Red and Bumpy: What’s New in the Treatment of Rosacea Acne?
Dealing with acne rosacea can be very frustrating. However, several treatment alternatives exist to help those afflicted with the redness, burning skin, change in skin texture and pimples that characterizes acne rosacea. But first, we need to understand what acne rosacea is:
What is Acne Rosacea?
Acne Rosacea is a very different skin condition than Acne Vulgaris, which is more typical in teens. In fact, acne rosacea is not a bacterial skin condition but rather a chronic inflammatory skin condition. It’s important to note that rosacea cannot be cured, but it can be controlled.
It typically affects women 2 to 3 times more frequently than men, and it usually appears in adult life, between the ages of 30 and 50. It also has a genetic component to it, which means it’s commonly passed down from parents to children.
Stress, hormonal changes, spicy food, sun exposure, caffeinated drinks, chocolate, hot beverages, alcohol, exposure to cold, wind, and exercise… all these can contribute to flare ups.
Even if you avoid all these possible causes, though, acne rosacea can still be active. So is there a treatment for rosacea type of acne? If so, how can you manage it?
Daily sunscreen use is very important for individuals with acne rosacea to avoid the damaging effects of the sun and wind on their very sensitive skin, not to mention the broken facial capillaries that we often see in patients.
Other treatments include:
- Metronidazole prescription creams/gel (Noritate, Metrogel, Rosasol);
- Finacea cream/gel prescription (Azelaic Acid);
- Apprilon, an anti-inflammatory oral antibiotic (doxycycline) specifically designed for the treatment of rosacea acne; and
- Onreltea 0.33% gel, also a topical treatment, was finally approved in Canada in the summer 2014. It is a vaso-constrictive gel that reduces the appearance of any redness significantly for about 12 hours on the day it is applied, and can be used as needed.
Laser Medicine Treatment
Intense Pulse Light (also known as a Fotofacial) is used to treat the confluent redness and flushing that some patients experience. Laser Genesis, meanwhile, is not only helpful in reducing the redness and pore issues, but it also helps reduce the appearance of pimples and red bumps associated with rosacea.
Finally, a vascular laser such the Excel V can be used to get rid of some larger broken capillaries on the cheeks, around the nose and on the chin.
If you’re looking for relief from acne rosacea, don’t despair! Contact a medical aesthetics professional today to discuss your treatment options and get the relief you need!