What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a benign skin disease identified by reddened skin – especially on the face, neck and chest. There are four types of rosacea, each of which causes different types of symptoms. In addition to redness, the various types of rosacea may also cause flushing, visible blood vessels, swelling, acne-like breakouts, bumpy skin, thickened skin, or red and swollen eyes. This redness may come and go, or it may be permanent among people who have suffered from the condition for a long time. Some people also experience stinging and burning sensations, as well as overly dry or oily skin. Your pores may also appear enlarged.

When is the Right Time to Talk to Dr. Lamoureux About My Rosacea?

For some patients, symptoms of rosacea may develop gradually over time and may only get worse when exposed to certain triggers. If flares start to become more frequent, redness is getting worse or more persistent, your eyes are starting to feel irritated or acne breakouts are getting more noticeable and regular, it certainly is time to seek an evaluation by our board-certified dermatologist at Skin Dermatology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.


How Do You Treat Rosacea?

At Skin Dermatology, Dr. Lamoureux knows the signs and symptoms of rosacea vary substantially from one patient to another, and treatment must therefore be tailored by a physician for each individual case. Some patients are troubled by redness and flushing, while others have bumps and pimples, thickening of the skin, or eye rosacea or combinations. For patients with bumps and pimples, doctors often prescribe oral and topical rosacea therapy.

Did you know that a topical therapy to reduce facial redness is now available a well? Although not typically covered by insurance, when appropriate, laser treatments are highly effective in removing visible blood vessels and extensively reducing the redness. At Skin Dermatology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts we operate lasers that can be used to help control your redness.

Dr. Alissa Lamoureux provides her rosacea patients a treatment plan which includes ways to identify and avoid lifestyle and environmental factors that may aggravate their individual conditions, as well as a skin care plan centered on ways to reduce the effect of rosacea on appearance.

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