Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that typically impacts the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead area. Common signs of Rosacea include a subtle redness that can get progressively prominent and permanent in addition to pimples and swelling and the appearance of tiny dilated blood vessels known as telangiectasias. Although the condition might be on-and-off, over a period of time it can become permanent and impact more areas of the face.
At PryorHealth in Rockford Rosacea Treatments include a number of treatment options ranging from lasers to Botox, light therapy, and Retin-A have shown promising results in treating common symptoms of rosacea such as facial redness and flushing.
Laser Skin Treatment can be highly effective in treating rosacea. Laser Treatment Skin uses two different wavelengths to treat rosacea. One wavelength penetrates just below the skin while the second one goes deeper. The idea is to treat not only the redness but also to provide comprehensive healing.
You can expect your skin to clear up, the redness to reduce effectively, and your skin also gets a nice glow! You will need a minimum of three sessions, spread out every four to six weeks for the best results. Laser Treatment Skin can be effective in addressing rosacea symptoms of redness or visible blood vessels. The Laser Treatment Skin coagulates the blood vessels and blocks the pathways for the blood to travel thereby preventing flushing or redness.
You might experience some swelling, bruising, and redness for a few days. However, there is no downtime involved. Results can be expected within six to eight weeks of starting treatment. Your doctor will recommend multiple sessions at first followed by annual sessions to manage and maintain your rosacea symptoms.
While rosacea is found to be more common among women of northern European descent with a fair complexion, but it can impact anyone. Because people in the age group of 30 and 50 are among the vulnerable group, rosacea is often also referred to as acne rosacea or adult acne. This is true even for people who might never have experienced teen acne.
Rosacea is commonly categorized under four subtypes:
While the exact cause for rosacea is not known. There are, however, a few floating theories behind what causes the condition. One such theory attributes rosacea to a neurovascular system disorder or a disorder of the immune system. Another theory is that in people prone to rosacea, Dermodex – a skin mite can make the condition worse.
What is known, is that there are a few common and known risk factors that can trigger the condition. Sunlight, alcohol, stress, spicy foods, hot drinks, extreme temperatures (hot showers and baths), and products such as hair sprays can trigger a flare-up. In women, hormonal fluctuations especially during pregnancy or menopause can contribute to a rosacea flare-up.
Starting early is key to managing rosacea. However, there is no one specific treatment option that works for everyone. Instead, a customized approach is what works the best.
So, the ideal treatment option uses a cocktail of topical antibiotics such as Metrogel, Azalez, and Finacea, anti-inflammatory gels, along with oral (antibiotics) medications – prescribed only in moderate to severe cases. In patients who don’t show much improvement with the above medications, Isotretinoin may be prescribed. However, because Isotretinoin is known to cause major birth defects, doctors are extremely careful when prescribing it for patients.
There is no cure for rosacea at present. However, taking a few precautions can help in managing the condition. Consider the following:
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