Todays Treatment Options for Rosacea
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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by red patches on the face. It also causes swelling and the formation of bumps on the face that look similar to acne. Rosacea affects Caucasians more than other ethnicities, and women more than men. Although rosacea does not cause much pain or discomfort, most people do not like the way that it looks. There is no cure for rosacea, but there are multiple treatment options that will reduce the appearance of the rashes and bumps. Patients should note that although rosacea may look like acne, it is not and acne treatments and acne medications will not work. It is important not to treat yourself without instructions from a physician. If you have rosacea, consult with an experienced dermatologist to come up with a treatment plan that works.
Oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline, tetracycline or minocycline are usually one of the first medications prescribed for treatment. Topical antibiotic cream is also effective for reducing bumps and skin lesions. In severe cases of rosacea, laser treatments may be recommended. A series of several laser treatments may eliminate all visible rashes. However, follow-up procedures will need to be performed periodically. Another option is a topical system like the Obagi Rosaclear System, an FDA-approved kit which has shown at least a one-grade reduction in rosacea after two weeks.
There are sometimes environmental factors that will make rosacea symptoms worse. These factors are known as “triggers.” It is important to consult with a dermatologist so he or she can determine what your triggers are. Common triggers include sun exposure, hot weather, and spicy foods. Modifying your behaviors may make your rosacea more tolerable.
Although rosacea isa benign condition, it can have a negative effect on self-esteem. There is no reason not to be treated for rosacea. If you have questions about whether or not you have rosacea, or want to discuss treatment options, contact Dr. Goldberg at Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of NY & NJ today at (646) 461-8550.