If you’re living with moderate-to-severe rosacea, you know the flushing and redness that develops on the nose, cheeks, and forehead can impact your self-image and even your confidence in social situations.
Rosacea mimics the appearance of a permanent sunburn. The condition can impact your confidence since your face is the first thing people notice about you.
At her cosmetic and dermatology practice in Westlake Village, California, Daphne Panagotacos, M.D., Inc., and our skilled clinical staff are committed to excellence in dermatology.
Our team provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for issues affecting the skin, as well as cosmetic treatments to restore and maintain healthy-looking skin.
Rosacea frequently starts as flushing and evolves into continuous redness, visible blood vessels, and acne-like lesions.
The cause of rosacea is still unclear, but a combination of genetic predisposition, environmental factors, and vascular factors appear to be involved. While there isn’t a complete cure for rosacea, there are effective treatments to reduce redness and improve the appearance of your skin.
Approaches for managing rosacea
While science has yet to find a cure for rosacea, it is manageable.
Topical and oral treatments
Topical treatments play a role in keeping rosacea under control. Creams or gels containing antibiotics or azelaic acid target and reduce redness and inflammation. For more severe cases, antibiotics help control rosacea from within, addressing the broader spectrum of symptoms, including the acne-like lesions.
Laser and light therapies can make a significant difference in the appearance of rosacea. Dr. Panagotacos uses intense-pulse light (IPL) therapy to treat a broad range of skin concerns, including rosacea.
IPL therapy uses heat to diminish the appearance of tiny capillaries close to the skin's surface. The laser energy constricts and shrinks visible blood vessels, reducing redness.
Skin care and sun protection
Skin care and sun protection are fundamental in managing rosacea. Choosing gentle skin care products without irritants and applying sunscreen daily is crucial to minimizing flare-ups. Sun protection is critical, as UV exposure can worsen rosacea symptoms.
Managing rosacea includes identifying and avoiding known triggers like spicy foods, alcohol, sun exposure, emotional stress, and specific skin care products. Avoiding these triggers can reduce the frequency and intensity of flare-ups.
Implementing self-care strategies is part of effective rosacea management. That includes using mild, fragrance-free cleansing products, regular moisturizing to prevent dryness, and daily sunscreen application. A consistent skin care routine can lead to a better quality of life with fewer flare-ups and milder symptoms.
Top-quality rosacea treatment
Dr. Panagotacos is committed to excellence in dermatology and is here to help improve the condition of your skin. Reach out to our Westlake Village, California, office today to schedule your consultation. The health and beauty of your skin is our top priority.