Rosacea Treatment In Fairfax, VA

Rosacea Treatment In Fairfax, VA

You don’t have to live with the signs of rosacea, and you don’t have to spend valuable time and money covering it up with makeup.

Our Excel V laser treatment can reduce rosacea redness, and “flushing” to reveal clearer, more natural-looking skin in just a few easy treatments.

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It’s not uncommon for individuals to blush in response to stress, heat, or embarrassment. However, patients with rosacea find that their faces show redness more often and intensely than the typical person.

In addition, signs of rosacea can extend beyond flushing and cause anxiety and self-consciousness. To better understand this skin condition, here’s what you need to know about its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by redness, visible blood vessels, and acne on the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin. It most often affects individuals that are 30-50 years of age that have fair complexions and a history of acne breakouts.

Women are also more likely to experience rosacea than men.

Symptoms and Types of Rosacea

There are four subtypes of rosacea that have unique symptoms in addition to redness, stinging, and burning.

  • Subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea) presents with classic symptoms of rosacea including very sensitive skin, visible blood vessels, dry or rough skin, and tendency to blush and flush.
  • Subtype 2 (papulopustular rosacea) can be identified by the presence of acne-like pustules, oily skin, visible blood vessels, and red patches known as plaques.
  • Subtype 3 (phymatous rosacea) occurs less often and is characterized by thick, bumpy, and oily skin. The nose is often affected by this subtype, and its involvement is referred to as rhinophyma.
  • Subtype 4 (ocular rosacea) concerns the eyes, and symptoms include irritation, itchiness, dryness, visible vessels and cysts on the eyelids, and impaired vision.

Rosacea Causes

While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, researchers believe that it has a strong genetic component as well as links to the immune system, skin mites, and H pylori bacteria.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Rosacea can be diagnosed with a thorough patient history and physical exam.

While rosacea cannot be cured, there are ways to manage its symptoms. Treatment options include identifying and avoiding triggers such as heat, wind, or spicy food.

Dermatologists also recommend that patients protect themselves from the sun by wearing a daily broad-spectrum sunscreen with a least a 30 SPF and that they use gentle skincare products that will not aggravate their rosacea.

Additionally, topical creams and light-based treatments, including IPL, can help improve rosacea.

To learn more about the different subtypes of rosacea and treatment options, please call our office today to schedule an appointment.

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