Roseacea is a common inflammatory skin condition that usually only affects the face and eyes. Characterized by redness, pimples, and broken blood vessels, Rosacea is more common in fair-skinned people. It is often mistaken for adult acne. People who have Rosacea usually experience periods of flare-ups and periods of remission (the decrease or disappearance of symptoms). There is often a “butterfly” pattern that is detectable on the face.
Although Rosacea is not life threatening, even mild symptoms can have a negative effect on quality of life. There are a multitude of Rosacea “triggers”. From food to stress, it is integral to your treatment success to learn your triggers and do what you can to avoid them.
Treatment combinations may include oral and topical medications and a type vascular laser which Dr. Walton finds very effective to target specific small broken vessels.
Most Rosacea patients need combination therapies for the most effective results. New oral medications are now available which are proving to be very helpful. Rosacea which is left untreated can cause irreversible skin thickening and disfigurement.
Basic Rosacea Treatment:
- Topical antibiotic treatment.
- Oral or topical retinoid therapy
- Azelaic acid or Metrogel
- Oral Rosacea medication (Oracea)
- Sunscreen – Important!