Vascular (Erythematotelangectatic) Rosacea
- Vascular rosacea is characterized by chronic redness and frequent flushing of the skin (especially with alcohol, spicy foods, or exercise). Occasionally, visible blood vessels may be seen on the cheeks or nose
- The most effective treatment for facial redness is the pulsed dye laser. Various topical and oral rosacea treatments may help mitigate some of the redness, especially if bumps are also present.
- Inflammatory rosacea is characterized by chronic facial redness as well as intermittent or chronic outbreaks of red bumps and pimples.
- Treatment includes topical gels such as metronidazole (Metrogel®) or azelaic acid (Finacea®) and oral antibiotics including doxycycline or minocycline.
- Phymatous rosacea is characterized by thickened skin, predominantly on the nose, leading to a lumpy, bulbous appearance (rhinophyma).
- Rhinophyma is effectively treated with CO2 laser treatments.
- Rosacea can involve the eyes and is commonly characterized by a sensation of burning, stinging or grittiness (as if someone threw sand in your eyes). Longstanding ocular rosacea may lead to damage of the cornea (the transparent front layer of the eye).
- Treatment includes long-term low-dose antibiotics.
As skin quality and type are different from patient to patient, treatment for rosacea generally includes photoprotection and is personalized for each individual. We will work closely with you to determine the best course of treatment for your unique skin type to control your rosacea and restore your complexion.