What You Should Know
Rosacea is a chronic condition affecting 14 million Americans: one in 20 adults between the ages of 30 and 60. It is characterized by redness (erythema). Pimples are also sometimes involved. A variety of stimulants can cause immediate worsening of erythema, including sunlight, alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and other stimulants. It usually starts in the central face, but can also be found on the back of the neck, chest, ears and scalp.
Certain medication and products applied to the skin can also trigger rosacea, and an overgrowth of intestinal bacteria has been reported to be the cause in some individuals.
Most people with rosacea have a mild redness only and are not necessarily formally diagnosed. While there is no single test for rosacea, visual inspection, photography and historical data is used to help us establish the diagnosis.
How We Help
This condition is very difficult to control. After doing a thorough evaluation, we will recommend the approach that makes the most sense for you:
- BroadBand Light Therapy -BBL®
- Prescription supplements
- Professional skin care products