Rosacea

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disease-causing redness, flushing, and pimples commonly found on the face.  Initially, Rosacea can come and go but eventually becomes long-lasting.  Common triggers include heat, caffeine, alcohol, and stress.  It is commonly called “adult acne.”  There are four types of Rosacea and it is important to identify the correct type in order to treat the rosacea appropriately.

Symptoms of Rosacea

  • Nose and cheeks visibly swell and become red
  • Red and swollen bumps on the face (looks similar to acne)
  • Eye irritation, dryness, and swollen eyelids

Types of Rosacea

  • Papulopustular Rosacea: Red swollen bumps filled with pus. Associated with whiteheads, typically appearing on the cheeks, chin, and forehead
  • Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea:  persistent redness and broken blood vessels on the face.  Without seeking treatment redness may spread and become permanent
  • Ocular Rosacea:  affects the eyes making them look bloodshot or watery.  Eyes can feel gritty or itchy.
  • Phymatous Rosacea: Causes the skin to thicken and scar.  It can become bumpy, swollen, thickened, and discolored with numerous broken blood vessels.

Treatments for Rosacea

Individuals with Rosacea experience low self-esteem, confidence and decreased social interaction.  Our dermatology team can help determine the best solution to get your confidence back. There are many effective medical treatments available.  The skin changes associated with Rosacea can be treated by intense pulse light (IPL) or laser therapy.  Our process will identify the type of Rosacea and identify the best therapy solution.