What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common inflammatory condition of the facial skin, which affects upwards of 16 million people in the United States. This chronic condition can have significant effects on an individual’s quality of life, often leading to lowered self-esteem and confidence and avoidance of social engagements.
Symptoms will typically begin after the age of 30 (occasionally in the 20s) and can include periodic flushing and blushing in the cheeks. Affected areas usually include the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. When left untreated, Rosacea can cause long-term changes to the skin such as telangiectasias which are small blood vessels easily seen by the naked eye. In severe cases, there may be thickening of the skin on the cheeks and nose. Rosacea can also cause “acne-like” red bumps and pustules on the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. For many people with Rosacea, there are triggers that can cause flares. These triggers often include sunlight, stress, spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, hot beverages, and exercise.
While no medication is available to cure Rosacea, there are good treatment options available to manage the symptoms and prevent the long-term changes in the skin caused by Rosacea. Treatment of Rosacea can greatly improve self-confidence and quality of life. Treatment options include:
Topical Antibiotics/Anti-Inflammatories: These medications help reduce the inflammatory acne-like bumps associated with Rosacea.
Mirvaso/Rhofade: Topical medications that can treat the redness associated with Rosacea.
Oral Antibiotics: Helps control the papules and pustules associated with Rosacea.
Vascular Lasers: Helps significantly with the redness and gives improvement that often lasts a year or more (see the section on Excel V, Laser Genesis for more information).
More information for patients can be found at www.rosacea.org.
If you have questions concerning Rosacea, please schedule an appointment to meet with one of our providers. At your visit, our providers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.