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Department of Dermatology

Department of Dermatology

Medical Dermatology - Rosacea

Medical Dermatology

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Overview

 

Rosacea is a relatively common disease in adults, with peak incidence at 20-40 years of age, although it can be seen in the elderly and occasionally in children.  Rosacea involves excessive dilation of the small blood vessels in the face and can have associated symptoms of burning, and multiple inflamed lesions. This results in easy blushing and generalized facial redness that can be associated with symptoms of burning and multiple inflamed bumps.  There are four variants to rosacea and many people may have several different variants at the same time:

1)    Papulopustular rosacea: There are multiple red (erythematous) and inflamed bumps and there may be pustules (pus-filled) bumps as well. 

2)    Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea:  Dilated vessels with generalized redness to the central face.

3)    Ocular rosacea: Burning and irritation of the eyes

4)    Phymatous rosacea: Enlargement of the sebaceous glands (oil producing glands) of the nose, chin, or ears.

 

Rosacea is difficult to treat, particularly because the redness component is generally resistant to available topical or systemic therapies.  Laser therapy is one option offered to treat the redness.

 

For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, please call 916-734-6111 or 800-770-9282.

Treatments

Topical therapies offered include: 

  • Metronidazole
  • Azelaic acid
  • Sulfacetamide
  • Tretinoin

Systemic therapies offered include:

  • Antibiotics 
  • Isotretinoin (Previously known as Accutane)

Surgical therapies offered include:

  • Pulsed-dye laser for erythema (redness) and telangiectasias (dilated blood vessels)

For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, please call 916-734-6111 or 800-770-9282.