What is rosacea.
Rosacea is a skin condition that most often appears in the middle of your face - typically cheeks, nose, and chin-and makes your face look red or flushed. You may sometimes get bumps or pimples in the same area. The redness, flushing, and bumps often come and go.
What causes rosacea?
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, although several theories exist. One theory of rosacea's origin is that the disease may be a component of a more generalized disorder of the blood vessels, which could explain why rosacea sufferers have a tendency to flush. Another theory is that changes in normal skin bacteria or infection of the stomach by Helicobacter pylori may play a role. Other theories suggest that the condition is caused by microscopic skin mites (Demodex), fungus, a malfunction of the connective tissue under the skin or even psychological factors.
Can anyone get rosacea?
As many as 14 million Americans have rosacea. Persons of any age and background can get the condition, although rosacea typically affects persons over age 30 and individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk.
What is the treatment for rosacea?
There is no cure for rosacea; however, there are a number of topical and oral medications that can alleviate symptoms and keep rosacea outbreaks under control. If left untreated, rosacea can get worse with redder skin, red pimples, lines and eventually small knobby bumps on your nose.
Although medical therapies can give excellent control of the bumps and pimples associated with rosacea, laser therapies are best for either diffuse redness or specific prominent vessels which may occur. We offer comprehensive laser therapies for rosacea including the Fotofacial RF treatment and the 532 Nanometer diode (Vascular) laser.