Mild Rosacea? Some advice on what is up with my face? (photos)
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Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness, but it is actually found in four different subtypes, each with different symptoms. The following are subtypes of Rosacea:
~ Subtype 1 – flushed, red facial skin, facial spider veins, sensitivity, and dry skin
~ Subtype 2 – acne breakouts, very red skin, oily skin, sensitive skin
~ Subtype 3 – rare type of rosacea with bumpy portions of skin, especially on the nose, and oily skin
~ Subtype 4 – affects the eyes causing burning, stinging, blurry vision, and dryness
There are a variety of methods used to treat Rosacea including photodynamic therapy and the Cynergy laser. This laser is FDA-approved and revolutionary at removing redness and scars from your skin. For more information, I recommend getting a in person consultation with a board-certified dermatologist.
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.
Dr Davin S. Lim.
Rosacea Resolution with Clear + Brilliant, peels and VBeam/Yellow lasers
For rosacea, I like a combination approach, using lasers (ProYellow, Pulsed Dye/Vbeam, Excel V) and botox to the cheeks. This makes dramatic changes in color and symptoms. Please see an expert for a formal consultation. Best, Dr. Emer.
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