Southside Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center
Dermatologists located in Tulsa, OK
If your face looks red or flushed, or if you have “acne” that doesn’t go away, you may have a skin condition called rosacea that affects approximately 16 million United States men and women. Top dermatologists Alison Fischer, MD, and Robert Fischer, MD, of Southside Dermatology control and clear your rosacea outbreaks with cutting-edge lasers and other therapies. If you live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or surrounding areas, contact Southside Dermatology for rosacea therapy by phoning the friendly staff or using the online form.
Rosacea Q & A
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that usually affects women and men over the age of 30 who have fair complexions. Rosacea can’t be cured, but it isn’t contagious and it isn’t medically serious. Rosacea symptoms usually flare up and then resolve on their own.
How can I tell if I have rosacea?
You’re more likely to develop rosacea if you blush easily. Symptoms of rosacea include:
- Redness in central face
- Thickened facial skin
- Rough skin
- Visible facial veins
- Red bumps
- Pimples that aren’t acne-related
- Red, irritated, or burning eyes
- Rashy or raised skin patches
Women are more susceptible to rosacea, but men usually develop the most severe cases. Severe rosacea can lead to a symptom called rhinophyma, in which your nose becomes thick, red, and bulbous.
Why do I have rosacea?
Rosacea is probably hereditary. Other possible causes include abnormalities or defects in your:
- Immune system
- Nervous system
- Facial blood vessels
- Fatty acids in your skin
Some researchers believe that rosacea may be triggered by excessive numbers of the Demodex mite, an organism that naturally inhabits human skin. Researchers don’t yet know whether the excess is the cause or result of rosacea. If you have Demodex mite proliferation, your Southside Dermatology doctor may recommend topical antiparasitic treatments if you don’t respond to other therapies.
How can I cure rosacea?
Rosacea can’t be cured yet, but it can be managed. Rosacea flare-ups are often triggered by environmental and lifestyle factors. Keep a diary of your flare-ups to see if you can identify triggers in your own case, such as:
- Exposure to heat or sun
- Eating hot or spicy foods
- Cold, windy days
- Hot baths or showers
- Drinking alcohol
If you have an active flare-up that troubles you, contact Southside Dermatology for treatment.
How do dermatologists treat rosacea?
Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Alison Fischer or Dr. Robert Fischer might recommend eye drops or topical therapies to control redness of your eyes or skin. However, the most effective treatment to reduce the visible veins and red lesions of facial rosacea is laser therapy.
With laser therapy, your dermatologist targets the hemoglobin in your visible blood vessels and red lesions with laser energy. The heat from the laser evaporates damaged vessels, toning down the redness in your skin. You may need up to three treatments to clear your rosacea lesions and bumps.
Treating rosacea flare-ups early avoids complications such as rhinophyma and inflamed pustules. Intermittent laser therapy keeps your skin looking clear and healthy over the long term.
If you have rosacea and want to start controlling it now, contact the experts at Southside Dermatology. Call the office directly or use the online booking form.