Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that most often affects the face. Rosacea worsens with time if left untreated. It is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or a skin allergy. Many signs and symptoms are associated with Rosacea and it may include flushing, facial skin hyper-reactivity, persistent redness, pimples or pustules and inflamed blood vessels and facial swelling.
There is no clinical test for Rosacea. Your doctor reaches a diagnosis after examining your skin and asking about symptoms and triggers. The presence of enlarged blood vessels will help the physician distinguish it from other skin disorders. Early diagnosis and subsequent prompt treatment significantly reduces the risk of Rosacea’s progression.
For patients with visible blood vessels the treatment of choice is pulsed-dye laser. Chronic inflammation is greatly improved with Photofacial treatments.