Rosacea is a common chronic condition primarily of facial skin. It is common in the third and fourth decade of life, peaking at the age of 40 and 50 years. The causes of rosacea are still not clear, but it tends to run in families and is more apparent in those with fair skin and/or a history of tanning.
Early stages of rosacea are characterized by persistent redness or ruddiness to the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. Rosacea can also affect the eyes, leading to inflammation of the lids. Rosacea flares often occur following exposure to known triggers, such as sun exposure, stress, alcohol, and menopause. Rosacea frequently leads to the development of facial spider veins, also called telangiectasias, and acne-like bumps. Once facial spider veins occur, the only treatment for the visible vessels is laser therapy. In some extreme cases, diffuse overgrowth of connective tissue and sebaceous glands may occur, which can lead to an enlargement of the nose, called rhinophyma.
Rosacea can be treated and controlled if medical advice is sought in the early stages. It may take several weeks or months of treatment before a person notices an improvement of the skin.
When left untreated, rosacea often gets worse and then becomes more difficult to treat. Although there is no cure for rosacea, it can be treated and controlled. The goals of treatment are to control the condition and improve the appearance and health of the skin.
At Best Impression Medical Spa and Laser Center, your skin will be evaluated by Dr. Mirabile, Dr. Hsu or one of our skin care specialists to determine what treatment regimen is right for you.