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About Rosacea & Facial Veins

rednessRosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the face, though it can sometimes appear on the neck, chest, scalp, or ears. It causes redness and small, red, pus-filled bumps, which can sometimes be mistaken for acne. Over time, visible blood vessels may occur on the skin as well.

Although rosacea often affects people with fair skin who flush or blush easily, it can affect anyone.

But as we tell our patients, the right rosacea treatments and medical therapy can help control and manage this condition. Without treatment, the condition can get worse. Because the signs and symptoms of rosacea can vary from one patient to another, we customize treatments based on each individual patient.

These rosacea treatments can include a mix of topical treatments (including antibiotics and anti-inflammatory gels) and oral medications (including antibiotics), only if absolutely necessary. We try to avoid oral prescriptions and our patients appreciate our approach which is unique to our practice. Oral medications can help to reduce inflammation and clear up breakouts.

Our patients have achieved impressive results with our state-of-the-art lasers and/or intense pulsed light therapy; these treatments help to remove the visible blood vessels from the face—clearing up redness and dramatically improving the overall look of skin.

“I have researched the causes of rosacea and learned that it is predominantly caused by abnormal oil made by the skin. My treatments target the problem and that’s the key to ensuring my patients have clear skin.”
— Dr. Dennis Gross

 

Before & After

FAQs

How long before I see results?

Modern treatments usually give quick improvement and the key is consistency with treatment. You will see dramatic results; it just takes time—and a combination of treatments and therapies.

I’ve heard that spicy foods can aggravate rosacea. Is this true?

Yes, spicy foods can aggravate rosacea or make it worse. Other foods that can cause flare-ups (when skin redness and the acne-like bumps get worse) include alcohol, especially red wine and hot beverages/foods, especially if they contain caffeine. Also keep in mind that wind/cold exposure, extreme exercise, and stress can all aggravate the symptoms of rosacea, too.

Do I need to use special skin-care products if I have rosacea?

Since rosacea can cause extreme hypersensitivity and dryness in the skin, we advise using a very gentle skin-care routine (that doesn’t include harsh ingredients like alcohol, which is found in many toners). We advise patients to clean their skin with a mild, non-abrasive cleanser (avoid scrubs), then rinse with lukewarm water and blot the face dry with a towel. Don’t rub your face with a washcloth, facial brush, or towel, which can just aggravate skin.

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Contact us for more information about setting up a consultation about how to treat your rosacea:
212-725-4555

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