What Is Rosacea?

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is one of the most common skin conditions that dermatologists diagnose and treat each year. The American Academy of Dermatology Association estimates that 16 million Americans struggle with rosacea. If you’re affected by this skin problem, you may wonder if it is associated with other medical conditions like cancer. A dermatologist at Penstein Dermatology in New York, NY, can talk to you about rosacea and help you come up with a plan to resolve any possible related health concerns.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that most commonly affects middle-aged women with light skin complexions. It shows up as redness, especially on the face including the cheeks and nose, pimples, and visible veins. Even the eyes can be affected with redness and a burning sensation. A specific cause of rosacea has not been identified, but it could be associated with lifestyle circumstances and choices such as:

  • Stress.
  • Physical exertion.
  • Overexposure to sunlight without sunscreen.
  • Overconsumption of alcoholic and caffeinated drinks.
  • Eating spicy food and drinking very hot drinks.

This skin condition can also be hereditary, as it sometimes runs in families. A skin doctor at Penstein Dermatology in New York, NY, can treat rosacea with topical creams and gels, oral medications, and laser therapy as well as lifestyle and dietary changes.

Could Rosacea Be Linked to Cancer?

Some patients may be concerned that rosacea could be linked to cancer due to the bumps, pimples, and discoloration of the skin. The National Rosacea Association suggests a possible association between rosacea and certain types of cancer in some patients based on a study published in the Japanese Journal of Dermatology. Also, skin cancers sometimes show up as red patches on the skin like rosacea. However, it is more likely that rosacea is associated with disorders related to the immune and nervous system. Rosacea and other possible related conditions must be properly diagnosed by a physician.

Talk to a Dermatologist at Penstein Dermatology

The team at Penstein Dermatology in New York, NY, specializes in helping rosacea patients. If you have concerns about rosacea and how it may be related to cancer or other health conditions, call (212) 517-5171 today to schedule a consultation with one of our providers.

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