For men and women afflicted with rosacea, Orlando skin care specialist Dr. Kenrick Spence can provide help. This chronic skin condition may result in inflammation of the nose, cheeks, chin, or forehead, sometimes causing swelling of the blood vessels or even skin blemishes resembling acne. As part of our facial rejuvenation treatments, such concerns can be significantly diminished and corrected with Dr. Spence's comprehensive rosacea treatments at his Florida practice.
Take the first step on your journey to evenly toned, clear skin. Request a consultation with Dr. Spence today. Or, you can give us a call at 407-999-2585, and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to help you.
Who is a Candidate for Rosacea Treatment?
You may benefit from rosacea treatment if:
- You feel self-conscious about your appearance due to rosacea symptoms
- You have patches of reddened skin, which may burn or sting
- You want to diminish broken blood vessels resulting from rosacea
- Your nose is red and swollen due to rosacea
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What Are the Types of Rosacea?
Rosacea is often thought of as a singular skin condition that causes diffuse redness and uncomfortable skin sensations.
Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by a redness of the skin that resembles sunburn
Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is characterized by persistent redness on the face. Small blood vessels beneath the skin surface may become enlarged and visible; these symptoms often flare up and then disappear. Without treatment, the redness can get more persistent, cover more skin, and even become permanent.
Papulopustular Rosacea Papulopustular rosacea is associated with “whitehead” pustules, which are pus-filled blemishes, and red, swollen bumps. These typically appear on the cheeks, chin, and forehead and are frequently misidentified as acne. Facial redness and flushing may appear, as well. Severe papulopustular rosacea can cause upwards of 40 blemishes that can take a long time to go away. Blemishes may also appear on the scalp, neck, or chest.
Phymatous Rosacea Phymatous rosacea causes skin to thicken and scar, making it bumpy, swollen, and sometimes discolored. This rare but treatable type most often affects the nose—resulting in what is sometimes called a bulbous nose, or rhinophyma—and appears more frequently in men than in women. Ocular Rosacea In ocular rosacea, symptoms affect the eyes, causing them to look watery or bloodshot. There may be an associated feeling of burning or irritation in your eyes.
Ocular rosacea can cause persistently dry, sensitive eyes, and cysts may form on the eyelids. Ocular symptoms of rosacea may be more common than previously thought, because the connection between skin symptoms and the eyes can be easily overlooked. Identifying the type or types of rosacea that cause your symptoms is just one part of a complete diagnosis. It is equally important for you and your doctor to understand which of your everyday habits and routines may be contributing to your symptoms. Dermatologists at NYU Langone have seen all types of rosacea and can diagnose the type or types that are causing your symptoms and recommend treatment to improve the look and feel of your skin.
How is Rosacea Diagnosed?
Your board-certified dermatologist has considerable knowledge about rosacea and other skin conditions. During your consultation, you can expect a thorough review of your symptoms and medical history. Your physical examination will observe characteristics that may indicate rosacea, including flushing, fixed areas of redness, visible tiny blood vessels, and pustules or papules in a localized area.
Your doctor may also look for secondary features such as
- Dry skin
- Stinging and burning
- Skin swelling
- Location of symptoms
- Marked skin thickening
Who is at Risk for Developing Rosacea?
Millions of people in the United States are affected by rosacea. According to research, this dermatologic condition tends to occur in adulthood. It is relatively uncommon for a child to have rosacea, and far more likely for someone with a very light complexion to have it. Most people who have rosacea also have at least one family member who has it. Studies also link rosacea with a tendency to have cystic acne. Women are more affected by rosacea than men. However, the few men who do develop this condition usually experience more severe symptoms than women.
Can Rosacea be Prevented?
Rosacea cannot be prevented because there may be genetic aspects to it. However, you can learn how to manage your condition by understanding what causes it, what triggers flare-ups, and how to lessen its severity. Some of the tips that you may benefit from include:
- Get sun-savvy. Sun exposure is one of the most significant causes of rosacea flare-ups. Knowing this, you can be diligent about avoiding sun exposure during peak hours and also your use of broad-spectrum sunscreen when you go outdoors. Because rosacea can make your skin more sensitive, it's best to use physical sunscreens that contain titanium oxide and/or zinc oxide.
- Manage your stress levels. Studies suggest that stress can influence the frequency and severity of rosacea outbreaks. Exercise is an excellent way to mitigate stress, as is meditation, qi gong, tai chi, or even meeting up with trusted friends.
- Reduce the heat. Hot water in showers and baths and hot air from heaters and fireplaces can trigger a flare-up. Keep your environment warm, not hot, to manage your symptoms.
- Keep it cool. We just mentioned that heat can exacerbate rosacea symptoms. In addition to avoiding hot showers and environments, it's beneficial to have ways to cool down when the weather is warm or when you're exercising. Dress in layers when needed, and consider having a cooling towel to place around your neck on hot days or during workouts.
- Keep it simple. Your skincare routine is important to managing your rosacea symptoms. Choose products made for sensitive skin. These have far fewer potentially-irritating ingredients and may also have soothing ingredients! If you have rosacea, it is important to be gentle with your skin when you cleanse and exfoliate.
Is There a Cure?
There is no cure for rosacea. When you consult with your dermatologist, the goal of your treatment plan is to manage your triggers and flare-ups. There are several ways this may be accomplished. In addition to noting your symptoms and learning what triggers them, your doctor may prescribe certain medicines. Certain procedures may also help reduce the effects of rosacea. Examples include dermabrasion or microdermabrasion, IPl treatments, or laser treatments.
What Triggers Rosacea Flare-Ups?
What triggers your rosacea may be different than other people. It can be helpful to track your symptoms and pinpoint what you did just before they occurred. Some of the common rosacea triggers include spicy foods, heat, sun exposure, stress, and certain medications.
Dr. Spence will customize your procedure based on your skin's condition and type, any related skin concerns, such as acne, and your aesthetic goals. He first performs the VISIA® Complexion Analysis to evaluate your skin. Dr. Spence then integrates the appropriate technologies and techniques, such as:
- Custom-blended topical skin care products
- Light and laser therapy
Recovery & Results
Depending on the treatments used, downtime varies. For example, no downtime is needed after treatment with topical skin care products. Laser treatments may result in slightly pink skin, which soon subsides. Dr. Spence will provide you with guidelines for easing your recovery and healing quickly and fully.
In accordance with Hillcrest Plastic Surgery skin care management protocol, Dr. Spence and our experienced staff help our patients to complement their treatments with an at-home skin care regimen. By following this program combined with ongoing rosacea treatments at our Orlando medical spa, most of our patients experience noticeable improvement in their skin's health and hue.