Fed up with with facial redness and blushing?
Many individuals suffer from Rosacea, a chronic skin condition characterized by persistent redness of the central face.
It is an inflammatory process that can present with small pimples and dilated small visible vessels within the reddened areas, especially on the chin, cheeks and nose.
Many lifestyles factors can cause rosacea to flare up. Common triggers are hot and cold weather, alcohol, sun exposure, stress, and hot or spicy food and drinks.
Over two million Canadians are known to be affected by rosacea. It typically develops between ages 30 to 50 and tends to occur more often in women than men. It is a chronic condition often misdiagnosed as acne. Rosacea cannot be cured but definitely can be controlled. At Rao Dermatology, we can help you establish an optimal treatment plan to treat your rosacea symptoms.
What Causes Rosacea?
According to the latest research, rosacea is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as a compromised immune system, possessing fair or light skin, a family history of rosacea, or suffering too much exposure to sunlight.
In any case, the first signs of rosacea can be subtle and may include occasional blushing or a noticeable redness of the skin. Over time, however, these symptoms can become more persistent and pronounced. Bumps, pimples, and enlarged blood vessels may appear, that gives your skin a rough, uneven look. At times, though very rarely, symptoms may be severe enough that the skin tissue of the nose becomes thick, swollen and bumpy – this form of rosacea, called rhinophyma, typically affects older men.
What Type of Rosacea Do You Have?
It is important to have a consultation with an experienced, professional skin specialist, like Dr. Rao, to determine which of the following types of rosacea you possess, and what the best course of treatment will be:
Mild (erythematotelangiectatic): Identified by facial flushing and redness, which may only be present at times. You may also experience some swelling, burning and stinging, roughness and noticeable red blood vessels.
Moderate (papulopustular): This more-advanced form of rosacea is marked by persistent redness and pimple-like bumps that may be confused with acne, as well as burning and stinging.
Severe (phymatous): As mentioned above, rosacea may affect the nose, causing the skin tissue to thicken and become bumpy. This severe form of rosacea is called rhinophyma, and most often occurs when the condition is left untreated.
Rosacea Treatment Options:
As we mentioned earlier, Rosacea can’t be completely cured, but our range of professional treatments have greatly helped Rosacea patients in Edmonton see tremendous improvement in their skins appearance. The best success is usually achieved through a tailored treatment plan that includes suppression and prevention, correction, and ongoing (lifelong) maintenance and management.
The Excel V Laser System is a powerful state-of-the-art laser for treating vascular skin conditions such as Rosacea. This award winning laser uses a high power green laser to target abnormal blood vessels and pigment with ultra precision in the skin.
IPL is a non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation and collagen stimulation using infrared light. The procedure is ideal for any part of your face, neck, or décolleté which show redness, and telangiectasia (tiny veins) or brown spots. It has been recommended for skin discoloration from sun damage and flushing symptoms from Rosacea.
- Excel V laser – removes small vessels
- IPL phototherapy– essential maintenance procedure that diminishes background redness
- Medical treatments – both topical and systemic for inflamed pimples
- Daily Advanced skin care – must include sun protection
Book Your Consultation Now
The team at Rao Dermatology is committed to working with you to develop a synergistic approach to enhancing your skin’s health and reducing the signs of Rosacea.
During your consultation with Dr. Rao, he will address your specific needs and goals and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. In addition, he will make recommendations as to the best treatment plan for achieving your desired results. Please use the form below to book now.