Rosacea Treatments

01 Mar Rosacea Treatments

woman lying on floorRosacea treatments (“roh-ZAY-sha”) are available for this skin disease characterize by redness on the face (also called “facial erythema”), particularly along the cheeks, nose and forehead. Any dermatologist will say it primarily affects female Caucasians of northwestern European descent between the ages of 30 and 60. However, dermatologists see patients of other ethnicities, both sexes and any age for rosacea treatments.

While the exact cause of rosacea is still unknown, dermatologists believe it happens when the blood vessels in the face expand, causing a red appearance in the skin. Environmental triggers, such as exposure to harsh wind or the sun, consumption of alcohol or spicy food and exercise can cause the blood vessels to expand and thereby trigger rosacea (also called a “flare-up”).

Rosacea is generally harmless, though the appearance can be unsightly and embarrassing to those suffering from it.

Although there is no cure for rosacea, it can be treated and managed with rosacea treatments. If you have or think you may have rosacea, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. Rosacea symptoms only get worse if they are left untreated.

Symptoms include a chronically flushed face or tiny red veins that look like spider webs. Pimples and tiny bumps may also appear. Patients with rosacea also sometimes experience a burning or stinging sensation on their face, particularly when applying facial moisturizers or medications. Facial skin may also feel sunburned, dry or very sensitive.

In severe cases, rosacea can affect the eyes and eyelids, causing vision to be blurry and the eyelids to appear red and swollen. Rosacea treatments affecting the eyes must begin immediately to prevent long-term damage or eye problems.

Thankfully, all rosacea treatments are non-invasive. The most common of rosacea treatments involves applying topical creams provided by a dermatologist to help reduce the inflammation that is causing the rosacea. The creams may contain antibiotics or steroids.

Other rosacea treatments include taking oral antibiotics and prescription medication such as Accutane or with more severe cases patients may undergo a dermabrasion, cryosurgery or treatment with lasers such as intense pulsed light (IPL™).

A dermabrasion is the removal of the skin with a special instrument that allows the skin to heal with a smoother appearance. Cryosurgery (also called cryosurgery) is the process of destroying the effected skin cells by freezing them with liquid nitrogen.

Since the signs and symptoms of rosacea vary from patient to patient, your dermatologist will devise a unique rosacea treatment plan that specially targets your individual case.

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