If you have rosacea, you know how frustrating it can be to deal with persistent redness and flushing on your face. With rosacea treatment at our Medford, OR, dermatology practice, people from the Rogue Region can enjoy clearer and more even skin they’re happy to show off.

Our board-certified dermatologists provide several treatments to keep your rosacea in check and allow you to enjoy flare-up-free skin.

What Is Rosacea?

A chronic skin condition that usually shows up after the age of 30, rosacea manifests itself as redness across your cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. Even though more than 16 million Americans are affected by rosacea, doctors are unsure of what exactly causes this condition. What they do know is that while rosacea can affect anyone, it is more prevalent in women and those with fair skin.

What Are Common Rosacea Symptoms?

The most common rosacea symptoms are facial redness and bumps similar to acne. Many people with rosacea tend to have sensitive skin, and as this sensitivity and flushing worsen over time, small blood vessels develop in the nose and cheeks. Other possible complications from rosacea include facial swelling, eye issues, and persistent dry skin.

Rhinophyma

In some cases, prolonged pimples and bumps (papules) result in scarring of the cartilage structure of your nose, and the skin thickens, creating a “cauliflower” appearance known as rhinophyma. Rhinophyma can not only disfigure your nose and negatively affect your self-image but can also result in significant discomfort.

What Causes Rosacea?

While doctors don’t know for sure, rosacea is thought to be caused by genetics, an immune system response, a reaction to mites and bacteria naturally found in the body, or a combination of these.

Why Do I Suddenly Have Rosacea?

The redness associated with rosacea comes and goes, and people often describe stinging, tingling, or burning sensations, especially when aggravated or triggered due to several contributing factors that cause increased blood flow to your skin’s surface, including:

  • Skin products that cause irritation
  • Exercise
  • Caffeine and alcohol
  • Spicy food
  • Sun or wind exposure
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Certain medications that dilate blood vessels

You may find some relief by diligently wearing sunscreen and using gentle skincare products, which your dermatologist can recommend.

What Are the Best Treatments for Rosacea?

Many medications can greatly diminish papules and pimples in most cases, though the redness and blood vessels can be just as concerning and are less affected by medications. For a longer-lasting resolution of redness and flushing, laser or light treatments such as photodynamic therapy can often maximize the benefits of your treatment.

Does Insurance Cover Rosacea Treatment?

Rosacea is considered a medical diagnosis, so most major insurance carriers do cover treatment with medication. However, laser and light therapies may not be covered. We will discuss any expected costs and financing options with you as we design your personalized treatment plan.

Your Healthiest
Skin Starts Today

If you’re looking to clear up your rosacea and enjoy evenly pigmented skin, our board-certified dermatologists are ready to help. Please book online or call (541) 200-2777 to get started. People come to us for rosacea treatment from throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California.

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