Recognizing the Risk Factors for Rosacea

Rosacea is a troublesome skin disease. It causes noticeable redness and flushing on the facial skin. There are a few different types of rosacea. Some people may notice visible blood vessels, thick and bumpy skin, irritated eyes, and breakouts similar to acne. If you suspect you might have rosacea, you shouldn’t delay seeing a dermatologist. When it’s left untreated, rosacea often gets worse. At the dermatology clinic, you’ll be asked about your symptoms and your medical history.

Family History

Your family history can be influential in your own personal health history. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with rosacea, you may be more likely to get it too. However, it’s not inevitable, since having a family history of a particular disease isn’t the same as inheriting a genetic disease. Scientists don’t yet know exactly what causes rosacea, but it may be a combination of family history and environmental factors.

Age

It’s possible to develop rosacea earlier in life, but most people who are diagnosed with it are at least 30 years old. And if you’re going to get it, rosacea will typically develop before age 50.

Sex

Another uncontrollable risk factor of rosacea is a person’s sex. Women are far more likely to develop this skin disease than men. It isn’t known exactly why this occurs, nor is it known why rosacea seems to affect men and women differently. Men with rosacea are more likely to develop complications of the nose, such as noticeable swelling and redness. Women are more likely to get facial redness or bumps on the cheeks and chin.

Skin Type

Rosacea can affect anyone, but it’s much more common among people with fair skin. The redness and flushing might also be more noticeable on fair skin. People with rosacea are more likely to have ethnic backgrounds that are traditionally associated with fair skin, such as Irish, English, Scandinavian, and Scottish ancestry.

At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, you’ll find state-of-the-art treatments for skin problems like rosacea. Our dermatology team in Salt Lake City often recommends IPL photorejuvenation therapy for our patients with rosacea. Call (801) 266-8841 to request our next available appointment.

Do Moles Need to Be Treated by a Dermatologist?

It’s not uncommon for one person to have dozens of moles. Most of them develop over the course of a lifetime, and the majority of them are nothing to worry about. But because abnormal changes in moles might indicate skin cancer, a dermatologist should check them out. It’s recommended that every adult schedule a skin cancer screening once each year, or perhaps more often if you have a history of skin cancer.

You should have your moles examined and documented. This allows for comparison later on. Moles that grow larger, change in color, or otherwise change dramatically in a short period of time should be examined by a dermatologist promptly. Before you leave your appointment, ask the doctor for tips on performing a skin self-exam at home. Adults should do skin self-checks once per month, although this isn’t a substitute for annual screenings by the doctor.

Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City encourages our neighbors to protect themselves with annual skin cancer screenings . Get in touch with our friendly office staff at (801) 266-8841.

See How to Exfoliate Your Skin with Your Washcloth

The best skin care tips come from board-certified dermatologists, since they can tell you exactly what is best for your particular skin type and concerns. While you’re waiting for your dermatology appointment, however, take a look at this quick video. It features a professional makeup artist who demonstrates an easy way to exfoliate.

She recommends using a regular terrycloth washcloth to exfoliate, instead of a fancy exfoliation wand. After moistening the washcloth with plain water, she demonstrates using gentle, circular movements to exfoliate the model’s skin. No cleanser is required, unless you would like to clean your face at the same time.

Educating our patients about skin care and health is a major part of our mission here at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call (801) 266-8841 to request a dermatology visit in Salt Lake City.

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