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The potential causes of rosacea

Posted on: December 21st, 2022 by Dr. Ramin Fathi

One of the more common complaints at PSDG is rosacea, or generalized redness of the face. I’m constantly asked by our patients if there was something they did to cause rosacea. I find this answer challenging because the exact cause of rosacea is not fully understood. Still, it is thought to be related to a combination of factors, including genetics, environmental triggers, and certain bacteria on the skin.

Rosacea is more common in people with fair skin, and it is more common in women than in men. It is also more common in people over the age of 30. In addition, due to family history, some people may be more prone to developing rosacea.

Fortunately, there are several ways to manage rosacea and reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups:

  1. Protect your skin from the sun: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF and wear protective clothing outside.
  2. Avoid triggers: Common triggers for rosacea include hot beverages, spicy foods, alcohol, and extreme temperatures. Avoiding or limiting exposure to these triggers may help reduce flare-ups.
  3. Practice good skin care: Use gentle skincare products and avoid harsh or irritating ingredients. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing your skin too hard, and use lukewarm water instead of hot water when washing your face.
  4. Use makeup and skin care products designed for sensitive skin: Look for products labeled “non-comedogenic,” which means they are less likely to clog pores, and “free of fragrances,” which can be irritating to sensitive skin.
  5. Avoid heavy or greasy creams: These can clog pores and exacerbate rosacea symptoms.
  6. Seek medical treatment: If your rosacea is severe or does not respond to self-care measures, you may need to see a dermatologist or other medical professional. Treatment options may include prescription medications, laser therapy, and different approaches.

It is important to remember that rosacea is a chronic condition, and managing it will likely require a combination of self-care measures and medical treatment. Working closely with a healthcare provider can help you develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.

We specialize in utilizing laser treatments at Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group to improve rosacea. Pulsed dye laser treatment is a type of laser therapy often used to treat various skin conditions, including rosacea. Pulsed dye laser treatment targets the small blood vessels in the skin that contribute to the redness and swelling associated with rosacea. The laser produces a concentrated light absorbed by the blood vessels, causing them to shrink and become less visible. Pulsed dye laser treatment can also improve the appearance of broken blood vessels and uneven skin tone.

While pulsed dye laser treatment can effectively reduce the redness and swelling associated with rosacea, it is essential to note that it is not a cure for the condition. In addition, rosacea may recur after treatment, and it is necessary to follow a skincare routine and avoid triggers that can worsen the situation.

In addition, laser treatment can cause side effects such as swelling, redness, and blistering at the treatment site. These side effects usually resolve on their own within a few days but, in some cases, may persist for a more extended time. Therefore, discussing the treatment’s potential risks and side effects with a dermatologist or other medical professional before undergoing pulsed dye laser treatment for rosacea is essential.

Overall, pulsed dye laser treatment can be a valuable option for reducing the redness and swelling associated with rosacea and improving the appearance of broken blood vessels and uneven skin tone. However, it is vital to work with a qualified medical professional and to carefully consider the potential risks and benefits of treatment before proceeding. At PSDG, we specialize in utilizing state-of-the-art laser treatments for rosacea with little to no downtime.


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