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Rosacea

Rosacea

Facial Redness with Broken Veins and Uncontrolled Facial Flushing

Your skin seems to always be red. You “look” embarrassed even when you aren’t. You have acne that regular acne products only make worse. You experience episodes of facial flushing that is made worse by heat, spicy foods or alcohol. If any or all of these symptoms affect you, you likely have a condition called Rosacea.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition that usually only affects the face and eyes. Characterized by redness, pimples, and broken blood vessels, rosacea tends to begin after middle age (between the ages of 30 and 60) and is more common in fair-skinned people. It is often mistaken for adult acne.

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Photo source – Candela

Having Rosacea

People who have Rosacea usually experience periods of flare-ups and periods of remission (the decrease or disappearance of symptoms). Rosacea causes a range of symptoms that may include redness, swelling, visible blood vessels, bumps or pimple-like blemishes and skin thickening.

Although rosacea is not life threatening, even mild symptoms can have a negative effect on quality of life. In recent surveys by the National Rosacea Society, nearly 70% of rosacea patients said this condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41% said it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements.

There is no cure, but Dr. Cobos can treat this inflammatory disorder, and help you get your life back to normal.

Most Typical Signs of Facial Rosacea

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  • Flushing. Many people with rosacea have a history of frequent blushing or flushing. This facial redness may come and go, and is often the earliest sign of the disorder.
  • Persistent Redness. Persistent facial redness is the most common individual sign of rosacea, and may resemble a blush or sunburn that does not go away.
  • Bumps and Pimples. Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples often develop. While these may resemble acne, blackheads are absent and burning or stinging may occur.
  • Visible Blood Vessels. In many people with rosacea, small blood vessels become visible on the skin. To remove these blood vessels, Dr. Cobos may use the Vbeam laser.

Uncontrolled Rosacea may result in skin thickening. Early and consistent control can prevent or minimize this distressing symptom.

Cause Unknown

The cause of rosacea is unknown. An estimated 14 million people in the U.S. have Rosacea. Proper treatment by a caring dermatologist will help you manage your Rosacea. Knowing your Rosacea “triggers” and proper skin care goes a long way toward having skin that is calmer and less reactive.

View the National Rosacea Society website for comprehensive information on Rosacea. Rosacea F.A.Q.

Ocular Rosacea

About 50% of Rosacea suffers have eye symptoms which may include:

Medical Management of Rosacea

Treatment combinations may include oral and topical medications such as Metrogel, Finacea or antibiotics. Dr. Cobos may choose Vbeam vascular laser for specific small broken vessels.

Most Rosacea patients use combination therapies for the most effective results. New oral medications such as Oracea are now available which are proving to be very helpful and sidestep the problem of antibiotic resistance.

Common Rosacea Triggers and Management of Symptoms

  • Avoid sun exposure, which adversely affects more than 80 percent of Rosacea sufferers. Minimize exposure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. When you do go out, use a UVA sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Physical sunscreens with zinc and/or titanium oxide are less irritating and work instantly.
  • Avoid Stress – Expect the unexpected. Also, don’t try to do too much in a day.
  • Staying Cool – Retreat to air-conditioning when temperatures rise.
  • Dress “Cool” – Keep it light, loose and topped with a broad-brimmed hat.
  • Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of cold liquids. You may also want to mist your face when you are outside in the heat.
  • The Spice Connection – Steer clear of spices, hot drinks and foods that may cause you to flush.
  • Choose your Workout Time – Early or late in the day is best, when it’s cooler outside.
  • Umbrellas in the Sun – A must at the beach…anywhere without shade.
  • Keep Your Routine – Don’t sporadically start and stop your treatment. Successful management of Rosacea only happens when you follow your treatment program.
  • Avoid Harsh Products – Your skin care routine should consist of mild cleansing products and your prescribed topical medication. Don’t add scrubs or glycolic acids which will only irritate already sensitive skin.

Disguising Rosacea

After you’ve applied your rosacea therapy and given it time to be absorbed into your skin, you might try neutralizing the red flush of rosacea with a light moisturizer, foundation primer, or foundation with a green-toned or yellow-based tint. According to a new survey from the National Rosacea Society, green-or yellow-tinted skin-care products can cancel out the redness of rosacea.

The Premiere Boutique staff will help you select effective products to both soothe your skin for redness reduction and camouflage redness.

Locate Us

Premiere Dermatology
475 S. State College Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821