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By Applegarth Dermatology PC
June 10, 2019
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Rosacea  

Rosacea is a fairly common skin condition that affects as many as 14 million Americans according to the American Academy of dermatologistDermatology. Found to be most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50, rosacea can affect anyone, even the faces of famous celebrities and world leaders like former president Bill Clinton, Prince William, and his late mother Princess Diana. Fortunately, there are options available to help treat and manage flareups. If you are suffering from rosacea, skincare and dermatology services from Dr. William Applegarth's offices in La Porte and Valparaiso, IN.


Rosacea Treatment at our offices in La Porte and Valparaiso, IN

Rosacea causes redness and irritation mostly on the face, with visible blood vessels and small bumps usually around the nose, cheeks, and chin area. While there is technically no pinpointed cause or cure for rosacea, there are several treatment options that rosacea patients can take advantage of to either decrease the likelihood of outbreaks or to minimize their severity when they occur.


Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea

Rosacea is often mistaken with other common skin problems like acne or a rash. If you are not sure what is causing your symptoms or have new symptoms that either don't clear up within a week or continue to reoccur, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

The most common signs and symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Redness across the face, usually around the nose and checks
  • Swollen and visible red blood vessels
  • Red bumps (may contain pus)
  • Skin feels warm or hot to the touch
  • Coarse skin around the nose
  • Redness/swelling around the eyes

Rosacea is most common in women with fair skin, but it can affect anyone. Factors like smoking, drinking alcohol, diet, environment, and family history can all increase the risk for some people. Keeping the skin clean and dry, protecting yourself from sun exposure, and avoiding known triggers for rosacea are all great methods of defense. Your dermatologist may also prescribe medication and treatments like laser therapy.


Find a Dermatologist in La Porte and Valparaiso, IN

For more information about rosacea or other skin conditions and treatment options, contact Applegarth Dermatology PC today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Applegarth by calling (219) 548-0360 for Valparaiso or (219) 362-0161 for La Porte.

By Applegarth Dermatology PC
May 16, 2019
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Rosacea  

Does your face sometimes appear extremely red and flushing? While a slight blush is certainly nice, if the blush is severe or widespread you may be dealing a common condition known as rosacea. People with rosacea often liken their redness to looking like they are sunburned even though they are not, and the redness often appears across the nose and cheeks but can spread to the forehead, as well.

Along with redness those with rosacea may also experience:

  • Sensitivity
  • Stinging or burning
  • Hard bumps that look similar to acne
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Thicker skin (in more advanced cases)

Rosacea is more common in women than men, as well as those over 30 years old. Rosacea is characterized by flare-ups of redness that may go away and then come back when in contact with certain triggers. Common rosacea triggers include:

  • Sunlight
  • Heat or cold
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods
  • Caffeine
  • Certain skincare products
  • Wind
  • Certain medications
  • Exercise

It’s important to note when you experience triggers to figure out what might be causing your flare-ups so you can avoid them whenever possible.

Treating Rosacea

There are no over-the-counter medications designed to treat rosacea, so the only way to get the proper treatment you need to get your symptoms under control is to see a dermatologist. There are certain prescription medications that may be prescribed to lessen your symptoms. These medications include:

  • Certain drugs and topical medications that reduce redness
  • Oral antibiotics (to kill the bacteria responsible for inflammation)
  • Isotretinoin (for severe and unresponsive rosacea cases)

In some cases, your skin doctor may also recommend laser therapy to reduce redness and the appearance of blood vessels. Common laser therapies for rosacea include dermabrasion and intense pulsed light therapy.

Along with medication and laser therapy it’s important to be gentle with your skin and to always wear sunscreen before going outside. Choose a sunscreen that offers full-spectrum protection and has an SPF of at least 30. Even on cloudy or windy days you should apply sunscreen. Also be aware of certain products and makeup that could also be causing flare-ups. There is also makeup on the market that can conceal redness.

If you think that your redness may be the result of rosacea isn’t it time you got answers? Schedule a consultation with our trusted dermatologist today.

By Applegarth Dermatology PC
February 02, 2018
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Rosacea  

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition of the face that affects an estimated 16 million Americans. Because rosacea is frequently misdiagnosed and confused with acne,Rosacea sunburn or eye irritation, a large percentage of people suffering from rosacea fail to seek medical help due to lack of awareness.  It’s important to understand the warning signs of rosacea and need for treatment to make the necessary lifestyle changes and prevent the disorder from becoming progressively severe.

Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, you may be more susceptible to rosacea if:

  • You are fair-skinned
  • You blush easily
  • You are female
  • You have a family history of rosacea
  • You are between the ages of 30 and 50

A frequent source of social embarrassment, for many people rosacea affects more than just the face. Rosacea is a chronic skin disease, which means it lasts for a lifetime. Learning what triggers your rosacea is an important way to reduce flare-ups and manage symptoms. This may include avoiding stress, too much sunlight, heavy exercise, extreme temperatures and certain foods or beverages.

What Are the Symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea frequently causes the cheeks to have a flushed or red appearance. The longer rosacea goes untreated, the higher the potential for permanent redness of the cheeks, nose and forehead. Symptoms of rosacea will not be the same for every person. Common symptoms include:

  • Facial burning and stinging
  • Facial flushing and blush that evolves to persistent redness
  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
  • Small, visible broken blood vessels on the face
  • Acne-like breakouts on the face
  • Watery or irritated eyes

If you recognize any of the warning signs of rosacea, visit your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. A dermatologist will examine your skin for common warning signs and tailor a treatment plan for your unique condition. Treatment will vary for each individual, ranging from topical medicine, antibiotics and lasers or light treatment. While there is currently no cure, with proper management patients can learn how to avoid triggers, prevent flare-ups and manage their condition to live a healthy, active life.