What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects adults. It causes redness in your face and produces small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules. Left untreated, rosaceae tends to be progressive, worsening over time. Rosacea symptoms and signs may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then lessen for a while before flaring up again.

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but researchers believe it’s likely due to some combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Though there is no way to eliminate rosacea altogether or any magic roseacea cure, effective rosacea treatments can relieve symptoms and signs. Most often this requires a combination of prescription treatments and certain lifestyle changes on your part.

Rosacea Types and Definitions

Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: Redness and Flushing

Symptoms and signs of this type include:

  • History of sensitive skin, stinging or burning sensation may occur when using certain products such as cosmetics, lotions, topical medications or hairspray
  • Redness involving the center portion of the face
  • As the condition progresses, the redness may spread beyond the central face area to the ears, neck and chest
  • Flushing episodes lasting more than 10 minutes is common
  • Stinging or burning sensation may occur with flushing episodes
  • Visible blood vessels

Papulopustular Rosacea: Bumps and Pustules

Hallmarks of this type of Papulopustular Rosacea include:

  • Central facial redness (area around eyes and mouth typically spared)
  • Development of small bumps (papules)
  • Pus-filled lesions referred to as pustules may develop along with the papules
  • Intense redness may develop making visible blood vessels less apparent

Phymatous roseaca: Thickening of the skin.

Symptoms and signs of Phymatous Rosacea include:

  • Initially skin swells a bit and becomes oiler
  • As the condition progress the pores become more visible and there is an increase in the swelling
  • Eventually the skin develops a thick, bumpy appearance.
  • Thickening of the skin can develop on the cheeks, forehead, chin, ears and eyelids
  • Thickening of the skin on the nose is called rhinophyma

Ocular Rosacea: Rosacea involving the eye.

Symptoms and signs of Ocular Rosacea include:

  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Watery, tearing eyes
  • Itchiness, burning or stinging of the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Inflamed eyelids
  • Eyelid cyst
  • Eyelid infection (sty)
  • Visible blood vessels along the edges of the eyelids
  • Eyesight can become impaired if left untreated.

Rosacea Treatments

  1. Topical Medications include but are not limited to antibiotics, retinoid products, and sulfacetamide.
  2. L’image Skin Spas is pleased to offer the prescription-based Rosaclear System which is a complete system that incorporates a therapeutic prescription component as well as products that reduce and minimize visible redness and blotchiness associated with rosacea. Calming agents are also used to soothe your skin and minerals are used to balance your complexion.
  3. Oral doxycycline
  4. BBL Redness Removal. Broadband light technology utilizes the power of pulsed light to deliver phototherapy results. Specific settings will be selected to best treat your particular skin condition and severity. BBL therapy heats the broken or enlarged capillaries and selectively destroys the leions. Premier Plastic Surgery utilizes the Sciton BBL, the most advanced phototherapy technology on the market today, which allows more accurate and effective treatment of rosacea