What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in the face. Sometimes, small, red, pus-filled bumps may also be present. Symptoms of rosacea may flare up for a while before going away for some time. While rosacea can affect anyone, it is most common in women of middle age with light skin. There is currently no cure for rosacea, but there are treatment options to help reduce symptoms.
Common symptoms of rosacea include:
- Redness in the central part of the face, as well as small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks.
- Red, swollen bumps that may resemble acne.
- Dry, irritated, swollen eyes and eyelids.
Over time, rosacea can cause the skin on the nose to thicken, giving it a bulbous look.
Treatment Options for Rosacea
The treatment option that is best for you will depend on your symptoms and the severity of your rosacea. Sometimes, different treatment options or a combination of drugs may be needed to find the best treatment that works for you. Dr. Erwin will carefully assess your rosacea to suggest the best and most effective treatment for you. Common treatment options include:
Medications and Therapies
A cream or gel may be prescribed to help reduce redness in mild to moderate rosacea. Common creams include brimonidine and oxymetazoline, and results are usually seen within 12 hours after use. Other topical products that help to control the pimples that come with mild rosacea may include azelaic acid, metronidazole, and ivermectin.
Oral antibiotics may be prescribed for moderate to severe rosacea to control bumps and pimples.
Oral Acne Drugs
For those with severe rosacea that does not respond to other treatments, isotretinoin may be suggested. This is a powerful oral acne drug that helps to clear up the pimples caused by rosacea. Those who are pregnant should not take this medication.
Laser and light-based therapies may help to reduce redness caused by rosacea. Repeat treatments are often needed to see the best results.
For individuals who have rosacea that affects their eyes, they may be referred to an eye specialist called an ophthalmologist.
While these remedies may not be as effective as those given to you by a dermatologist, some patients can try these practices to help control symptoms of rosacea.
- Identify and avoid your rosacea triggers.
- Protect your face using sunscreen.
- Gently treat your skin with non-soap cleansers and moisturize daily.
Ideal Candidates for Rosacea Treatment
Patients with rosacea that causes them embarrassment or anxiety can often benefit from rosacea treatment. Seeing a dermatologist such as Dr. Erwin is important in properly diagnosing and treating your rosacea properly for the best possible results. To schedule your assessment with Dr. Erwin, contact our office today.
Contact Us Today
If you are bothered by your rosacea or would like to learn more about treatment options, contact our office by calling (979) 612-2761 or completing the online form to schedule your initial appointment with Dr. Erwin. We will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.