Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from Rosacea? (Commonly misspelled as rosesa or called "red cheeks" or "rosy cheeks".) Plastic surgeon Dr. Miranda from Pacific Plastic Surgery Group shares the scoop on Rosacea, how it's treated and a little tip you can easily try at home to eliminate redness.
What is Rosacea: Millions of Americans suffer from Rosacea, a skin condition that causes chronic blushing (also known as moderate to severe diffuse redness). The early phases typically begin with a tendency to blush, and then evolve into a persistent redness around the center of your face (particularly your nose).
Rosacea Progression: This persistent redness appears as a result of blood vessels that have dilated near your skins surface. If untreated, rosacea then progress into vascular stages in which small spider veins (telangiectasia) become visible on your cheeks and/or nose. Lastly, rosacea can become inflammatory and small red bumps/pustules will persistently appear across your nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin.
Rosacea Treatment: Rosacea is a condition that progressively worsens, which makes an early diagnosis your best line of defense. Topical treatments are proven to be more effective when they are started in the earlier phases, so the best time to see a physician is at the first sign of persistent redness.
Prescription topical treatments along with avoiding certain dietary triggers can help to effectively reduce flare-ups. Smartphones now offer a "Rosacea App" which tracks your food/drink intake, identifies your personal triggers, and even suggests helpful alternatives to your ‘trigger foods’ so you can avoid flare-ups.
Try This Redness Eliminating Trick: Some studies show that eating cold foods constrict the blood vessels, which actually reduces overall redness. Try placing something icy-cold (i.e. ice cream, popsicles, or just plain ice cubes) into the back of your mouth for approximately 2 minutes to temporarily reduces redness caused by a rosacea flare-up.
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About Dr. Miranda:Dr. Edward P. Miranda is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in high risk surgeries and offers the full range of modern cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. After graduating from medical school at Cornell, Dr. Miranda did residency training in general surgery at the University Of California San Francisco and became board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Miranda is a native of New York City and now practices in San Francisco, California and serves clients from Northern California and beyond. He is also affiliated with California Pacific Medical Center and St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco, California.