Rosacea Skin Care: A Dermatologist’s Guide to Treatment

Woman with rosacea (model) holding a finger up to her face.

Rosacea is more than a surface-level concern; it’s a condition that can shape how you see yourself and interact with others. At MI Skin Dermatology Center, we approach rosacea skin care with an in-depth understanding of these challenges.

In this blog post, I’ll guide you through available treatments and lifestyle tips, offering professional insights to help you confidently navigate the path to clearer, healthier skin. And I encourage you to take our informative quiz to help pinpoint which laser treatment options may be suitable for you.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a genetically inherited, chronic disorder that primarily affects the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. This condition may be associated with persistent facial redness, especially on the nose and cheeks. Inflammation over time can cause permanent redness and scarring, leading to a puffy appearance. The exact cause remains unknown, but stress, seasonal changes, and hormonal fluctuations often trigger flare-ups.

How Does Rosacea Compare to Acne Vulgaris?

Acne vulgaris, often referred to simply as acne, is a common skin condition. Unlike acne rosacea, which mainly causes redness on the cheeks, acne vulgaris can lead to stubborn breakouts and scars.

Many patients with rosacea also suffer from acne vulgaris. While both may cause bumps and redness on the face, they are distinct conditions and require specialized treatments. MI Skin Dermatology Center offers an array of laser and light-based therapies to improve rosacea and acne.

What Are the Most Effective Treatments for Rosacea?

Along with oral and topical medications, several laser and light treatments have proven effective in the treatment of rosacea:

  • BBL®, DermaV™, and V-Beam®: These laser and light treatments are excellent for reducing redness and the severity of flushing associated with rosacea.
  • Intellitone Laser: This gentle option heats the dermis under the skin to stimulate collagen and reduce redness without pain or downtime.
  • Photodynamic Therapy: This treatment, called PDT, combines a topical solution with light to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface, an effective option for various vascular facial conditions, including rosacea.

What Are the Top Treatments for Acne Vulgaris?

Oral and topical medications are a mainstay of acne treatment. These light-based treatments give patients additional highly effective solutions for reducing active acne and acne scars:

  • Chemical Peels & DermaSweep: These procedures exfoliate and renew the skin, enhancing its ability to absorb topical medications and fight off future outbreaks.
  • Tixel®: A heat-based fractional skin treatment, Tixel restores healthy skin by addressing active acne and scarring with less downtime than traditional laser treatments.
  • Photodynamic Therapy: Also effective against rosacea, this treatment works on acne by killing the bacteria that cause pimples and treating the sebaceous glands that lead to active acne lesions.
  • BBL and V-Beam Photofacial: These laser and light treatments, effective in rosacea treatment, also benefit acne patients.
  • Laser Resurfacing Procedures: Laser skin resurfacing options, including Fraxel® and fractional CO2, can be tailored to your specific needs to reduce the appearance of scars.

What Else Can I Do to Manage My Rosacea?

Managing rosacea skin involves more than just medical intervention. Incorporating the following lifestyle changes can ease your symptoms and enhance your post-rosacea treatment results:

  • Avoid emotional or physical stress.
  • Stay away from extremely hot temperatures.
  • Avoid UV exposure and use broad-spectrum, high-SPF sunscreen daily.
  • Limit alcohol or spicy foods.

The National Rosacea Society offers a Rosacea Diary, available for download online. Using this diary for at least 2 weeks can help you identify your rosacea triggers and better manage the condition.  

These changes, along with a skincare regimen comprising medical-grade skincare products and sun protection, can significantly improve the appearance of rosacea. Our knowledgeable team can help you select products that support and enhance your rosacea treatments.

Schedule a Consultation

While there’s no permanent cure for rosacea, symptoms can be managed through medications, lasers, and lifestyle changes. If you’d like to speak to a board-certified dermatologist about your options, call our office today at (202) 393-7546 or request a consultation using the online form.

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