Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects as much as 20% of the population. Most often it is mild presenting with episodic redness, flushing, pimples, or a combination of all three. Sadly it is incurable, meaning that we will do our best to improve your skin and your signs and symptoms.
Rosacea is largely a genetic condition but it is also influenced heavily by the environmental triggers and stress.
Procedure Time : 15 – 30 min
Recovery Time : Generally None
Sessions Required : 3 – 6 Sessions
How To Prevent And Treat Rosacea
Protect Yourself From The Sun And Other Triggers
One of the leading triggers of rosacea is exposure to the sun. As such it is important apply sunscreen throughout the year. We recommend you apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and to do so every 2 hours while outside. Furthermore, make sure you wear protective clothing such as a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses. Also ensure that you seek shade as much as possible, and avoid going outside during the midday sun.
Two other very common triggers are red wine and spicy foods. If these or any other food items flare your rosacea, it is important to minimize your exposure to them if possible. Alternatively ,some medications or treatments (like lasers) can help minimize your reactions and allow you to get back to enjoying certain foods, drinks and activities.
Medical Laser Treatments
Medical laser treatments in Guelph or Burlington, which are paid for out-of-pocket by patients, are another option for dealing with stubborn symptoms of rosacea. While these can be very effective, is is important to remember that they too are not a cure, and that it might take multiple treatments with the laser in order to see improvement. While in most cases you will see excellent improvement of the redness that lasts for years, regular maintenance therapy can reduce changes of a relapse.
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes inflammation in most patients. For this reason we may recommend a topical anti-inflammatory prescription medication that can be rubbed right onto the affected area, putting the medicine directly onto the problem.
Topical Anti-Redness Medications
Prescription medications like Onreltea can be applied to your face as needed. The results are temporary and last 8-12 hours. We generally don’t recommend using more than a few times per month as it may lead to a rebound in redness.
Non-prescription topical treatments like Phytogel and Redness Solution Complex can offer a milder reduction that can be applied daily without the worry of a rebound.
Avoid washing your face with soap and water as this can irritate your skin.
For those dealing with more severe rosacea, oral medications may need to be considered. These medications are typically taken daily until the flare is brought under control. While they are generally very safe, like all medications, there are potential side-effects that need to be monitored for and brought up to your team at deRMA Skin Institute. Common oral medications include doxycycline, minocycline, Accutane and tetracycline.
Many patients choose to use chemical peels in their treatment efforts for rosacea. Chemical peels are only applied to the skin every 2 to 4 weeks based on the severity of the rosacea. The most common type of chemical peel used in rosacea is a clinical strength salicylic acid peel. Similar to a topical form of aspirin, it is chiefly used to reduce the inflammation brought on by the rosacea. In addition it helps condition the skin and remove the dead layers of skin. To learn more about if a chemical peel is right for your skin type, contact our office at (519) 836-8558 or request a consultation online.
Full face Micro-BOTOX has an excellent result in many patients not responding to other treatments. It works by suppressing the neruo-vascular component of the rosacea process.
During your session of Micro-BOTOX, we will use a very fine needle to inject a neuromodulator such as BOTOX, Dysport, or Xeomin into various strategic locations of your face. In contrast to regular BOTOX treatments, this method involves placing BOTOX very superficially so that it does not affect the muscles involved in the movement of the face. This means the procedure will result in reduction of redness as well as superficial fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, and oil glands without you having to worry about looking unnatural or frozen.
Schedule A Consultation
Women and men interested in rosacea treatments in Guelph, Burlington, Kitchener, Cambridge, and surrounding areas in Southwestern Ontario choose deRMA Skin Institute for their treatments. Request a consultation using the online form or call us at (519) 836-8558 to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists.
Dusan Sajic, MD, PhD
Richard Backstein, MD
Sonja Sajic, CCPA
With more than 20 years of experience, deRMA Skin Institute strive to offer patients the most advanced treatments available to keep their skin healthy and looking its best. Board Certified Dermatologist, Dusan Sajic, MD, PhD, board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Richard Backstein, MD, FRCSC, and Sonja Sajic, CCPA are committed to providing state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients in Guelp, Burlington, Cambridge, Kitchener, Hamilton, Milton, and surrounding areas.