Rosacea is a skin condition in which redness and small, pus-filled bumps develop on the face.

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What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition in which redness and small, pus-filled bumps develop on the face. It is a genetic inflammatory disorder with no known cause and is more common in people with fair skin and light eyes. A hypersensitivity to the sun and other factors cause the blood vessels near the surface of the skin to expand and the rush of circulation to the area make the complexion appear red. When the body notices an injury (in this case, the rush of circulation & dilation of blood vessels) it sends more inflammatory cells to the area in an attempt to fix the problem, which, in turn, exacerbate it.

The symptoms

The most common symptoms of rosacea can include:

  •      Facial redness, including small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks
  •      Pus-filled bumps on the face
  •      Irritated, swollen and dry eyes
  •      Reddened eyelids
  •      An enlarged nose

There is no cure for rosacea, but treatments can help to control and reduce these signs and symptoms.

The causes and factors

The cause of rosacea is not known, but a combination of environmental and hereditary factors may be a source. Poor hygiene is not a cause. Symptoms may be triggered or aggravated by extreme shifts in temperature, spicy foods and hot drinks, alcohol, sunlight, exercise, cosmetics, drugs that dilate the blood vessels and emotions. Women, people with fair skin, people who are over the age of 30 and people with a people with a family history of rosacea are more likely to develop this condition.

Schedule a consultation in central Oregon

At Refine Medical in Bend, Oregon, we provide treatments to men and women with rosacea. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and LED light therapy are both gentle, effective treatments for vascular lesions.* To find out if either treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pamela Mondorf. You can request a consultation online or you can call us at (541) 330-6292.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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