Rosacea Treatment

West Dermatology

Learn more about Rosacea Treatment and how West Dermatology can help.
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Improving Rosacea at West Dermatology

According to the National Rosacea Society, there are nearly 20 million Americans believed to suffer from rosacea, and an estimated 415 million worldwide. At West Dermatology, we know both the physical and emotional effects that this troublesome condition can have on both you and your appearance. As your community skin experts, we empathize with how rosacea can affect you in both professional and personal settings, which is why we offer a variety of treatments and provide support as you deal with this bothersome skin condition.

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About Rosacea

What Causes It?

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea (Roh-ZAY-sha) is a chronic condition which can develop in all types of skin, although lighter-skinned people seem to be more susceptible. While, rosacea is more common in women, men tend to have more severe signs and symptoms.

Initially, rosacea presents as the inclination to blush or flush easily. It is characterized by persistent redness of the skin, the prominence of blood vessels, the formation of reddish bumps or pimples, and skin blotchiness. Although rosacea can flare up almost anywhere on the body, it most commonly affects the following:

  • Scalp
  • Forehead
  • Nose
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Chest

In addition, rosacea can become more advanced, and develop into a condition called Rhinophyma, which is indicated by a nose that appears large and bulbous. 

If you present with the signs and symptoms of rosacea, contact our board-certified dermatologists at West Dermatology to schedule a consultation. We create a treatment plan customized to meet your needs and help restore your self-esteem and quality of life.

What Causes Rosacea?

The exact causes of rosacea are not yet fully known or understood. Although research is ongoing, it’s thought that possible causes include family genetics, problems with blood vessels, irregularities in the nervous or immune system, certain microbes, and rosacea mites.

However, there are various triggers that can cause a flare-up of rosacea, and these are more widely understood. These triggers include:

  • Sun exposure
  • Stress
  • Heavy physical exertion
  • Alcohol
  • Hot drinks
  • Climate conditions, such as wind, hot or cold weather
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot baths
  • Certain skin-care products (particularly ones that have skin irritants such as alcohol)

If you know your triggers, then we strongly urge you to avoid them as much as possible. On the other hand, if you’re not sure what causes your flare-ups, schedule an appointment with one of our rosacea experts for a consultation to help determine what your triggers are.

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Treatment for Managing Rosacea

at West Dermatology Hillcrest

Unfortunately, there is no complete cure or solution to rosacea. Furthermore, even if a treatment plan is successful in relieving or causing your symptoms to recede, rosacea can often recur without warning – even if you’re careful in avoiding your triggers.

But that doesn’t mean there’s no hope. On the contrary, rosacea can be managed or controlled with any one of the various treatments we provide, which can help refresh your skin and restore your self-esteem. Because your symptoms are unique, we have the knowledge and expertise to customize your treatment to fit your needs.

The goal at West Dermatology Hillcrest is to minimize your symptoms, regardless of how severe your flare-up is.

Ways to Manage Mild Rosacea

For milder cases of rosacea, the goal is to reduce redness and shrink bumps and pimples. Topical medications designed to reduce redness include:
  • Antibiotics (Clindamycin or Benzoyl Peroxide)
  • Metrogel
  • Metrolotion
  • Noritate
  • Fineacea gel
  • Sulfur products (Rosac, Clenia, Rosula)
For bumps and pimples, we provide oral medications like Minocycline, Tetracycline, and Doxycycline.

Treating Severe Cases of Rosacea

For rosacea that presents with more severe signs or symptoms – including severe persistent redness, prominent veins, or a disfigured nose – we offer other types of treatment designed to improve blood vessels and/or minimize facial flushing. These include:
  • Lasers, particularly green or yellow lasers, such as the Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) which can help reduce redness and flushing
  • IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy uses specific wavelengths to alleviate the inflammation, redness, pimples and uneven skin tones caused by the condition.
  • Electrosurgery improves the appearance of Rhinophyma

We also recommend avoiding your known triggers and following a daily skin care routine involving cleansers or cloths that are gentle and non-abrasive. We also urge you to avoid sun exposure, or, if you must venture into the sun, we recommend using SPF 15+ sunscreen.

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Learn More About Rosacea Treatment

What causes rosacea?

