Those tiny pimples and red bumps on your face might not be caused by acne. It can actually be an indication of a condition known as Rosacea.
Rosacea, or adult acne, is a chronic skin condition that is completely manageable with the right diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. Vivian Bucay and her staff specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of rosacea. We are here to help you better understand the condition and how you can manage it.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is very similar to acne. It appears as tiny red bumps, lines, or pimples that appear mostly on the central area of the face. It can also appear as dilated blood vessels.
Most of the time people are unaware that they are suffering from rosacea because it looks very similar to acne, rosy cheeks, sunburns, and blushing.
Rosacea is a chronic condition that has no known cure. People with rosacea may experience temporary flare ups, where their skin appears red and blotchy, and then it seems to go away. Unfortunately, rosacea will return when it flares up again.
How is Rosacea Diagnosed?
Even though rosacea may appear similar to acne, flushed skin, or blushing, it can be easily diagnosed. Our staff, at Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, specializes in diagnosing rosacea. Typically, we can diagnosis this condition with just a visual examination of the skin.
Sometimes, further testing may be needed to help rule out other skin conditions and properly diagnosis rosacea. Occasionally, we may need to run a biopsy or perform a skin scraping in order to make a definite diagnosis of rosacea.
What Treatment Options are Available for Rosacea?
There are dozens of different treatment options available for our patients who suffer from rosacea. Treatment options range from topical creams and medicated wipes to laser or photodynamic therapy.
The type of treatment that we recommend will vary depending upon how severe the rosacea is and the comfort level of the patient. Mild cases of rosacea may only need topical ointments or creams, while severe cases may require several laser or photodynamic therapy sessions.
We, at Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, can help provide you with personalized treatment recommendations that will help you with your rosacea.