Rosacea is a chronic skin condition affecting the face, causing frequent flushing, persistent erythema and telangiectasia. Swelling and inflammation, papules and pustules can become evident and skin often changes from oily to dry as the patient matures. It is more common in fair skin, however all skin types may be affected. Rosacea occurs usually due to a genetic predisposition.
Vascular laser treatments and intense pulsed light has proven to reduce both erythema and telangiectasia. It also improves secondary problems, such as burning and stinging.
Rosacea is classified into four standard subtypes, reflecting on common patterns of signs and symptoms.
- Erythematotelangiectatic – flushing (most common) and facial redness
- Papulopustular — inflammatory bumps and pimples
- Phymatous — skin thickening, textural changes, bumps(overgrowth of oil glands), and larger pores
- Ocular — eye irritation (treatment by ophthalmologist)
The most common rosacea triggers are sun exposure, stress, alcohol, some medications, some foods and, harsh skin care products.
- Oral/topical medications
- Laser treatments/Vbeam Pulse Dye Laser
- Lifestyle management including anti- inflammatory diet
- Skin Care Regimen
Example of Acne Rosacea from our patient