What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes visible blood vessels and redness in the face. Small, red, pimple-like bumps may also occur. Rosacea symptoms may flare up for weeks to months and then recede. The exact cause for rosacea is unknown, though your genes, reactive blood vessels in the face, and bacteria in the gut may play a role. While this condition can affect anyone, it is most common in middle-aged women with light skin or those with a family history of rosacea.
Common signs and symptoms of rosacea include:
· Facial redness.
· Burning or stinging of the skin.
· Red, swollen bumps that may contain pus.
· Eye problems including dry, irritated, or swollen eyes or eyelids.
· An enlarged nose (rhinophyma).
There are a number of factors that may cause rosacea to flare, including consuming hot drinks or spicy foods, drinking alcoholic beverages, sunlight or wind, exercise, emotions, and temperature extremes. Patients are encouraged to keep track of which factors cause their rosacea to flare.
Rosacea Treatment Options
Rosacea treatments focus on controlling symptoms and usually include a combination of good skin care and prescription drugs. The length of treatment will depend on the severity of symptoms. Common treatment options include:
· Topical Drugs: Dr. Beach may prescribe a cream or gel that reduces redness for mild to moderate rosacea.
· Oral Antibiotics: Oral antibiotics can be prescribed for moderate to severe rosacea with pimples and bumps.
· Oral Acne Drug: For rosacea that does not respond to other treatments, isotretinoin may be prescribed.
Energy based therapy with laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) may be able to reduce redness of the skin due to enlarged blood vessels. Repeat treatments are often required to maintain the improved appearance and feel of the skin.
Who is a Good Candidate for Rosacea Treatment?
Individuals with rosacea that is uncomfortable or causes self-consciousness can benefit from rosacea treatment. If you believe you may have rosacea but have not been diagnosed, be sure to contact our office to discuss how to arrange for a consultation.
What to Expect After Rosacea Treatment?
Following regular use of rosacea treatment, patients will see an improvement in their rosacea symptoms. Dr. Beach will help you determine when you should stop your rosacea treatment based on the severity of your symptoms. It is important to understand that rosacea can recur and flare periodically.
Contact Us Today
To learn more about your rosacea treatment options, contact our office today! We will be happy to discuss how to schedule your consultation with Dr. Beach, during which you will be able to discuss your rosacea treatment goals.