Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that causes redness and bumps (sometimes filled with puss) on the cheeks, forehead, nose, chin, neck and chest. Symptoms may also include swelling, a burning and/or itching sensation of the eyes, and small red lines exposed from under the skin that are caused by enlarged blood vessels. Some 14 million people in the United States suffer from rosacea. Anyone can develop rosacea, but the condition most commonly affects fair-skinned women between the ages of 30 and 60. It is frequently mistaken for eczema or a skin allergy. Early medical treatment is key to alleviating symptoms, which otherwise are likely to worsen. Over the counter products are typically ineffective, and may even aggravate the condition.
The cause of rosacea remains unknown, although a number of factors are believed to trigger and/or exacerbate the condition. These include:
In addition to topical and oral medications, our physicians provide long-term control of the signs and symptoms of rosacea with a variety of leading-edge technologies. Among these are: