Rosacea presents as redness, inflammation or flushing in the central face. Genetic and environmental factors are important in the development of rosacea. Rosacea can be associated with excessive sun exposure and the presence of the hair follicle mite Demodex folliculorum. Flares of rosacea can be triggered by alcohol, stress, exercise, changes in temperature and spicy foods. Patients often report that their rosacea has a detrimental effect on their self-confidence.
If Rosacea is diagnosed, Dr. Ophelia will formulate a personalized skincare plan for you. This may include prescription only topical or oral medications to help with the redness and inflammation caused by rosacea. In addition, Dr. Ophelia may decide you will benefit from a course of light or laser based therapies. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is one of our most popular treatments to clear up redness, inflammation and age related pigmentation. For stubborn areas of redness, more targeted vascular lasers such as NdYAG and pulsed dye laser (PDL) can be used. An ablative CO2 laser can be used to treat the nose enlargement that can be associated with rosacea.