Rosacea is a chronic condition of the skin that is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. It typically begins from 30 years of age on, as a redness of various areas of the face; including the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. It may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.
The severity of the condition can vary substantially from one individual to another. Some common signs include: facial flushing, persistent redness, bumps and pimples, and facial veins. There are numerous triggers, including coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, temperature changes, alcohol, and hot drinks.
Treatments usually include topical creams, oral antibiotics, oral isotretinoin, laser, and photodynamic therapy. Some of the newer treatments include topical ivermectin (Rosiver) and topical brimonidine (Onreltea).
Acne treatment – some medications help to control the acnegenic aspects of rosacea; however, they do not cure the condition. Most patients will be candidates for the “Triple” regime:
Redness and Blood Vessels – IPL, Dye laser, Help-G laser, or Cutera Excel laser treatments are used to remove dilated blood vessels.
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