Rosacea is an extremely common skin ailment, with symptoms such as facial redness with swollen red bumps and small visible blood vessels. It is sometimes mistaken for acne or other skin conditions and can sometimes occur alongside cystic acne. Treatments such as antibiotics or anti-acne medications can control and reduce symptoms. Medication doesn’t work for all symptoms—especially redness, flushing, and skin thickening around the nose. Laser treatment may be an option if you’ve struggled with these symptoms. Left untreated, rosacea tends to worsen over time.
What Causes Rosacea?
Is there a cure for Rosacea?
Rosacea runs in families and commonly affects women with fair skin. Common triggers include sunlight, hairspray, heat, stress, alcohol, and spicy foods. Typically, rosacea affects the nose, cheeks, and forehead skin. Rosacea often flares up in cycles, with symptoms persisting for weeks or months, followed by remission before the symptoms return.
No permanent rosacea cure is known. However, laser treatments help eliminate visible blood vessels from the face, thus reducing redness and dramatically improving the appearance of the skin. Laser treatment is not a permanent cure for rosacea; results last for months or even years after treatment. Laser therapy for rosacea can provide a 40 to 60% improvement in symptoms after the second treatment.