Types of Rosacea and Treatment Options near San Diego, CA
What causes rosacea?Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory disorder that is caused by a few different factors. With rosacea, inflammation in the skin is present, which creates the redness associated with the condition. In addition, there is typically an increased number of blood vessels, which contribute to redness and may also be visible beneath the skin. Some people with rosacea may have a reaction to demodex mites, which are natural little bugs that live on our normal skin. Dietary triggers can also play a role in rosacea breakouts.
Treatment options for rosaceaFor patients with rosacea, it is important to treat the inflammation which targets both the redness and acne components of rosacea. There are three main groups of treatments for rosacea:
- Laser treatments
- Topical treatments
- Oral treatments
For the papulopustular component of rosacea, topical and oral treatments can be effective at improving the condition and decreasing the number of breakouts you experience.
- Topical treatments include various medications such as azelaic acid, topical ivermectin, and many others. The goal of these medications is to decrease both the number of blemishes you have due to rosacea and prevent future breakouts from occurring.
- For oral treatments, the mainstay is doxycycline, which is an antibiotic. There is a low dose, delayed release doxycycline available that is sub-microbial, which means that you don’t have to worry as much about antibiotic resistance because the dose is low enough that it only works on the inflammation of the rosacea as opposed to killing the bacteria that can cause acne and other skin infections.
Ocular rosaceaIf you suffer from rosacea, it is important to be aware of and watch for symptoms in your eyes, because rosacea can also affect the eye (called ocular rosacea). When rosacea does affect the eyes, it feels like there is constantly sandpaper or grittiness in the eyes. If this happens and ocular rosacea is present, it is very important to seek medical treatment, as it can cause damage to the eye and keeping the rosacea under control is very important for your long-term eye health.
Rhinophyma rosaceaThe end stage of rosacea is called rhinophyma, where the nose becomes very enlarged and bulbous. Once rosacea gets to this point, it is treated via CO2 laser, which re-sculpts the nose. This procedure is typically not covered by insurance; therefore, it is very important to treat your rosacea early so that the long-term consequences of rosacea do not become apparent in your skin.
Call Dr. Lloyd and Start Managing Your Rosacea Dr. Amanda Lloyd at the Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, CA is an expert in rosacea and would love to talk with you about the different treatments that are available to help you get your rosacea under control. Call us today at (760) 642-6674.
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