Dermatology located in Maspeth, NY, Park Slope, NY & New York, NY
Rosacea can be irritating and uncomfortable, as well as a cosmetic concern. A diligent dermatologist and skin care specialist, Javier Zelaya, MD, offers multiple solutions to help manage your rosacea and soothe and heal your skin at Skinworks Dermatology, located in Maspeth, Chelsea, and South Slope, Brooklyn. Getting a handle on your rosacea can seem overwhelming, but Dr. Zelaya and the skilled staff at Skinworks Dermatology are here to help. Call the office or use the online scheduler to book your appointment.
Rosacea Q & A
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition involving redness and visible blood vessels on your face. It might also cause small, red, and pus-filled bumps. Symptoms of rosacea typically come and go. Rosacea is often mistaken for an allergic reaction, acne, or other skin problems.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
The symptoms of rosacea include:
- Facial redness
- Visible or swollen small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks
- Swollen red and pus-filled bumps
- Hot and tender skin
- Eye problems, such as dryness, irritation, and swollen, reddened eyelids
Rarely, rosacea can cause an enlarged nose and thickened skin on the nose that can make it appear bulbous (rhinophyma).
What causes rosacea?
The exact cause of rosacea isn’t clear. It might be associated with a number of environmental and hereditary factors. Things that increase blood flow to the surface of your skin can trigger or aggravate rosacea, such as:
- Spicy foods and hot drinks
- Temperature extremes
- Wind or sunlight
- Strong emotions
- Medications that dilate blood vessels, such as certain blood pressure medications
Some of the risk factors for rosacea are aging, smoking, being female, having fair skin, and having a family history of rosacea.
What are the treatments for rosacea?
After examining your skin, your symptoms, and your medical and family history, Dr. Javier Zelaya devises a personalized treatment plan to treat your rosacea.
Rosacea treatments are usually focused on controlling and preventing symptoms, and improving skin health. To treat your rosacea, Dr. Zelaya might recommend:
- Medications and topical gels that reduce redness, such as brimonidine (MIRVASO®) and metronidazole
- Oral antibiotics to reduce some types of bacteria and decrease inflammation
- Certain oral acne medications, such as isotretinoin, to help soothe and clear up the acne-like lesions of rosacea
- Laser therapy and intense pulsed light to reduce the redness of enlarged blood vessels
- Dermabrasion to exfoliate and prompt skin healing
- Lifestyle changes, such as a nutrient-dense diet and stress management
To manage your rosacea, you can also try:
- Identifying and avoiding triggers that might exacerbate your rosacea
- Protecting your face from the sun and using a quality sunscreen
- Treating your skin gently and using quality gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and other skin care products
Dr. Zelaya can help you determine the best way to treat your rosacea and achieve smooth, clear, and comfortable skin. Call the Skinworks Dermatology office or click to schedule here on the web.