Do I have rosacea?

Do I have rosacea?

Here are some straight answers to one of the most commonly asked  questions in our practice.

What is rosacea? Rosacea is a very common and treatable skin condition that affects many people. While we don’t know the causes of rosacea, it tends to occur in both men and women with fair complexions.  It frequently begins as a tendency to blush easily, giving your cheeks a rosy appearance. With rosacea, those affected often develop persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually spread beyond the nose and cheeks to the forehead and chin. In some cases telangiectasias (spider veins) develop on the cheeks and chin. Acne-type breakouts may also occur as part of the condition and enlarged oil glands may appear. It can affect the neck, the  chest and in some cases the eyes. Rosacea can becomes uncomfortable and unsightly.

How can I prevent rosacea flare-ups  from occurring? Some ways to prevent a rosacea flare-up are to avoid the triggers that cause the condition to flare up. Spicy foods, alcohol, strenuous exercise, saunas and sun exposure are all common. For some that suffer from rosacea there may be more unique triggers.

Patient affected by Rosacea. Before and after treatment with Vbeam laser.

Is there a cure for Rosacea?

Advances in laser technology have lead to safe and effective treatments for rosacea.VBeam laser decreases redness and flushing in just a few safe and simple treatments. It will also take away facial spider veins. Oral medications can help alleviate the inflammation and decrease the redness of your skin. Topical treatments, many of them prescription, can reduce the inflammation around the blood vessels and decrease your over all facial redness when used in combination with laser. Products like SkinMedica Redness Relief Calm-Plex can also help to control facial redness associated with rosacea.

For more information about rosacea or to consult with Dr. Atkin on a treatment plan tailored to your skin contact Dermatology & Laser of Del Mar online or call our office (858) 350-7546