Plano, TX area dermatologists describe treatment options for rosacea
Rosacea is a skin condition that is often confused with acne. It is chronic, common, and patients can experience flare-ups due to certain triggers. However, when patients have a quality team of dermatologists in Plano, TX on their side, they can easily control and manage their condition.
Rosacea is commonly seen as flushing of the face. It typically occurs around the cheeks and nose, and appears as small red pimples or blotches. Patients may just think they have rosy cheeks, but certain triggers such as spicy foods, stress, heat, and alcohol may cause a flare-up. More severe cases of rosacea can be extremely bothersome and make patients feel self-conscious about their condition. It is not contagious though it is known to affect at least 16 million Americans (45 million around the world) making it one of the most common benign skin conditions. It cannot be cured but it can be managed with medical treatment.
Drs. Daniel Achtman and Carmine McConnell of DSA Dermatology in Plano, TX can provide effective diagnosis and treatment for rosacea patients. There are many different solutions, and some patients may need to try a few before finding what works best for them. Each patient’s situation is unique and requires a customized treatment plan. In addition to avoiding or reducing triggers that are known for causing flare-ups, patients may also use any of the following:
Patients with rosacea may be able to combat the condition with the application of topical medications once or twice a day. Medications such as metronidazole, azelaic acid, sodium sulfacetamide, erythromycin, and clindamycin are all potential forms of treatment for rosacea.
Sometimes it can be easier to control a condition from the inside out, which is why some patients with chronic rosacea may be prescribed oral antibiotics for regular use or as needed when flare-ups occur. The common medications used include tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, and amoxicillin. These medications appear to work because of their anti-inflammatories rather than antibiotic properties.
Some patients may benefit from laser such as intense pulsed light, as well as photodynamic therapy (PDT). These treatments may address the continual redness patients experience as well as reduce the appearance of the blood vessels that commonly occur in more severe cases of rosacea. Some of these treatments also provide other benefits such as improved texture and tone of the skin and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles for anti-aging advantages.