Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects a significant number of people globally. It is characterized by the presence of redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels on the face, mainly on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Rhinophyma, thickened skin on the nose, papules, and pustules are other common symptoms of this condition. Rosacea tends to affect fair-skinned individuals and women over the age of 30, but it can occur at any age and affect anyone.
At Coast Dermatology in Venice, FL, Dr. Neily, a Board Certified Dermatologist, provides comprehensive care for rosacea. He works closely with his patients to identify the triggers that exacerbate their symptoms and create a customized treatment plan. While there is no cure for rosacea, it is possible to control the symptoms and prevent flare-ups.
The first step in managing rosacea is to avoid triggers that worsen the condition. Sun exposure, spicy foods, alcohol, heat, and stress are some of the most common triggers. Patients should use mild skincare products that do not irritate the skin and avoid harsh exfoliants and abrasive scrubs. A good skincare routine for rosacea should include a mild cleanser, fragrance-free moisturizer, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
If changes to lifestyle and skincare products do not provide the desired relief, prescription medications may be necessary. Topical antibiotics like metronidazole, azelaic acid, and ivermectin reduce inflammation and kill bacteria on the skin. Topical retinoids like tretinoin and adapalene improve skin texture and reduce redness by regulating cell turnover. Oral antibiotics like tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline are prescribed for severe cases to kill bacteria from the inside out and reduce inflammation. Laser therapy is also an option, which targets visible blood vessels, improves skin texture, and tone.
Although living with rosacea can be challenging, with proper care and treatment, patients can keep the symptoms under control. If you are struggling with rosacea, at schedule an appointment with Dr. Neily at Coast Dermatology in Venice, FL. He can help you develop a customized treatment plan that works for you, allowing you to manage your rosacea and take back control of your life.