Have I developed Rosacea on my cleavage? (Photos)

My face is affected by rosacea. Yesterday a doctor diagnosed me with rosacea on my cleavage. Does it seem like rosacea?I has worsened lately. Can bio oil exacerbate it? IThe skin is itchy since I have used bio oil at night. Can isotretinoinum based meds I used for the face alleviate this condition? I don't sun bathe. Help.

Doctor Answers 2

Rosacea, skin conditions and lasers.

This maybe extra facial rosacea, and lasers are indicated if there is redness. I take it you have been seeing a dermatologist. Other rare photosensitive conditions need to be excluded before treatment (Photosensitive dermatitis, idiopathic photodermatosis, lupus, drug photosensitivity, allergic - irritant contact dermatitis, etc..etc..etc.. ) A general medical dermatologist can guide you, and if all these conditions are excluded, sure, laser is an option. 

Rosacea is very complex and a tailored treatment program give the best results. This is because there are many types of rosacea (telengtctatic or capillaries, flushing and redness, acne like rosacea, ocular rosacea and even rhinophyma rosacea.)

To add to the complexity, everyone has different flare factors- Sunlight, stress, foods, chemical irritants, creams, changes in temperature, alcohol. The list goes on. 

A detailed history, together with a treatment tailored according to YOUR type of rosacea will give the best results. As a guide, I use a combination of -

1. Lasers ( to treat redness, broken capillaries, rhinophyma, flushing)- best laser is the V BEAM. IPL can be used, but usually not as effective. Laser toning using the long pulse Nd Yag at 1064 can help with background redness. 

2. Creams - anti inflammatory

3. Tablets -anti - inflammatory and sometimes low dose Vitamin A. 

4. For females- Mineral make up is recommend, over make up that contains parabens. 

For the best results, consult a dermatologist for both medical and laser treatment options. 

Kind regards.

Dr Davin S. Lim.

Laser Dermatologist.

Brisbane, Australia. 


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