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If you suffer from rosacea, you may find it troubling and aggravating. Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute offers patients in and around Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Kendall several options for treating and improving rosacea.

WHAT IS ROSACEA?

Rosacea is a facial skin condition characterized by persistent redness, flushing, mild swelling, and in more severe cases, red, pimple-like bumps on the cheeks and nose. It is most common in people with fair skin and affects women more often than men. The persistent red color of the face is caused by a network of small blood vessels (telangiectasia) that have enlarged and become more visible in the skin. Cumulative sun exposure and certain types of food and drugs, alcohol, heat, stress, and exercise can trigger rosacea. Because it is so visible, this disease can affect quality of life by making affected individuals self-conscious about their appearance.

Rosacea is a common skin condition, usually occurring on the central face. It is typically characterized by facial flushing worsened by exercise, extreme temperatures, stress, and spicy foods or beverages. There are four subtypes:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic (redness and broken blood vessels)
  • Papulopustular (acne-like bumps)
  • Phymatous (thickening of the skin and excessive growth of oil glands)
  • Ocular rosacea (redness and irritation of the eyes).

WHAT CAUSES ROSACEA?

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but blood vessel changes, underlying skin inflammation, skin mites (Demodex), and even iron metabolism may contribute to the condition. Genetics also play a role. People of Northern European ancestry are more likely to develop the condition.

ABOUT ROSACEA TREATMENT

Sunblock, topical prescription medications, oral doxycycline, laser treatment, and IPL, PDL, Isotretinoin treatment all may help control rosacea. Avoidance of aggravating factors is also important to avoid flare-ups.

Due to the way that rosacea can cause embarrassment or social anxiety in those who suffer from the condition, rosacea treatment is useful for improving the physical condition as well as the emotional side effects. Every rosacea treatment is tailored to the specific needs of the individual to help create healthy, beautiful skin for the long-term. In addition to our innovative procedures, our compassion goes a long way to establish a healing environment that brings out the natural radiance in every client.

Our medical team at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute will design a customized rosacea treatment program for each individual patient based on his or her condition, lifestyle, and goals. Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist, offers rosacea treatment to people living in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Kendall, FL, as well as other parts of the country. Contact us today to learn more.

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