Rosacea is a common and chronic skin condition that causes your face to easily turn red, often with other symptoms such as skin redness and bumpiness. It isn’t a dangerous condition, but can cause physical and emotional discomfort. There are 4 types of rosacea, including:
The specific cause of rosacea is unknown, but it’s more common in fair-skinned women between ages 30-50. Once you have it, flare-ups can be triggered by a variety of factors such as activity in hot weather, hot baths, sun exposure, spicy foods, and stress. (2)
Dr. Nagpal can diagnose rosacea through a medical exam that explores your symptoms and medical history. Be prepared to discuss the specifics of your condition, including the severity of flare-ups and any triggers you’ve noticed. Jotting down your symptoms and activities for several days or more helps ensure that nothing is missed.
No known cure exists for rosacea, but treatment and lifestyle changes help minimize your symptoms. Taking note of and avoiding your personal triggers, for example, helps prevent flare-ups. Oral or topical antibiotics may help control acne-like symptoms. The stronger medication Isotretinoin may also help. For severe cases with intense inflammation, surgery to remove swollen tissue may help. Bella Medical Aesthetics offers laser therapy as a less invasive option.
Laser therapy uses targeted light beams to improve the condition of specific skin areas, which protects surrounding skin from damage. A laser such as the Elite+™ effectively removes visible blood vessels and may help minimize severe redness. A series of 3 or more treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart is generally required. While you may experience side effects such as swelling and redness shortly after, these symptoms disappear on their own and the procedure itself is painless.
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