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Effective Rosacea Treatment in Greensboro, NC

Sometimes referred to as “adult acne,” rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition that causes swelling and redness on the face. Some who suffer from rosacea have visible blood vessels, a flushed appearance, and small red bumps that can look like acne. Because rosacea is a chronic condition, your symptoms may not always be visible, instead flaring up right when it feels most inconvenient and intrusive in your life.

Getting the help you need is about more than calming some skin redness. About half of people with rosacea experience additional symptoms, like irritated, dry, and swollen eyes, red eyelids, or a thickening of the skin on the nose, leading to a bulbous appearance. For others, rosacea can be intensely painful, burning, or stinging in a way that interferes with work, play, and everyday life.


Rosacea FAQs

Ready to learn more about rosacea? Our dermatology team is always here to answer your questions. If you don’t see your question here, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. McCarthy during your initial consultation!

There does appear to be a link between rosacea and your immune system, but we don’t have quite enough evidence to say for sure that rosacea is an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders are those where your immune cells attack normal tissues in the body. Rosacea involves chronic inflammation, but the underlying cause could be related to your genes, environmental triggers, your immune system, or a combination of all three.

Some of the best ways to calm flare-ups are to manage your triggers. That means avoiding sun exposure, certain cosmetic products, heat, stress, and even alcohol. One of the most important things you can do is to use sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy or cold outside. If you do have a flare-up, you can try an ice pack, green tea extract, and drinking plenty of water to temporarily alleviate the symptoms.

For long-term relief, it’s important to visit a dermatologist to get a customized solution. We can help you determine your unique triggers and develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

Rosacea’s symptoms come and go, flaring up from anywhere from a few weeks to several months, but the underlying condition itself never goes away. There is, unfortunately, no cure for rosacea, but with today’s advanced dermatological techniques, we can help you prevent and control its signs and symptoms.

During the onset of rosacea, you may not even realize that you have it. Dr. McCarthy and his team are here to help diagnose rosacea, especially in the early stages, when it may appear similar to other skin conditions that respond to different treatments. We don’t recommend attempting to self-diagnose or self-treat, as some over-the-counter skincare products may worsen your condition.

Rosacea has four main types, and understanding which type you have is important for your overall skin health and treatment plan. A board-certified dermatologist can discover whether you have:

  • Vascular rosacea: characterized by visible blood vessels and areas of red skin on the face
  • Inflammatory rosacea: characterized by hard, red bumps and pus-filled pustules.
  • Phymatous rosacea: characterized by thickened, bumpy skin and/or enlarged nose
  • Ocular rosacea: characterized by inflamed eyes and eyelids, which may or may not appear alongside other more visible skin symptoms

There are many treatment options available for rosacea, ranging from topical medications to oral antibiotics. Many people with rosacea benefit from certain lifestyle adjustments, such as using skincare products that are gentle and fragrance-free. Dr. McCarthy and his team are happy to help you identify irritating ingredients in your daily life, making product, diet, and lifestyle recommendations that may help prevent symptoms while fitting easily into your routine.


Rosacea Photos

Rosacea can look different, depending on which type you have. Browse our photos below to get an idea of what rosacea can look like, plus the difference our doctors can make!


Rosacea Treatment Dermatologist in Greensboro, NC

If you think you may have rosacea, let our board-certified dermatologist help you create a personalized treatment plan to manage your symptoms and get back to your life worry-free.

Schedule your consultation with our Greensboro office to get started on your journey to calm, clear skin today. Call (336) 900-1525 or request an appointment online.

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