Blushing? No, that may be rosacea

Thursday, April 1, 2021

By: Jeff Ash

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Young woman in split-screen photo with rosacea on face at left and normal skin on face at right.

Someone with red cheeks might not be blushing. It might not be the wind or the sun, either.


That person may have rosacea.


April is Rosacea Awareness Month, a time to learn about the long-term skin condition that causes facial redness and dilated blood vessels. It affects more than 16 million Americans.


Facial redness is the most common sign of rosacea. Over time, skin will become more red. There may be bumps, pimples and visible blood vessels. This may cause the face to burn, sting or become swollen. Eyes can look bloodshot and feel dry or gritty. In the most severe cases, skin may become thick with excess tissue, particularly around the nose.


As with many misunderstood conditions, there are a bunch of myths about rosacea. Let’s dispel some.


Myth: Poor hygiene leads to rosacea.

Fact: Poor hygiene is not a factor. Rosacea is a vascular and inflammatory skin condition.


Myth: Rosacea is adult acne.

Fact: Acne rosacea is a subtype of rosacea. It’s independent from typical adult-onset acne.


Myth: Too much alcohol consumption causes rosacea.

Fact: Alcohol doesn’t cause rosacea, but it can cause its symptoms to worsen.


Myth: Caffeine and coffee cause rosacea.

Fact: Any hot beverage can trigger rosacea symptoms. Caffeine doesn’t.


Nick Grimm, PA-C, a dermatology services provider with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, treats a variety of skin conditions including rosacea. He suggests these strategies to protect your skin:

  • Take shorter, tepid showers (the hotter the water, the more skin oils are stripped away)
  • Avoid using soap
  • Use fragrance-free products
  • Use moisturizers with a synthetic ceramide (this seals moisture into the skin)
  • Use SPF year round
  • Cover your face in the cold and wind
  • Avoid triggers

Stress can aggravate rosacea or cause it to flare up. Managing stress can help ease its effects on the skin.


An aesthetic facial treatment administered by a physician or medical aesthetician may be an option for treating redness from rosacea. ELOS skin rejuvenation is a non-invasive treatment that uses bipolar radiofrequencies and light energies to treat the skin. It gradually restores the pigment in the skin, providing a more healthy-looking appearance.


Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic providers work collaboratively with each other.


Nick Grimm, PA-C, sees patients in Green Bay and Marinette. To request an appointment with him or with a physician or medical aesthetician with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic, call 920-288-8240 or request an appointment online.

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