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3 Tips For Managing Rhinophyma

by Stephen Silva

Some types of rosacea can cause the skin on the nose to thicken (rhinophyma). In addition to making people self-conscious about their appearance, blackheads and clogged sebaceous glands are significantly more common with rhinophyma and exacerbate the problem. There are several ways of managing rhinophyma and making the condition less noticeable.

Have Regular Extractions

Although extractions will not reduce the appearance of rhinophyma, it can minimize the acne and trapped oils under the skin that also contribute to changes in the skin's appearance. Due to the thickening of the skin it is much easier for oil and dirt to become trapped in pores. Retail products are typically ineffective at keeping your pores clear.

Trying extractions yourself, unless you are directed by your dermatologist, may contribute to scarring or push debris further into the pores. Your dermatologist will likely determine the best schedule for extractions based on the extent of your rhinophyma and how easy or difficult it is to extract debris from your pores. In some cases, it might take several session to achieve the desired results before you can establish a maintenance plan.

Discuss Retinoid Treatments

Retinoid creams are prescribed by your dermatologist to help soften the skin on your nose, making extractions easier and reducing subsequent issues with clogged pores. If you and your dermatologist have discussed the appropriate use of comedone extractors, the regular use of retinoids can make it easier to perform extractions yourself. When using a retinoid cream you need to be especially careful about sun exposure, since retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and prone to burning. Additionally, sun damage will only worsen changes in your skin and contribute to flare-ups of rosacea.

Consider Skin Removal

Rhinophyma can significantly alter the appearance of your nose, making it appear much larger than usual. There are options available to remove some of the thickened tissue, which can improve the appearance of your nose and minimize some concerns regarding clogged pores. One such method is electrosurgery, which uses high heat to burn off the targeted tissue and cauterize the area simultaneously. If you are considering electrosurgery or another procedure to help remove the thickened skin from your nose, it helps your doctor if you have an old picture to show them the original shape your nose. The goal of the procedure is not only to remove thickened skin, but to sculpt the nose to resemble its original appearance.

The changes in your physical appearance associated with rhinophyma can be frustrating. Fortunately, there are different ways you can make changes less noticeable and/or regain the original shape and size of your nose. To learn more, contact a company like East Carolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery, PLLC