What are the Common Risk Factors For Rhinophyma?

Rhinophyma risks

What are the Common Risk Factors For Rhinophyma?


Rhinophyma is a skin condition characterised by thickening of the skin of the nose. It is considered the end stage of rosacea

While there are some excellent rhinophyma treatment options available, it is just as important to appreciate the associated risk factors. This will help you to obtain a diagnosis at an early stage if you suspect that rhinophyma is present and prompt early treatment.

Age and Gender

Studies have shown that this condition tends to develop later in life (generally between 50 and 70 years old). While some women may be affected, rhinophyma generally impacts men. Dr. Madan has published the largest case series of treatment of rhinopyhyma with the Carbon dioxide laser and has successfully treated men and women from across the country and abroad.

Heredity and Skin Tone

Although there are no specific geographical regions more prone to this condition than others, it is thought that those with a northern European heritage could be at a higher risk. This is due to the fact that lighter skins are associated with increased chances of developing rhinophyma. Having said that, even darker skin patients and those with oily skin or uncontrolled rosacea can also develop rhinophyma.

There is some anecdotal evidence that those who work within hot environments (such as a commercial kitchen) could be at a greater risk of developing rhinophyma.

Dietary Components

It is said that rhinopyhma may be influenced by specific dietary habits. Whilst there is no concrete evidence to support the role of diet in causation of rhinophyma directly, any diet that worsens rosacea can influence rhinophyma. For example, higher incidences have been observed in men who eat a significant amount of spicy food.

Excessive alcohol consumption is also a factor which should never be taken lightly. There may also be a correlation between drinking hot fluids to excess and the presence of this skin condition.

It is important to note that the presence of these risk factors does not necessarily signify that rhinophyma will develop. There are also many effective treatment options if this condition is detected at an early stage.

Due you suspect that you might be suffering from rhinophyma or any other skin affliction? If so, be sure to speak with a technician at UK Dermatologist. We will be more than happy to provide the answers that you have been looking for.

What are the Common Risk Factors For Rhinophyma?

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