Rosacea is a very common inflammatory condition that causes redness and acne type lesions. This inflammation results in a flushed appearance. Flare-ups usually happen on the cheeks and nose, and sometimes on the forehead and chin.
Rosacea is characterized by:
- Redness of the skin, called erythema.
- Red bumps, called papules, and white bumps with pus inside them, called pustules.
- Swollen blood vessels, called Telangiectasia.
An important thing to remember about rosacea is that certain triggers make the condition worse: spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, sun, wind, menopause and heat.
Treatment may consist of topical prescriptions such as Metrogel and Finacea, an oral anti-inflammatory medication, or IPL for the redness and blood vessels. At Epiphany Dermatology, we stay current on the most advanced and newest treatments available and there are some exciting new medications available for Rosacea that may be just right for you!
We also recommend that our patients use very gentle cleansers and sunblocks such as CeraVe and Elta MD. Zinc oxide does not tend to aggravate the skin, unlike chemical based sunscreens. In addition, mineral based makeups such as Jane Iredale often work better for rosacea prone skin.
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Dr. R. Todd Plott is a board-certified dermatologist in Coppell, Keller, and Saginaw, TX. His specialization and professional interests include treating patients suffering with acne, identifying and solving complex skin conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and identifying and treating all types of skin cancers. In his spare time, Dr. Plott enjoys cycling, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his children and new grandson.
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