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Dr. Alpana Mohta Ranka, MD, DNB, IFAAD, is a dual-board-certified dermatologist with over 90 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Sensitive Skin with Persistent Redness? You Might Have Rosacea.

Updated: Oct 1, 2023

As a dermatologist, I see patients daily struggling with various skin issues, but rosacea is one of the most common. This irritating condition causes redness and bumps on the face—and can be a real confidence killer. But don't worry; I'm here to help you identify the signs of rosacea and find ways to manage it.

Shows a woman with sensitive skin with apparent red marks.

Here are the top three things that might indicate that you have rosacea:


#1: You have sensitive skin

If you have sensitive skin, it may be more prone to rosacea. It causes the skin to become irritated, red, or bumpy after using certain skincare products or experiencing weather changes.


#2: You have persistent redness on your face

If you have a flush that just won't quit, it could be a sign of rosacea. Redness on the nose, cheeks, and forehead accompanied by bumps or small blood vessels is a telltale sign.


#3: You experience flushing or blushing easily

If you blush frequently and your face turns red quickly—especially after eating spicy food or drinking alcohol—you could have rosacea. Heat, stress, and caffeine consumption are common flushing triggers among people with rosacea.


What can you do if you think you have rosacea?

A visit to a dermatologist is the first step toward an accurate diagnosis of sensitive skin. From there, your doctor can recommend treatments, including medications and lifestyle changes, and specially-formulated skin care products.


Medicines that treat rosacea include topical creams, antibiotics, and oral prescriptions. Lifestyle changes such as avoiding triggers like spicy food and alcohol and protecting the skin from the sun—can all help control your condition.


For people with rosacea, it is essential to use gentle and non-irritating skincare products—including creams and cleansers formulated for sensitive skin. Working with a dermatologist can help determine the best treatment plan for individual needs. I also have an article for fragrance free moisturizer recommendations.


Don't let rosacea ruin your day. Recognizing the symptoms of skin conditions and seeking treatment from a qualified dermatologist is the best way to take control of your skin's health.

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