Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by redness or flushing, broken capillaries, papules and pustules, and sometimes hypertrophy of the oil glands. The midface is most, affected but other areas such as the eyelids may be involved. If left untreated, it will progress and can be unsightly and uncomfortable. The oil glands on the nose and midface can increase in size, giving the nose a thick and bulbous appearance.

Rosacea can be treated and managed, but it is a chronic skin disease. A treatment regimen of oral medications or topical creams can be prescribed by your dermatologist. Laser skin treatments such as the VBeam Perfecta® laser for redness and Smoothbeam™ skin resurfacing for sebaceous gland hyperplasia may reverse some of the signs of rosacea. Regular maintenance treatments can be very effective at keeping this bothersome and uncomfortable skin condition at bay.

Consistency in the use of your prescribed oral and topical medications, as well as an in-office treatment plan is important for maintaining your results. It is also important to avoid triggers that may cause the condition to flare.

Common Rosacea Triggers

Some common triggers for rosacea are:

  • Sunlight
  • Stress
  • Heat
  • Alcohol, especially red wine
  • Spicy foods
  • Some makeup, skin, and hair care products
  • Wind and cold
  • Vigorous exercise

If you think you may be suffering from rosacea and you would like to discuss a treatment plan for your skins’ health, contact Dermatology & Laser of Del Mar.

Do you have additional questions? Contact us to schedule a consultation with Deborah H. Atkin, MD.

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