The exact cause of rosacea is currently unknown, though possible causes are still being researched, including genetics, problem blood vessels, a compromised immune or nervous system, and more. What is known is that lifestyle and environmental factors, often referred to as “triggers”, can lead to this redness response.

What are the most common triggers that activate or aggravate a rosacea flare-up?

The most common rosacea triggers include sun exposure, heavy physical overexertion, emotional stress, alcohol consumption, hot or cold weather, wind, spicy foods, hot baths, heated drinks, and even certain skin-care products.

Is avoiding lifestyle and environmental triggers really effective for helping manage my rosacea? 

Yes. For many patients who have identified their personal trigger factors, avoiding those factors reduce their flare-ups because they are not putting themselves in a position to induce the symptoms to occur or recur.

Is rosacea contagious?

No, it is not contagious. There is no evidence that it is spread by skin contact or through the inhalation of airborne bacteria.

Can my rosacea flare-ups be diagnosed beforehand?

Possibly, but it’s not always consistent. Sometimes, “pre-rosacea” can be identified in younger people in their teens or early 20s because they visit a dermatologist for acne treatment, at which point their longer-than-normal redness and skin flushing continues to appear on the cheeks, chin, nose or forehead. If you recognize the symptoms of pre-rosacea in yourself or someone younger who’s close to you, such as a family member, please consult a dermatologist.

What are the symptoms of rosacea?

Rosacea can indicate itself in a variety of ways, and it’s not consistent from person to person. Many patients report one of a variety of symptoms that could indicate rosacea, which include: facial flushing, burning, itching, stinging, itching, and swelling (edema). Often, these symptoms cause the cheeks to look “baggy” or lead to a nose that becomes bulbous and/or bumpy. Dry, flaky skin is also commonly reported. Your symptoms may also exhibit various levels of severity in different areas of the face, or they may present themselves with similar symptoms on both sides of the face.

How long does rosacea last?

Rosacea is a chronic disorder characterized by relapses and periods of remission. Although there is currently no cure for rosacea, the symptoms can normally be controlled or managed with treatments and/or modifications to lifestyle. We have seen patients who continue their rosacea treatments for the long term are more successful in managing their symptoms and keeping the recurrence of rosacea at bay.

How long after a rosacea trigger will a rosacea flare-up occur?

Usually, how quickly a rosacea trigger can result in a flare-up differs from person to person and depends on the nature or type of trigger. The best way to know for yourself is to monitor yourself to see how quickly your rosacea flares up once you confront a trigger.

If there is no cure for rosacea, how can it be treated?

While it’s true that a cure for rosacea has yet to be found, the goal at West Dermatology Hillcrest is to medically treat your condition to control, manage, or even eliminate various signs and symptoms. Because rosacea signs and symptoms vary from patient to patient, your treatment plan must be tailored to meet the needs of your individual case. Such treatments include prescription oral and topical rosacea medication, oral antibiotics, laser treatment, and certain minor surgical procedures. Of course, avoiding known lifestyle and environmental factors that may trigger your condition is also effective.

What skin-care products are appropriate to use with rosacea?

If you’re like many rosacea sufferers, your skin is sensitive and easily irritated. If so, you should avoid products that irritate, burn, or sting your skin. Products that commonly do this include ones that have alcohol, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, and salicylic acid as ingredients. The rosacea experts at West Dermatology recommend full-spectrum sunscreens, SPF 15 or higher, because your facial skin is likely susceptible to sun damage and subsequent rosacea flare-ups.

How much are treatments for rosacea at West Dermatology?

While the cost of treatment for Rosacea may vary, we accept medical insurance. Below is a list of the major insurance carriers accepted at our West Dermatology Hillcrest office. If you don’t see your carrier, we are also in network with several additional local organizations and carriers. However, even within the major carriers, policies and coverages frequently have restrictions and limitations. Please call us to confirm your insurance and we help confirm your coverage for treatment.

Provider Select, Inc.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance
United Healthcare
Village Health
Western Growers Alliance & Trust
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Coventry Healthcare
Exclusive Care
Health Net®
Health West
Humana Choice Care®
Liberty HealthShare
Sharp Health Plan
Fresenius Medical Care
Railroad Medicare Providers
Networks by Design
Three Rivers Provider Network

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