Rosacea is a visible reddening of the skin of the face. It is a chronic skin disorder most common in fair-skinned women. It typically appears when a person is in their 30’s or 40’s. Beginning as a persistent flushing in response to stress or exertion, rosacea is progressive, with symptoms worsening over the course of years. Men and women affected by this often feel self-conscious and this increases as the symptoms worsen.
Although there is no cure for rosacea, its appearance can be dramatically reduced. If you want to clear your face of redness and bumpiness, schedule an appointment for a consultation at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery today.
No one knows what its cause. It initially appears as a lengthened blush response. The flushing worsens as blood vessels become weakened and permanently stretched in the “blush areas” of the cheeks, nose and chin. The flushing becomes more pronounced and prolonged, and eventually becomes permanent. The skin grows irritated and red bumps or pimples can appear which is why it is sometimes called “acne rosacea” or “adult acne.” In extreme cases, rhinophyma—firm nodules or bumps distorting the nose–develops.
While it cannot be cured, it can be controlled and its progress arrested through medication and lifestyle changes. The progression of rosacea can be slowed by avoidance of activities or foods that lead to a flushing response, such as:
The appearance of rosacea can be dramatically reduced with vascular-specific laser treatment similar to that used to clear vascular birthmarks. Typically, two to four laser treatments at six to eight week intervals will lead to significant reduction in the facial redness. Laser treatment has also been shown to reduce the number of “acne” bumps that are associated with the disorder and to lead to smoothing of the skin by stimulating the growth of new collagen fibers in the treated skin.
If you are experiencing this, it is best to treat it early to prevent the development of more permanent or disfiguring forms. Schedule an appointment to see one of our board certified dermatologist for a consultation at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery today.