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Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition of adults characterized by facial redness and formation of new and broken blood vessels. The symptoms of rosacea vary from periodic facial flushing, facial redness, appearance of broken capillaries and small red, pus- filled bumps.
With over 16 million Americans affected by rosacea, it is unfortunate that most are undiagnosed and not aware of the condition. It is estimated that 78% of Americans do not know the symptoms of rosacea.
Rosacea gets progressively worse over time if left untreated. In most people, rosacea tends to occur in cycles which means there are periods of relatively asymptomatic phase interspersed with worsening of skin redness, appearance of tender bumps etc.
The treatment of rosacea depends on the severity of skin symptoms and presentation at the time of visit. I like a gradual, stepped approach to rosacea treatment.
Generally, lifestyle modification and gentle, calming skincare products appropriate for rosacea prone skin may be sufficient for management of mild and early rosacea.
The next step is addition of topical prescription medications such as Metronidazole gel or Finacea gel followed by oral low dose antibiotics like Oracea to reduce the inflammatory process.
In office treatments like IPL Fotofacial to reduce skin redness and Lasers to shrink down broken capillaries can help manage rosacea symptoms alongside lifestyle modification and rosacea skincare for more than mild rosacea symptoms.
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The information provided on this website is for educational purpose only and does not create doctor/patient relationship and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult your physician if you need medical advice for your symptoms.