Rosacea is a common type of skin condition that causes blood vessels on the face to be visible and a flushing of redness to appear. In some cases, rosacea can also cause small, pus-filled, red bumps. There is no cure for rosacea, but at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care there are options to treat and control the symptoms of rosacea and help reduce flare-ups. Rosacea clients might experience these flare-ups for weeks or even months at a time, causing not only redness but also a ruddiness to the skin and exacerbation of other skin conditions such as acne. An enlarged nose that looks bulbous, also known as rhinophyma, can happen in untreated rosacea over time. This occurs when the sebaceous glands of the nose and cheeks enlarge and a buildup of tissue occurs. Rosacea can also cause eye problems when ocular rosacea occurs, leading the way to irritated, swollen, dry eyes, and eyelids.
Rosacea can happen to anyone-men and women, but middle-aged women with fairer skin are more likely to experience it. It isn’t typically dangerous unless ocular rosacea occurs, but rosacea can be frustrating and may decrease self-esteem.
It is best to work with a professional to identify your unique rosacea triggers and to develop a treatment plan for rosacea symptoms. Some of the most common triggers include hot and spicy food, sunlight, red wine and other types of alcohol, changes in temperature, stress, exercise, and certain drugs that dilate blood vessels. Smoking can worsen rosacea, as can some topical products including makeup.
Once triggers have been identified, it is time to consider rosacea symptom treatments. The two best options are broadband light (BBL) therapy and Vbeam Perfecta. These two treatments are complementary and often used together with prescription topical and oral products to treat rosacea.