It’s estimated that 16 million Americans have a skin condition known as rosacea. But the vast majority of those people don’t know they have it. They think they’re simply prone to blush, or that their skin is overly sensitive.
At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we know that’s not the case. Since April is “Rosacea Awareness Month,” here’s some information on this skin condition and how we treat it.
What is rosacea?
Dr. Bernard Gasch, who specializes in innovative medical and cosmetic skin treatments at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, has firsthand knowledge of rosacea because he has it.
“Rosacea is a condition that affects patients both physically and emotionally and can greatly impact a patient’s confidence,” he explains. Rosacea causes facial redness and flushing, but it can also lead to the formation of small bumps resembling pimples, a burning sensation on the face, swelling, and other issues.
What are the signs of rosacea?
Rosacea typically begins with flushing or redness in the face. This can extend down to the neck, chest, and back. Tiny blood vessels may be visible, particularly in the center of the face and these can extend outward as the condition worsens.
Rosacea can be categorized by its symptoms into these subtypes:
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea— a Visible web of tiny blood vessels, persistent redness or flushing
- Papulopustular rosacea— Red bumps, pustules, or pimples
- Phymatous rosacea— Enlargement or thickening of nasal skin due to overactive oil glands in the nose and the surrounding skin
- Ocular rosacea— Swelling and redness of the eyelids, dry eyes, excessive tearing, recurrent eye infections
At Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we treat rosacea effectively with a combination of these methods:
- Oral antibiotics— Tetracycline, amoxicillin, and doxycycline can reduce pimples and inflammation.
- Topical creams— Creams such as metronidazole and azelaic acid control rosacea.
- Other medication— Topical steroids can reduce inflammation but can be used on a short-term basis only.
- Skin cleansers— While patients should not scrub their face excessively, over-the-counter and prescription cleansers can relieve symptoms.
- Photodynamic therapy— In this therapy, a liquid is first applied to the skin and is then activated by a special light. Photodynamic therapy can reduce inflammation and improve skin texture.
- Laser treatment— Laser treatments target blood vessels on a person’s chest, neck, and face and have proven effective.
- Chemical peels— For some patients, chemical peels control rosacea.
At Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we want patients to know they aren’t the only ones dealing with rosacea. And we want people to know that the condition can be successfully treated, so you don’t have to simply “live with it.”
If you think you may have rosacea, don’t hesitate to call the experienced team at Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, (503) 297-3440, and let us help you.