Rosacea is a complex inflammatory condition of the skin that results in redness and acne like bumps primarily to the face. It affects over 16 million people and most of whom don’t know they have it. In extreme cases it can cause Rhinophyma, resulting in a red, bumpy and bulbous nose. There are several treatments available to treat Rosacea to include topicals and oral medications. Like acne, rosacea is chronic and can be frustrating—but our team is here to help. Using a combination approach of prescription medications, special sunscreens, and appropriate skincare recommendations we can find the treatment plan that works best for each individual patient.
Rosacea Q & A
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that causes redness and bumps on the cheeks, forehead, nose, chin, neck and chest. Symptoms may also include swelling, a burning and/or itching sensation of the eyes, and small red lines exposed from under the skin that are caused by enlarged blood vessels. Anyone can develop rosacea, but the condition most commonly affects fair-skinned women between the ages of 30 and 60. It is often mistaken for eczema or a skin allergy.
What causes rosacea?
The cause of rosacea remains unknown, however there are believed to be many different triggers that may exacerbate the condition. These include:
- Heavy exercise
- Sun exposure
- Extreme cold temperatures
- Hot or spicy foods and beverages
- Alcohol consumption
- Emotional stress
What treatments for rosacea does Waldman Plastic Surgery and Dermatology offer?
There are several topical treatments available for Rosacea that work in diverse ways. Our providers will evaluate your skin and the severity of your Rosacea to determine which topical treatments are best suited to your individual needs. Topical treatments usually include either Metrogel, Finacea, Protopic and Soolantra. Oral medication can likewise successfully treat this condition and include Doxycycline and Oracea.
When it comes to rosacea, sun protection is crucial. Daily sunblock use alone can significantly improve rosacea symptoms. Sunblock should be applied every morning, even if you don’t plan on going outdoors. Because rosacea patients generally have sensitive skin, a sunblock without potentially irritating chemical ingredients is usually the best option. We carry Elta MD, a line that has several sunscreen options for patients with Rosacea.
Due to the sensitivity that Rosacea can cause, gentle cleansers, moisturizers and treatment products should be used to not exacerbate symptoms. Changes in skincare can sometimes dramatically improve facial redness and irritation. Our providers can recommend products we carry and over-the-counter products that are best suited to Rosacea patient’s special needs.
Visit the National Rosacea Society