Medical Dermatology

Medical Dermatology

Rosacea

Rosacea causes redness and acne-like pimples on the face.  It may begin as a tendency to blush easily and gradually progress to persistent redness and acne-like pimples involving the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose.  Symptoms in more severe cases include broken capillaries on the surface of the skin, enlarged red nose and puffy cheeks. Rarely, Rosacea can involve the eyes leading to dryness and gritty sensations.  Ocular Rosacea can sometimes be accompanied by chalazion formation (pimples along the eyelid margin).  Some patients with Rosacea can get enlarged red nose (Rhinophyma) that interferes with breathing or wearing of a sleep apnea mask.

Medical Treament: topical creams and oral antibiotics; eyedrops.

Surgical and Laser Treatment: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser treatment for redness and broken capillaries; nose reshaping for rhinophyma.