What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects more than 13 million Americans. It is characterized by a tendency to become flushed or red under certain circumstances, especially extremes of cold or hot temperatures, conditions of emotional stress or anxiety, and consumption of alcohol, particularly red wine. This flushing is primarily thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the blood vessels that supply skin on the face, with these vessels showing an increased tendency to dilate. The exact cause is unknown, but there is thought to be a genetic predisposition, and the condition often leads to chronic inflammation of skin. UV or photodamage, and the presence of microorganisms are also considered as possible causes of rosacea.

Treatment of rosacea is aimed at reducing the redness of the skin, identifying and reducing exposure to triggers and irritants, and eliminating the occurrence or reducing the frequency of flares. Treatment options often involve the use of prescription and cosmeceutical creams and gels, oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and laser treatments. Persistent redness, flushing and breakouts as well as visible facial veins can also be treated with a series of laser treatments called photorejuvenation. If you think you may be suffering from rosacea, please schedule an appointment with a provider in our office for an evaluation and recommendation for treatment.