Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition which may be manifested by acne-like blemishes, facial redness, telangiectasias (visible, tiny blood vessels) and enlargement of the nose. The face is the most commonly affected area, although the neck and upper trunk may be involved. Rosacea usually develops over a long period of time, and it often manifests as a tendency to blush easily with a ruddy complexion or sensitive skin.
The exact underlying cause of rosacea is not known; however, many triggers have been discovered that might cause a flare of the disease. For example, sunlight, wind, vigorous exercise, hot beverages, alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, topical and oral medications and many others factors have been shown to aggravate rosacea.
We tailor our treatment recommendations to the individual patient. Both oral and topical prescriptions are available, with several effective topical products coming to market in recent years. Effective treatment can slow, stop or sometimes reverse the progressive course of rosacea, although some dilated blood vessels may not be improved by medical treatments.
For persistent “broken” blood vessels, electrosurgery and vascular lasers are frequently utilized to reduce the redness and number of visible blood vessels associated with rosacea.