Redness? We Can Help!

April is National Rosacea Awareness Month at Pure Dermatology Denver

14 million Americans have rosacea, a chronic and common skin condition that is characterized by persistent facial redness and flushing along with bumps, pimples, and visible blood vessels. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are many proven treatment options that can relieve symptoms.

See below as we explore:

    • Facts, types, and triggers of rosacea
    • Treatments to minimize rosacea
    • Featured rosacea skin care products
    • Aesthetician Corner: CYNOSURE® Palomar Icon™ to treat rosacea
  1. Rosacea is genetic: You can inherit a gene that predisposes you and your family members to the condition.
  2. Rosacea frequently affects people with lighter complexions: Rosacea can affect anybody, regardless of skin tone, however, it is more common in people with lighter complexions.
  3. Symptoms can worsen: Rosacea symptoms are likely to worsen over time if left untreated.
  4. Sun exposure: Excessive sun exposure can aggravate rosacea flare-ups.
  5. Rosacea can affect the eyes: Up to 50% of rosacea cases will have symptoms of redness and itching of the eyes.


Rosacea and acne can become confused

  • Acne:
    • Primarily characterized by pimples and clogged pores primarily in the T-zone, peripheral face, and jawline area.
    • It usually begins at a younger age (between 15 and 25 years).
    • Usually limited time with hormonal changes, but can occasionally be chronic.
  • Rosacea:
    • Primarily characterized by a background of redness with overlying pimples in the central face area of the cheeks and nose.
    • Usually occurs after the age of 30.
    • Usually chronic and long-lasting, but can be treated and controlled.


Rosacea has Four Subtypes

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea - Redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
  • Papulopustular rosacea - Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
  • Phymatous rosacea - Skin thickens and has a bumpy texture, usually on the nose.
  • Ocular rosacea - Eyes are red and inflamed, they may feel dry and irritated.


Rosacea Triggers

  • Dry climates
  • Extreme hot or cold temperatures
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Certain ingredients in skin care products (alcohol, urea, fragrance, glycolic acid, sodium laurel sulfate, menthol, lactic acid, camphor, and retinols)


Dermatologist Recommended Treatments for Rosacea

  • Prescription oral and topical medications:
  • Oral prescription anti-inflammatory medications, such as prescription doxycycline, are effective in papulopustular rosacea and are the gold standard treatment for ocular rosacea.
  • Topical prescription anti-inflammatory medications, such as metronidazole and ivermectin, and exfoliating ingredients such as azelaic acid.
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory products, including ingredients such as niacinamide.
  • Sun protection, daily SPF.
  • Surgical debunking of rhinophymatous changes of the nose.
  • Laser treatments can provide a significant reduction in redness and diminishment of blood vessels.

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Two fantastic medical grade skin care products that are ideal for rosacea prone skin available at Pure Dermatology Denver.

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Senté Dermal Repair Cream

What makes Senté’s medical-grade skincare unique is their patented technology, Heparan Sulfate Analog (HSA).

Dermal Repair Cream has been clinically proven to:

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SkinBetter Mystro Active Balance Serum

Mystro Active Balance Serum Improves the appearance of redness, skin texture, dullness, pore size and uneven pigmentation.

Mystro Active Balance Serum has been clinically proven to:

✨ Improve visible skin quality in just 2 weeks.

✨ Significant improvement in the appearance of redness, skin texture, dullness, pore size and uneven pigmentation after 8 weeks of twice-daily use.

✨ Helps achieve glowing, healthier-looking skin.

✨ 98% of patients said they felt more confident in the appearance of their skin after 12 weeks.

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CYNOSURE® Palomar Icon™ to treat Rosacea

Laser treatments for rosacea are quick, effective, and easily adjusted to fit your individual skincare needs.

  • Reduce the appearance of redness and broken blood vessels.
  • Reveal even, smooth skin.

How it works:

Specialized pulses target blood vessels without harming the surrounding skin. The light delivered to your skin causes them to slowly disappear through your body’s natural healing process.

Patients begin to see results after the first treatment, but there is usually a series of three treatments recommended for optimal results. Work with your provider to develop a plan that is right for you!

Schedule a FREE aesthetician consult to see if CYNOSURE® Palomar Icon™ would be a good treatment option to reach your skin care goals.