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Rosacea

Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea is a skin disorder that causes facial blood vessels to dilate and enlarge, resulting in blotchy redness, pimple-like bumps and excessive flushing. Occurring in adults between the ages of 30 and 50, Rosacea has four phases, each containing its own set of symptoms that range from a repeated tendency towards blushing or flushing (pre-rosacea) to the development of small red bumps and/or pus filled pimples. Rosacea is often confused with adult acne; however it does not produce blackheads, whiteheads or cysts.

One of the best treatments for Rosacea is laser therapy. Island Dermatology incorporates the following laser and light therapy options in their rosacea treatments. Whatever the treatment option, the professional dermatologists at Island Dermatology are committed to creating a Rosacea treatment plan that works for you!

 

Types of Rosacea

Ocular Rosacea

Appearing in nearly half of all rosacea cases, causes the eyes and eyelids to become dry, irritated, and itchy. It is also common for the eyelids to become inflamed or swollen, taking on the appearance of pike eye or conjunctivitis. Ocular rosacea may damage the cornea and affect overall vision.

Papulopustular (Inflammatory) Rosacea

Commonly mistaken for acne, is characterized by redness of the skin and the appearance of small red bumps and pustules containing pus. The development of bumps and pustules indicates that the rosacea has reached an inflammatory stage. Papulopustular rosacea frequently appears on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.

Phymatous Rosacea

Phymatous Rosacea Is the most severe form of roseacea and occurs when Vascular or Paplopustular rosacea go untreated or are improperly treated. This form of rosacea is characterized by a thickening of the skin one or more areas of the face. Laser or surgical treatments are often required to remove the excess skin. .

Vascular (Erythematotelangiectatic) Rosacea

Vascular Rosacea causes blood vessels on the nose and cheeks to swell and leak fluid, resulting in the skin becoming warm and taking on a puffy appearance. The enlarging of blood vessels causes them to become more visible and “spider veins” to appear.

NOTE: Contrary to popular belief, “Acne” Rosacea is not a form of rosacea. Although they are very similar and often treated using the same methods, acne and rosacea are distinct skin conditions.