Rosacea Treatment La Jolla UTC

West Dermatology

Learn more about Rosacea Treatment La Jolla UTC and how West Dermatology can help.
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About Rosacea Treatment La Jolla/UTC

What is 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.



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About Rosacea Treatment La Jolla UTC

What Causes It?

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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Common Treatments

Treatment for Managing Rosacea at West Dermatology


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 La Jolla/UTC 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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