Rosacea Treatments

Rosacea is an extremely common experience. An estimated 14 million Americans, most in their 30’s and 40’s, are affected by this chronic skin condition. Rosacea usually begins as a simple tendency to flush or blush easily. Eventually, symptoms progress to become a persistent redness at the center of the face, typically centered on the nose.

When a person has rosacea, the small blood vessels in the face swell and become visible. Pimples appear across the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin, and the nose can swell significantly. Because of these symptoms, the condition is often incorrectly called “adult acne.”

While rosacea is not curable, its symptoms are very treatable. If you experience this condition, you should seek care as soon as possible. Early rosacea treatments are often the most effective for managing symptoms. If you are experiencing inflammatory symptoms, like rosacea-related acne, see a dermatologist for treatment. Rosacea treatment typically includes oral and topical antibiotics. Once the inflammation has subsided, you can further improve the skin’s appearance with one or more of the procedures listed below.



Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a popular chemical exfoliating treatment. There is a wide variety of treatment options, which means a chemical peel can be tailored to your specific need. Peels can be very effective in improving redness and other symptoms of rosacea.


Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is the powerful – and, often, most popular – method of rosacea treatment. The procedure substantially reduces redness and visible blood vessels to repair and refinish damaged skin. Patients require multiple treatments to achieve the desired results, but the impact is effective and long-lasting.


Medical Skin Care Products

People experiencing rosacea must be exceptionally careful about the skin care products they use. Unfortunately, most over-the-counter skincare products contain ingredients, like alcohol and acids, that will only worsen rosacea symptoms. At Zel, we offer a variety of professional skincare products, like cleaners, moisturizers, and sunscreens – that gently care for the skin without catalyzing a flare-up. You cannot find these products at a drugstore or department store, and most require a prescription.


Microdermabrasion and Vibradermabrasion

Microdermabrasion and other non-surgical treatments polish the skin’s surface, helping to repair and rejuvenate skin impacted by rosacea. They can also increase the effectiveness of chemical peels used to improve skin tone.


Phototherapy (Intense Pulsed Light Treatments)

The intense pulses of light created in phototherapy treatment penetrate the skin and stimulate blood vessels. The blood vessels then constrict, significantly reducing visible rosacea symptoms.

When to See a Dermatologist for Rosacea

All rosacea treatments must be recommended and provided by a licensed medical professional. To that end, all the above post-treatment skincare options should be administered by a dermatologist or aesthetician. Rosacea symptoms do not quickly disappear on their own, and there are few – if any – safe and effective over-the-counter alternatives to the skin treatments listed above. If you want to begin rosacea treatment, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. Zel Skin & Laser Specialists is a great option for those living in the greater Minneapolis area.

When it comes to skincare, you want to trust your provider. We have the experience and expertise necessary to make you feel comfortable. Contact us to schedule an appointment or virtual visit today.

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