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Rosacea

 

Often mistaken as “adult acne,” rosacea is a common skin problem that causes persistent redness and swelling on the face. As board-certified dermatologists at Millburn Laser Center, we look to offer the most effective preventative techniques and remedies for rosacea patients in Millburn, New Jersey. By combining traditional topical and oral prescription medication with advanced laser treatments, we can help Rosacea sufferers find relief from Rosacea.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea, sometimes called “acne rosacea” is a chronic skin condition characterized by skin redness, bumps, pimples, and often the presence of blood vessels on the face. Rosacea may initially look like blushing, but over time the redness may get worse and small blood vessels can become more prominent. The condition commonly develops on the cheeks, forehead, ears, nose, chin, and neck.

Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea

The development and progress of rosacea vary case to case, so there is no guarantee that potential signs and symptoms will manifest. For this reason, it is important to have a dermatologist evaluate whether your signs and symptoms are from rosacea. However, rosacea will always include at least one of these primary signs:

  • Flushing — redness that comes and goes is often the earliest sign of rosacea
  • Persistent redness — resembles a sunburn that does not go away
  • Bumps and pimples –they look like acne, but blackheads are absent
  • Visible blood vessels — small blood vessels appear on the skin

Secondary signs and symptoms may also develop including:

 

  • Burning or stinging sensations
  • Watery or bloodshot eyes
  • Dry, rough skin
  • Raised red patches (plaques)
  • Skin thickening caused by excess tissue (usually affecting the nose)
  • Facial swelling

 

What Causes Rosacea?

The exact causes of rosacea have not been determined. However, genetics, environmental factors, and blood vessel disorders are believed to contribute to the condition. Although no one knows what causes rosacea, there are known triggers that should be avoided. Triggers include:

  • Sun exposure
  • Hot or cold weather
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Stress

Rosacea patients can determine personal triggers by making a list of activities or food that preceded a flare-up so that they can be avoided in the future. To learn more about rosacea, visit medlineplus.gov

Rosacea Treatment

While there is no cure for rosacea, medical treatment is available to help manage the condition by controlling its signs and symptoms.

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Doctors may prescribe oral and topical medications to treat redness, bumps, and pimples. Metronidazole is an antibiotic medicine commonly used to treat Rosacea that reduces inflammation from a flare-up.

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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy: This state-of-the-art technology uses specific wavelengths of controlled intense pulsed light to reduce inflammation, redness, and pimples caused by rosacea.

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Laser may also be used to effectively reduce redness and blushing/flushing and improve the appearance of blood vessels. Laser treatments use light pulses and a dye (depending on the laser) to generate different color beams that eradicate dilated blood vessels. Multiple treatments may be required for best results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who Is Likely To Get Rosacea?

A: It is estimated that more than 14 million people in the United States have rosacea. Rosacea tends to begin after middle age (30-60 years of age) and is more common in fair-skinned people. In some cases, rosacea has been associated with menopause. 

Q: Is Rosacea Contagious?

A: No. Rosacea is neither contagious or infectious.

Q: How Do I know If I Have Rosacea Or Just Bad Acne?

A: There is no diagnostic test for rosacea. However, a dermatologist can easily diagnose rosacea from a skin examination, signs and symptoms, and medical history. During your exam, you should explain any problems you are experiencing on your face (e.g., flushing, redness, swelling, bumps and pimples, itching and stinging).

Q: What Skincare Products Should I Avoid Or Use If I Have Rosacea?

A: Those with rosacea tend to have sensitive skin. You should avoid using products that can burn, sting, or irritate your skin. While gentle cleansing and moisturizing products can help reduce skin sensitivity, you must choose skincare and makeup products carefully. Avoid products that contain fragrance, alcohol, camphor, lactic acid, glycolic acid, menthol, urea, and sodium lauryl sulfate.

Sun exposure is also a known cause of rosacea flare-ups. Rosacea patients, especially those with frequent flare-ups, or have skin susceptible to sun damage, should always wear sunscreen. An SPF of 30 or higher is recommended. 

Q: How Can Laser Therapy Treat Rosacea?

A: Lasers emit wavelengths of light that can target the tiny blood vessels found just under your skin. The heat coming from the laser’s energy will build up in these vessels, causing them to disintegrate. This will help remove visible blood vessels as well as reduce extensive redness. For the buildup of excess tissue, especially on the nose, a CO2 laser may be used for treatment.

Q: Is there a cure for Rosacea?

A: While there is no cure for rosacea, it can be controlled with treatment. The best way to manage rosacea symptoms is to work with your doctor to develop a customized treatment plan and to identify and avoid your triggers.

Schedule a Rosacea Consultation in Millburn, NJ Today!

By being aware of your triggers and designing the best treatment plan with your dermatologist, you can reduce the symptoms of Rosacea. At the Millburn Laser Center, our team of highly-trained board-certified dermatologists will not only treat and reduce your flare-ups but will also boost your skin’s overall health. Contact us at (973)376-8500 today to schedule your consultation.

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