Clarkston Dermatology
1-248-620-3376 5701 Bow Pointe Drive
Suites 215 & 217
Clarkston, MI 48346

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes redness, pustules, papules, and swelling on the face. Often referred to as “adult acne”, rosacea frequently begins as a tendency to flush or blush easily. It may progress to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. The eyes, ears, chest, and back may also be involved. With time, small blood vessels and tiny pimples begin to appear on and around the reddened area; however, unlike acne, there are no blackheads.

When rosacea first develops, the redness may come and go. Some people may flush or blush and never form pustules or papules. Small dilated vessels also may be present due to prolonged sun exposure. However, when the skin does not return to its normal color, and when other symptoms such as pimples and enlarged blood vessels become visible, it is best to seek advice from a dermatologist. The condition may last for years, will rarely reverse itself, and can become worse without treatment.

Did you know?

About 50% of people with rosacea have eye involvement (ocular rosacea). Some rosacea patients experience burning and grittiness of the eyes, a common condition known as conjunctivitis.

Dermatologists often recommend a combination of treatments tailored to the individual patient. These treatments can stop the progress of rosacea and sometimes reverse it.

Creams, lotions, foams, washes, gels, and pads that contain various topical antibiotics, metronidazole, sulfacetimide, benzoyl peroxide, and retinoids may be prescribed.

Oral antibiotics tend to produce faster results than topical medications. Cortisone creams may reduce the redness of rosacea. It is best to use these creams only under the direction of a dermatologist.

The persistent redness may be treated by laser surgery to close off the dilated blood vessels. Cosmetics also may be helpful.



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