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According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), rosacea is an inflammatory-related disorder that often causes facial skin redness. Like other types of dematoses, patients with the disease may have higher than normal antinuclear antibody (ANA) titers, an indicator of the presence of autoimmune disease. The Journal of Rosacea Research and Development Institute also says that stress affects periodic episodes, also known as flares. Stress or anxiety is linked to almost seventy percent of flares; anger is cited in more than half of the cases.

This acne-like disorder affects almost fourteen million people in the U.S. and, like other skin conditions, may affect the sufferer’s self-esteem or social confidence. A dermatologist is trained to carefully diagnose and recommend treatment options to patients with this sometimes-embarrassing condition. It’s important for sufferers to seek the advice of a board-certified dermatologist such as Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta as soon as possible.


This is a chronic disorder. In other words, the condition may come and go in response to psychological or physical triggers. Stress may play a part in the development of the disease, and stress results as the disease manifests on the sufferer’s skin.

In many people, the face first appears flushed; redness, or hot-looking skin, appears on the forehead, nose, or cheeks. Most patients have a first flare at thirty years or older, but the condition tends to progress in frequency and intensity over time. Without treatment, the condition may produce skin eruptions, e.g. pimples or small facial bumps.

Later, the nose may seem swollen or out-of-shape. The eyes may become affected, as the autoimmune response may cause dry eyes. For instance, the sufferer may feel like he or she has sand in the eye. This sensation is the result of reduced tear production and is treatable.


Researchers don’t know the cause of the condition, but various factors cause facial blood vessels to swell in a flare-up. Damaged skin or follicles, skin mites, or psychological triggers are some of the possible causes. Researchers at Cornell University theorize that stress reaction causes neuropeptide production. In turn, neuropeptides dilate capillaries that cause the skin to appear hot and red.

Treatment Options

According to “Field Guide of Clinical Dermatology,” patients should consult a dermatologist such as Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta for diagnosis, treatment, and management of the condition. Dr. Kathleen J. Smith may recommend prescription topical or oral medicines for rapid relief of symptoms. Laser therapy can also help manage the appearance of redness.


Since diagnosis is the first step to managing a chronic skin condition, those who may be suffering with rosacea should request a consultation appointment: call Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta at 678-904-4932 now.

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