There are three different types of rosacea, each treated differently
- Inflammatory Rosacea is when people get red bumps or even pustules on the forehead, cheeks, chin, and/or nose. This is treated with topical products and, in moderate to severe cases, an oral antibiotic is added to the regimen.
- Rhinophyma is when one sees an increase in the size of the nose secondary to glands that are larger and more in number. This is treated surgically. Click here for more information about the treatment of Rhinophyma.
- Vascular Rosacea is when one gets redness affecting the cheeks, nose, and chin is a common complaint that is more common in fair-skinned persons. Redness can be treated by several methods as discussed below.
Vascular Rosacea Signs
- Flushing is a common condition where one gets redder under certain conditions, which is often accompanied by a warmth under the skin. There are some medications that can help with this. Avoiding common rosacea triggers (mentioned below) can be helpful.
- 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. These can be treated temporarily with a topical medication or using a laser or light based device (IPL). Click here for more information.
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.