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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is an adult skin disease that causes redness, swelling and occasionally, acne like pimples and small blood vessels on the face. Individuals will notice persistent redness in the center of the face, gradually moving out to the cheeks, forehead and chin. Early on, symptoms may come and go, but eventually the redness will persist with pimples and enlarged blood vessels becoming more noticeable. If not recognized and treated, the disease will worsen. Early recognition and treatment are keys to maintaining the health of your skin.

How do I recognize rosacea?
Look for the small, red bumps on the center portion of your face early on. Redness and tiny blood vessels will also become prevalent and more noticeable with blushing and flushing.

What things help and/or worsen rosacea?
Prevention of flares is the most important factor for treating rosacea. The exact cause is unknown. Avoiding hot drinks, alcohol and spicy foods will limit the flushing. Sunblocks are essential for lifetime. Daily use of SPF 15 or higher should be part of a daily routine. Avoiding excessive massaging, scrubbing or rubbing the face and avoiding irritating cosmetics, hair sprays and harsh soaps is also very important. Always exercise in cool environments.

What treatment options help? Our offices offer lines of medical grade skin care products through PCA and SkinMedica (including various sunblocks), as well as, mineral based cosmetics, for daily use. Individualized treatments are necessary, as the degree of rosacea will vary from one person to the next.