Rosacea

Rosacea Specialist
Rosacea shows as redness on the skin, often accompanied by visible blood vessels. Outbreaks of small pus-filled bumps may occur, and these can be misdiagnosed as acne, rash, allergic reaction, or some other skin problem. The Herschthal Practice in the Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale area treats rosacea both clinically and cosmetically. Contact their offices today to set up a consultation.

Rosacea Q & A

The Herschthal Practice - Aesthetic Dermatology

What are the common symptoms and causes of rosacea?

The most obvious symptom is the facial redness that gives the condition its name. The redness persists in the central part of the face. Small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks may become visible. Red bumps resembling the pimples of acne may develop, causing the skin to feel tender and hot. About 50% of rosacea patients also have eye symptoms, including dryness, irritation, swelling, and redness. Eye symptoms may precede facial redness. While rosacea typically affects women more often, men with the condition are more likely to experience an enlarged nose, due to thickening of the skin, a disorder called rhinophyma.

The causes of rosacea are unknown, but it’s thought that a combination of heredity and environment contribute. Personal hygiene is not a cause of the condition.

Are there factors that affect rosacea and its severity?

Risk factors include:

  • Gender – Women are more susceptible
  • Fair skin – More affected by sun damage
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Being over the age of 30

In addition, certain triggers aggravate rosacea by increasing flow to the face. These triggers include:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels
  • Sun, wind and temperature extremes
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot drinks and caffeine
  • Emotions
  • Exercise and physical exertion
  • Cosmetics

How is rosacea treated?

Some medications reduce the signs of rosacea, including both topical treatments and oral drugs. Topical solutions are temporary, reducing the redness of the affected areas. Oral antibiotics may combat the inflammation causing redness, and isotretinoin, a powerful anti-acne drug, can clear up the lesions of rosacea. This drug can cause serious birth defects, so it shouldn’t be taken during pregnancy.

Therapeutic procedures commonly used to treat rosacea symptoms include lasers and pulsed light therapy to reduce redness from enlarged blood vessels. Contact The Herschthal Practice today to schedule your consultation.

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The Herschthal Practice - Aesthetic Dermatology
7280 W Palmetto Park Road
Suite 210
Boca Raton, FL 33433