Beyond First Blush Understanding and Treating Rosacea

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Understanding and Treating Rosacea

By Nurse Practioner, Heather Onoday
Heather Onoday, FNP

Do you have rosacea? Rosacea is a chronic and progressive disorder that causes inflammation of the skin on the face. There is no known specific cause, however, there are many ways to treat rosacea. Often, individuals can recognize certain triggers that increase flushing and redness of their nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. Some common triggers are caffiene, spicy foods, excess heat, alcohol, or stress. Avoiding some of these triggers can sometimes lead to some mild improvement of flushing. There are also some medications that can be taken orally or used topically to improve rosacea. Medications work well for those who have red bumps or acne associated with rosacea.

When your main concern is background flushing and visible vessels, the best treatment is often laser. A pulse dye laser can help selectively target the hemoglobin that is within the blood cells in vessels. By targeting this component, we are able to diminish the vessels and the background flushing that is associated with rosacea. Typically individuals can get significant reduction in the redness that they see on their skin and the flushing and heat that they commonly feel with only one or two laser treatments.

If you're tired of looking embarrassed even when you are not, or frustrated with that feeling of warmth and burning on your cheeks and nose, it may be worth considering whether or not laser treatments are right for you.

Laser treatments for rosacea do not require any anesthesia and most commonly take only five to 10 minutes. During your consultation your specific needs, skin type, and the appropriate and safe laser energy needed to ensure that you obtain the best improvement with the fewest number of treatments will be considered and discussed. Trust your care to true experts. With over 10 years of laser experience, Dr. Anna Bar and Heather Onoday, FNP ensure you receive the safest treatment possible and help you to see the improvement you have been seeking.

If you would like to learn more about our various rosacea treatments, schedule a consultation with me to learn more (503-494-6483).

Learn more about rosacea at the American Academy of Dermatology website.

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