What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic inflammation of the skin. It can occur at any age, but most often occurs after the age of 35. In advanced cases, it can look like adult acne, but it usually begins as small areas of blotchy redness. It is usually found on the cheeks and nose, but it can also appear on the forehead and chin. Rosacea can also create pimple-like bumps on the skin that can ooze and crust over. It can also result in a bulbous nose when left untreated. Many people with rosacea not only experience flare-ups with alcohol and spicy foods, but also with stress and heat. Rosacea is often rated by grades one to four to indicate its severity, four being the worst.
What causes rosacea?
Although the exact cause of rosacea is unclear, it is a result of chronic inflammation. It is more commonly found in people who are fair-skinned and who blush easily. Rosacea is more common in women than in men. There is nothing you can do to prevent rosacea, and it is not contagious.
How do we treat rosacea?
Our dermatologists will carefully evaluate your skin in our office and make the best treatment recommendation based on the severity, extent and location of your rosacea. Your dermatologist may then recommend laser treatments, prescription medications, at-home treatments or a combination of treatments.
What other treatments are available?
A prescription for oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline, tetracycline or minocycline may be given. We may also recommend topical antibiotic cream such as metronidazole to help control future rosacea eruptions.
Other Vitamin-A type medications may also be recommended. It’s important to understand that, even though rosacea can look like acne, it is not acne and may not improve with acne medications. Laser treatments may also be recommended, particularly if the rosacea is extensive.
Another option is a topical system such as the Obagi® Rosaclear System. This three-step kit includes a gentle cleanser, calming moisturizer, and prescription gel containing metronidazole, which has shown at least a one-grade reduction in rosacea after two weeks.
What is the cost of rosacea treatment?
Because each rosacea case is unique, a quote can be provided after a thorough consultation and examination by one of our board-certified dermatologists. Once a comprehensive treatment plan has been crafted, we will provide you with a quote. We accept CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit to help you get your treatment now. Please call our office to learn more.
How do I get started?
Dr. Goldberg and his staff will be happy to discuss rosacea treatment with you. Please feel free to call for a private consultation at one of our offices in New York or New Jersey.