Rosacea Treatment

Redness affecting the cheeks, nose, and chin is a common complaint that is more common in fair-skinned persons. This is often be seen in conjunction with inflammatory rosacea, where one gets red pimples. Inflammatory rosacea is treated with topical and/or oral medications. Redness can be treated by several methods as discussed below.

  • Flushing is a common condition where one gets redder under certain conditions, which is often accompanied by a warmth under the skin.
  • Telangiectasia are tiny blood vessels that can be caused by rosacea, sun damage, or potent topical steroid use. Unlike flushing, these a remains remain noticeable at all times, but often worsens with known triggers.

The following are commonly known triggers for flushing:

  • Consuming alcoholic beverages
  • Consuming hot foods
  • Consuming spicy foods
  • Exposure to heat (i.e. warm shower or other heat source) or warm climates

The best and simplest treatment for flushing is the avoidance of known triggers. There are some medications that can be used, but are not terribly effective. Telangienctasia can be treated using lasers or intense pulsed light (IPL or “Photofacial”). We offer the Spectrapulse™ Photo-Rejuvenation IPL Treatment, which is extremely effective and requires only several treatments for optimal results. This machine differs from others in that it contains Krypton in addition to Xenon. Krypton is much more effective than Xenon in treating these tiny vessels.

Rhinophyma is a condition where one gets a red, bumpy, or bulbous nose. CLICK HERE to read about this condition and the available treatments.

Robert S. Bader, M.D., Dermatologist

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