Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and raised, red bumps on the face. It is especially common on the nose, cheeks, and chin, but can involve all areas of the face. Rosacea is a long-term condition that will get worse over time if it is not treated however it only affects the skin and is not related to your general health. The cause of rosacea is unknown. It is stubborn and often lasts for years. Food or beverages that cause facial flushing such as alcohol, spicy foods, hot soups and drinks may make rosacea temporarily more noticeable. Sun exposure also worsens rosacea.

TREATMENT: Antibiotics are often effective in controlling rosacea. Treatment only controls rosacea but does not cure it. Most people with this condition need to continue using antibiotics for months to years depending on how well their condition is controlled. Antibiotics can be applied to the skin topically or taken by mouth. This works very well for the pimple part of the rosacea condition. There are also other creams and lasers that can improve rosacea.

While topical creams/gels sometimes help the red areas, the most effective treatment is laser therapy, which is usually considered cosmetic by your insurance company. The laser used will depend on the extent of your condition.

Other than mild unscented soap, no special skin care is required. Most rosacea patients notice that their skin is easily irritated, so be gentle when caring for your skin. Women can apply make-up as desired. Avoiding trigger factors can help as can regular sunscreen use with a non-comedogenic or oil-free UVA/UVB sun block with SPF greater than or equal to 30. Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.

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