Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by red, sensitive skin. While it’s easy to recognize with the naked eye, it’s a bit harder to categorize scientifically. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, rosacea is divided into several subtypes: More mild versions are illustrated by pink or red skin, while patients with more moderate-to-severe rosacea display those symptoms along with varying levels of acne-like bumps. Because it is chiefly associated with inflammation, it most often presents in the form of redness, flushing, pimples, broken blood vessels, or bumps.
Our treatment for rosacea is individualized in order to best address our patient’s unique subtypes. “Triggers are very individual, very personal,” says Dr. Kenneth Howe. “They’re also difficult to identify, but they help reduce flushes of red. The more times you turn red, the more intense your baseline reddish skin becomes.” We also can give guidelines for skincare regimes that help reduce redness. With the addition of oral and topical prescription products, such as antibiotics or creams, skin often shows improvement in tone and texture.
For some, the only answer is the use of devices such as IPL or Candela® Vbeam, which reduce redness. For others, we use a variety of machines followed by LED treatment to help ensure that the skin remains as calm as possible and that the healing process is stimulated. Once the redness is brought under control, we then can focus on treating the bumps and acne that are problematic for so many of our patients.
Our Doctors Say…
“Rosacea flare-ups are triggered by lifestyle. You can get rid of dilated blood vessels, but new ones will appear if you drink alcohol, smoke, eat spices, or get sun exposure. Stress is also a factor!”
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