Treatments for Rosacea

It is tough to face the world when your face is less than presentable. Such is the case for those with rosacea. Treatment options are available, however. Our Orlando dermatology practice specializes in helping patients achieve smooth, healthy and beautiful skin.


Rosacea is a common skin disease with four subtypes based on characteristics. Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea involves visible blood vessels with redness and flushing of the skin, whereas papulopustular rosacea also has acne-like breakouts. Phymatous rosacea is a type marked by thickened skin with a bumpy texture, especially on the nose. Ocular rosacea involves swollen eyelids with irritated red eyes.

Signs and Symptoms

Rosacea can begin at any time during life, but typically appears between ages 30 and 50, particularly in patients with a history of acne and/or family history of rosacea or acne. It is more common in women, but tends to be more severe in men. Symptoms often begin with facial flushing, which may involve the ears and upper chest, sensitive or swollen skin with visible broken blood vessels, and sometimes with acne outbreaks on the cheeks. It is possible to have a combination of several different types of rosacea, although phymatous rosacea is more rare and often progresses from the other types. Ocular rosacea often resembles a sty or cyst on the eyelid with bloodshot eyes and symptoms such as blurry vision and itchy, dry, stinging or gritty-feeling eyes.

Rosacea Diagnosis and Treatment

The diagnosis of rosacea is based upon clinical exam and history of symptoms. There are certain triggers for rosacea that can cause flare-ups. Following a skin care program prescribed by our specialists and learning individual triggers can help to reduce these flares. Common triggers stress, alcohol, spicy foods and certain skin lotions and medications. Sunny, windy, cold and hot weather can be a trigger, too.

Treatment for rosacea depends on the sub-type and includes topical medication, antibiotics and the use of moisturizers. Skincare procedures for rosacea also include light therapy / Pulsed light laser treatments which are available in a selection of our Central Florida locations. Pulsed light laser treatments is not covered by medical insurance, however we have many different payment options.

In addition, sun protection is highly recommended as sun exposure and heat exacerbate skin redness. We recommend using the STEPPIE MD® Antioxidant Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+, which provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays with no chemical sun filters. It contains the FDA approved physical blocker, Zinc Oxide to reflect light away from the skin. Apply 30 minutes before exposure and reapply often when exposed to the sun.

Follow up and Outcomes

There is no cure for rosacea but it can be controlled with treatments and regular follow-ups. Following a treatment program prescribed by our dermatology practice and minimizing exposure to common triggers can help reduce these flares.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided by this site is intended solely for educational purposes. This information is not to be used for medical diagnostic purposes and is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical/surgical condition. Most of all, this information should not be used in place of a physician or other qualified health provider. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your physician immediately.

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