Does your skin always look Red, Flushed, or Blistered?
You May Have Rosacea a chronic skin disorder that affects over 14 million Americans
Rosacea( pronounced ro-ZA-sha) is a common facial skin disorder that most people donÕt even realize they have. You may notice it mostly when you exercise, or have just gotten out of a hot bath or shower or when you have an occasional after dinner drink. It normally starts slow, as occasional redness, then seems to stay for longer periods of time, until one-day it seems your face is always red (to the point that make-up does not cover it), small blood vessels are appearing, and it appears you are always looking flushed or sunburned. If this sounds like you, youÕre not alone an estimated 14 million Americans have Rosacea, yet only a small fraction are being treated. Mostly because they do not realize there are simple treatments and medication available., but if left untreated conditions may lead to more severe problems such as red pus filled bumps in the T-zone area (acne Rosacea), broken blood vessels, you may often have a burning or stinging sensation, or even your nose may appear thicker and bumpy or even disfigured from excess tissue building up.
What causes Rosacea?
The exact cause of Rosacea is unknown but, it is believed to be genetic. It is more common in fair skinned patients and it is more commonly diagnosed when you are between the ages of 30 and 55
How do I get rid of Rosacea?
There is no cure for Rosacea, but with medications and treatments you can control and, reduce signs and symptoms. There are also certain lifestyle changes such as avoiding direct sun exposure, spicy foods, and alcohol. Early treatment may also stop Rosacea from progressing.
Treatments and Medications available
Lasers – erbium lasers can smooth the skin, Yag lasers can visibly improves the skins appearance by removing the broken capillaries , and IPL lasers can minimize the flushing effects
Topical Medications – antibacterial or sulfur washes, moisturizing topical antibiotics and prescription creams and gels that help keep Rosacea under control
Oral Antibiotics – there are several different types of antibiotics commonly prescribed to reduce inflammation. There was a new antibiotic FDA approved in 2008 that has had great success. Some patients only have to take medication for flare ups, while others may have to take antibiotics long term to suppress and control the symptoms.
Georgia Medical Board Laser Practitioner