April is National Rosacea Awareness Month

14 million Americans have rosacea, a chronic and common skin condition that is characterized by persistent facial redness and flushing along with bumps, pimples, visible blood vessels, and skin thickening. Rosacea is most frequently diagnosed in women with fair skin and is commonly found on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are many proven treatment options that can relieve symptoms.
    See below as we explore:
      • Types of rosacea
      • Triggers that may cause rosacea
      • Treatments to minimize rosacea
      • Featured rosacea skin care product

    1. Rosacea has Four Subtypes

    • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea - Redness, flushing, 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 red and inflamed, may feel dry and irritated

    Rosacea and acne can sometime become confused. Acne is mainly characterized by pimples, while the main characteristic of rosacea is redness. Additionally, acne usually begins at a younger age (between 15 and 25 years) while rosacea usually occurs after the age of 30. Both acne and rosacea sometimes have a chronic character, the right treatments and advice can calm the skin and make sure the symptoms stay away for a longer period of time. It is important that you visit with your board-certified dermatologist to be sure you have the correct diagnosis for proper treatment.

    2. Rosacea Triggers

    • 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)

    3. Dermatologist Recommended Treatments for Rosacea

    • Prescription oral and topical products are effective and safe treatments for rosacea. Oral anti-inflammatory medication such as prescription doxycycline is effective in papulopustular rosacea and gold-standard treatment for ocular rosacea. Common prescriptions topical ingredients include anti-inflammatory medications such as metronidazole, and acaricidal agents such as 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
    • Intense Pulse Light (IPL) laser-like treatments, typically recommended a series of treatments 2-4 weeks apart for significant reduction of redness and diminishment of blood vessels

    Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to Treat Rosacea

    IPL uses controlled light in specific wavelengths to alleviate the inflammation, redness, pimples and uneven skin tones caused by rosacea. By treating the blood vessels causing rosacea the vascular response is diminished. We have seen dramatic results for patients with rosacea even in patients suffering with stinging and burning sensations. Depending on the severity of the symptoms results can be seen in 1-3 treatments.

    See our board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Cera Hill or Dr. Ghiselli, for diagnosis and treatment options of rosacea.

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