What is Rosacea?
This is a skin disease that is quite common and is usually mistaken as an acne outbreak. Rosacea is commonly found in middle-aged women that have fair skin but can also be found among those with darker tones. They can develop in patients even past the age of 60. Although not fully understood yet as to what causes it, Rosacea patients lack certain proteins which act to reduce the inflammation. This skin disease currently has no cure but there are very effective treatment options to control Rosacea.
If you somehow contract Rosacea, it is important to know that this is a chronic condition of the skin. It can be characterized when there is flushing or redness observed, with pimples and prominent blood vessels. Rosacea is usually confused with acne but doesn’t have the pore clogging, increased oil production and bacteria that comes with an acne outbreak. It also appears often on the central face area and has symptoms which include stinging, burning, swelling and itching.
There are certain triggers that can make worse the symptoms of this disease and it will vary for each individual. Such triggers include spicy foods, extreme temperatures alcohol consumption and prolonged exposure to the sun. Just like all chronic skin conditions, stress can worsen the symptoms of Rosacea.
Since there is no cure for Rosacea, the main goal here is to reduce the inflammation and redness associated with it.
This will improve your appearance and also alleviate any symptoms that come with it. Using topical treatments can include sun protection, gentle cleaners and prescription antibiotics.
Rosacea treatment can include oral medications, topical treatments and light therapy procedures used in combination. There are major anti-inflammatory benefits by using oral antibiotics such as minocycline and doxycycline.
There is also the option to go with the V-Beam laser and Intense Pulse Light available here at the Advanced Dermatology clinic. These are the two most effective of our treatments in reducing symptoms and Rosacea triggers.
Furthermore, such treatments can significantly minimize the symptoms that are associated with this skin condition such as swelling, flushing and itching.
How To Treat Rosacea
Avoid Rosacea Triggers
Certain triggers, which vary by individual, are known to aggravate the symptoms of this disease. These include prolonged sun exposure, spicy or hot foods or beverages, smoking, extreme temperatures and alcohol consumption. As with most chronic skin conditions, stress can significantly exacerbate the symptoms associated with rosacea.
Topical And Oral Rosacea Treatments
The primary goal in the treatment of rosacea is to reduce both redness and inflammation, thereby not only alleviating the symptoms but also improving the appearance of the skin. Topical treatments may include use of a gentle cleanser, liberal use of sun protection and a prescription topical antibiotic. Rosacea treatment often includes a combination of topical treatments, oral medications and/or in-office laser or light therapy procedures. Oral antibiotics such as doxycycline or minocycline have significant anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin at low dosages, and can be very effective in reducing the appearance of redness, swelling and pimples that accompany rosacea flares.
Laser And Photodynamic Therapy For Rosacea
The V-Beam laser and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) available at Advanced Dermatology are two of the most effective treatments in reducing persistent facial redness associated with rosacea. These types of therapies are aimed at eliminating the permanently dilated superficial blood vessels that crowd the surface of the epidermis in rosacea patients that cause the look of chronic red skin.
Additionally these treatments often result in a significant reduction of the vascular symptoms associated with rosacea, such as frequent episodic flushing, swelling and feelings of increased warmth in the central face. Once a series of V-beam or IPL sessions has been performed, long- term results can be expected, though periodic follow-up treatments will be necessary to eliminate newly formed blood vessels.
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