Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects nearly 16 million men and women nationwide. There are triggers that can make the disease worse and they can include extreme heat and cold, alcohol, spicy foods, and stress—to name a few. Avoiding these triggers when possible can help to prevent flares.
In general, there are two types of rosacea that dermatologists most commonly treat:
- Papulopustular or “acne rosacea”
Erythematotelangiectatic represents those who have a “rosy appearance” and/or broken blood vessels on their cheeks, chin and forehead. For broken blood vessels, the recommended treatment is lasers. Unfortunately, because of the chronic nature of this disease, even getting laser treatment is not curative. Eventually patients will grow new blood vessels requiring repeat laser treatments. The patients who just have rosy cheeks, or background redness, can be treated with a cream that helps to constrict blood vessels in their face and temporarily takes away the redness.
The second type of rosacea is often referred to as “acne rosacea” because it causes papules and pustules similar to acne. Treatments for this type of rosacea are typically very successful. We use low doses of antibiotics as well as anti-inflammatory creams. Once again, because rosacea is a chronic condition, you can expect to treat intermittently for years.
Both types of rosacea can coexist in a patient, thus each patient may have a unique treatment regiment. Overall, the disease is very difficult for patients and often negatively affects self-image and self-confidence until treated.
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Hannah Rodriquez, PA-C
September 20, 2018