Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common, chronic recurrent skin condition seen mostly in adults with fair skin. Patients present with facial redness, flushing and visible tiny blood vessels. Common exacerbating factors include sun, heat such as hot showers, alcohol, and spicy foods. Some even get red pimples concentrated on the center of the face, which somewhat look like acne. Rosacea affects the eye, leading to itching, dryness, redness, and the development of styes.

Traditional rosacea treatment focuses on the use of oral antibiotics and creams. Optimal treatment in our experience is using laser therapy, in combination with oral antibiotics in severe cases. The Nd:YAG laser is especially effective in reducing the redness, while the heat it generates reduces the bacteria and parasites that make rosacea worse. There is no downtime. Maintenance sessions may be needed. Meanwhile patients should avoid any precipitating factors including heat, alcohol and spicy foods, wear a sunscreen daily and watch out for the cosmetic products they use as their skin is very sensitive. Use of a daily moisturizer is helpful in repairing the skin’s barrier function. To diminish relapses, moisturizers and rosacea-targeting creams are recommended as part of a daily skin care regimen.

We also used Botox in certain cases to treat Rosacea with very good results.

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