Rosacea Specialist

Access Dermatology Clinic  -  - Dermatologist

Access Dermatology Clinic

Dermatologists located in Franklin & Glasgow, KY & Gallatin, TN

If you’re among the 16 million Americans living with rosacea, you probably experience disruptive skin symptoms. At Access Dermatology Clinic, board-certified providers James Allred, MD, FAAD, and Sherelen Hodges, APRN, DCNP, and the team provide personalized rosacea care at the Franklin and Glasgow, Kentucky, and Gallatin, Tennessee, offices. Call the office or book your appointment online today.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a dermatological condition that causes prominent skin redness along with enlarged blood vessels and other chronic symptoms. 

The skin condition can reduce your quality of life, causing work difficulties, social problems, and other life-altering issues. Up to 70% of people with rosacea say that the condition negatively affects their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Rosacea can look similar to acne, eczema, or psoriasis, or other skin diseases, so it's important to visit Access Dermatology Clinic for an accurate diagnosis and treatment if you're having symptoms of rosacea. 

What are the symptoms of rosacea?

Rosacea typically starts with frequent blushing or facial flushing. It can cause a variety of issues, including:

  • Visible facial veins
  • Redness
  • Facial swelling
  • Acne like bumps
  • Skin thickening
  • Eye redness, watering, or blurry vision

Rosacea mainly causes symptoms on the face — particularly the nose and cheeks — but it can also cause redness and other symptoms on the ears, chest, and upper back as well. 

Who is prone to rosacea?

Rosacea usually occurs in adults aged 30-50, but it can sometimes occur in children and teenagers as well. Women develop rosacea more frequently than men, but the condition is usually more severe in men.

Rosacea mainly affects people with light complexions, although it can occur in people with darker skin. People who previously had significant acne are more likely to develop rosacea.

What causes rosacea?

Causes of rosacea are uncertain, but researchers believe several factors may play a role, including genetics, immune system reactions, intestinal microorganisms, and demodex mites (skin mites). 

Despite unknown causes, many people with rosacea have clear triggers. Common triggers include sun exposure, heat, alcoholic beverages, spicy foods, and certain medications.

How is rosacea treated?

Access Dermatology Clinic offers individualized rosacea management plans. Your treatment may include a variety of interventions, such as:

  • Identifying and avoiding your triggers
  • Topical creams or gels
  • Oral medications
  • Laser therapy 

If you have eye problems like redness, watering, and blurry vision, the team may work with an eye doctor to tailor your treatment. Rosacea responds best to early interventions, so don't wait to get help until your flare-ups grow unbearable.

Access Dermatology Clinic can help you live comfortably with rosacea, so call the office nearest to you or book your appointment online.