Studies show that approximately 1 in 20 Americans have Rosacea. This skin disease is characterized by a general flushing of the skin which most commonly affects the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, and ears, however, it can also appear on the chest or back. Rosacea occurs most often in women and men between the ages of 30-50.
There are 4 known stages of Rosacea which can help patients identify the symptoms and know when to seek medical attention. As with any other disease, early detection is the key to successful management.
Type 1/Facial Redness
Frequent flushing that may disappear and reappear
Warming or burning sensation
Appearance of telangiectasia, or broken blood vessels on the face
Type 2/Bumps and Pimples
Pustules and papules
Type 3/Skin Thickening
Thickening of skin
Enlargement of nose known as Rhinophyma
Type 4/Eye Irritation
Redness and dryness
Itching and tearing
Sensation of grit
If the symptoms are ignored this disease almost always progresses and can bring significant social and emotional effects which greatly affect quality of life.
The cause is unknown however there are several triggers that have been identified:
- Spicy food
- Alcohol, hot beverages, caffeine
- Strenuous exercise
- Extreme hot or cold temperatures
- Cosmetics containing alcohol and glycolic acid
- Strong cortisone medications
Avoid rubbing and scrubbing, and remember that sun exposure exacerbates Rosacea. Use a broad spectrum block of SPF 30 or higher on a daily basis, and reapply every 2 hours when exposed for longer periods.
*Sun exposure exacerbates Rosacea, therefore use a broad spectrum block of SPF 30 or higher on a daily basis and reapply every 2 hours when exposed for longer periods.
*Doctors recommend to those who suffer with Rosacea to keep a diary and note your personal triggers.
Once you’ve been diagnosed, there are several treatment options available to you here at Vitenas Skin Institute. The two most common treatments are IPL or Photofacial and Laser Genesis. Both of these treatments significantly reduce the appearance of general redness as well as telangiectasia and have no associated “down time”. Depending on the progression of the condition a mild antibiotic may also be used to reduce inflammation. Our Medical Esthetician will provide you with an at-home regimen that will promote cooling and healing of the skin as you use these products on a daily basis.
If you think you may have Rosacea do not delay taking care of yourself. Our Medical Esthetician offers complimentary consultations and will be able to help you choose the appropriate course of action.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin condition in which the skin flushes, or becomes red. Rosacea most often occurs on the cheeks, chin, nose, forehead and ears but may also be seen on the back or chest.
How do I know if I have rosacea?
If you experience general flushing or redness on your face or other areas of your body on a frequent basis, you may have rosacea. Other symptoms may include dryness, a warming sensation, broken blood vessels on the face, pustules, papules, skin thickening, nodules, enlargement of the nose, swelling, and eye irritation.
What are common rosacea triggers?
There are several things that may trigger rosacea including alcohol, caffeine, hot beverages, spicy food, strenuous exercise, extremes in temperatures, cosmetics with alcohol or glycolic acid, and strong cortisone medications. Sun exposure is also known to exacerbate rosacea.
What treatment options are available for rosacea?
Early treatment is essential to the successful management of rosacea. At the Vitenas Skin Institute we frequently use IPL and Laser Genesis to reduce the appearance of redness and broken blood vessels.
What is IPL?
IPL, also known as photofacial or photo rejuvenation, is a non-invasive procedure which uses pulses of light to rejuvenate the skin. At the Vitenas Skin Institute, we use the state-of-the-art Cutera LimeLight™ system for the treatment of rosacea as well as freckles, spots or other sun or age damage. LimeLight™ may be used on the face, chest, back and hands. This is a very comfortable treatment which takes just under thirty minutes to complete in the office setting. There is minimal risk and no downtime.
What is Laser Genesis?
Laser Genesis is a laser-based skin resurfacing procedure which can treat redness associated with rosacea as well as other common skin conditions like scars and enlarged pores. Laser Genesis stimulates new collagen growth for a gradual improvement in the skin tone and texture. Treatment takes under thirty minutes to complete in the office setting and anesthesia is not necessary. There is no downtime and minimal risk.