What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, broken blood vessels, acne-like bumps, and facial flushing. It is most common in people with fair skin but is seen in people of all skin types. It typically begins in the central face but may involve the entire face, head, ears, and neck. Rosacea symptoms worsen over time if not treated. Because rosacea is a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease, it can reduce a person’s quality of life. Many people report problems at work, in their marriage, and with meeting new people. .
How do You Treat Rosacea?
If you have rosacea, your dermatologist can talk with you about treatment options. While treatment cannot cure rosacea, it can help reduce signs of rosacea on your skin, ease your discomfort, and prevent rosacea from worsening. While medicine or laser treatment can help reduce or clear signs of rosacea, your everyday habits may cause a new flare-up.
Learning how to do the following can help reduce flare-ups:
- Find your triggers. Many things you do can cause rosacea to flare. Dermatologists call these tripwires “triggers.” Common triggers for rosacea include becoming overheated, having cold wind blowing on your face and eating spicy foods. These may - or may not - cause your rosacea to flare. People have different triggers.
- Think sun protection 24/7. People who have rosacea often find that their skin is quite sensitive to the sun. To protect your skin from the sun, you’ll want to:
-- Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 (or higher) every day before you head outdoors
-- Avoid the midday sun
-- Seek shade when outdoors
-- Slip on a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors to protect your face and neck from the sun
-- Wear sun-protective clothing and sunglasses
Practice rosacea friendly skin care. Many skin care products can irritate skin with rosacea. Some skin care habits, such as scrubbing your skin clean, can cause rosacea to flare. Using mild skin care products and being gentle with your skin can help prevent flare-ups.
Lasers are an important part of rosacea treatment. Once broken blood vessels have appeared on the skin they will not go away with topical or even oral medication alone. Laser treatment removes these red marks, and improves facial redness. We use the award-winning Excel V laser from Cutera to treat rosacea in a simple in-office procedure. There may be mild redness afterward that lasts 1-3 days. Some people have small bruises where larger vessels were treated, which are absorbed by the body over several days to 1 week.
Your treatment plan will be tailored to treating your rosacea.