Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that affects over 14 million Americans, many of whom are unaware that they have the condition. Rosacea appears on the skin of the face as areas of redness and small, pus-filled bumps similar to acne, and can affect a patient’s confidence and self-esteem as a result. Although rosacea is a chronic condition, there are several new treatments available to relieve symptoms and prevent flare ups, allowing patients to avoid embarrassment from the appearance of their skin.

Cause of Rosacea

While the specific cause of rosacea is unknown, it is believed to be a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Symptoms can also be triggered by certain factors, including:

      • Hot or spicy foods, alcohol, extreme temperatures, sunlight, stress, strenuous exercise, certain medications, hot beverages, contactants, .

Rosacea can affect anyone, but is most common in fair-skinned adults between the ages of 30 and 50 years old. Women are more affected by this condition than men, since it is often associated with menopause. When diagnosing rosacea, Dr. Kaminester will consider your personal and medical history.

Symptoms of Rosacea

Patients with rosacea may experience:

      • Redness
      • Small red bumps or pustules
      • Visible blood vessels
      • Flushing or blushing easily
      • Burning/stinging of the facial skin
      • Dry, irritated eyes

Symptoms most commonly appear on the nose, cheeks, mouth and forehead. Some patients may also experience thickened skin, raised red patches, facial swelling and symptoms spreading to the neck, chest, scalp or ears. The symptoms of rosacea can come and go, as this condition is cyclic for most patients, meaning that symptoms will flare up for period of weeks to months and then lessen for a while.

Since rosacea is a progressive condition, symptoms tend to worsen as the disease progresses, and can be classified into three different phases. Pre-rosacea symptoms often begin with frequent flushing or blushing, and then progress to a persistent redness on the face. Vascular rosacea symptoms refer to swelling of the small blood vessels around the nose and cheeks, a condition known as telangiectasia. Oily skin and dandruff are also common during this phase. Inflammatory rosacea is when the small bumps or pustules begin to develop and spread across the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. If left untreated, symptoms will continue to worsen and may cause permanent skin damage.

Treatment of Rosacea

There are several treatments available to help control symptoms and allow patients to enjoy their lives without constantly worrying about the appearance of their skin. The most effective treatment for rosacea depends on each patient’s individual case, but usually includes a combination of prescription treatment and life changes.

There are now many topical and oral medications to treat this disease. Azelaic acid, metronidazole, topical and oral tetracycline, minocycline are all helpful for treatment. Dr. Kaminester often has samples of products to give to patients to help them see how it benefits them before filling a prescription for the product. We try to treat our patients as we would like to be treated, which includes social and financial concerns.

Treatment for rosacea may be long-term, but most patients notice an improvement to their symptoms within one to two months. Patients can reduce the risk of flare ups by identifying certain triggers, and then trying to avoid them. Flare ups can also be reduced by wearing sunscreen, protecting the eyes and providing gentle but thorough care for your skin.

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Dermatologist Dr. Lewis H. Kaminester, MD, serving North Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Juno Beach, Riviera Beach, Jupiter, Tequesta, Okeechobee and surrounding areas.