Rosacea is a skin disease that causes flare-ups of reddened, bumpy facial skin. Over time, the 16 million Americans who suffer from the chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder may also display ruddier and more persistently red skin as well as visible blood vessels. Fortunately, there are effective treatments, including topical gels, lotions, and creams containing either metronidazole or azeleic acid. Their continued use helps keep rosacea under control without producing side effects. At the same time, very low doses of antibiotics such as doxycycline (beginning with oral medications and transitioning to topicals) help control inflammation. If blood vessels become dilated, treatment with pulsed dye laser, pulsed green-light laser, and intense pulsed light may help eradicate them.

There are several types of rosacea and their symptoms vary in both severity and extent. Due to the raised, red bumps that may contain pus, rosacea is sometimes dubbed “adult acne.” If you are concerned about any skin rash, you may call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointment. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7. Because everyone’s skin is different, a board-certified dermatologist will examine you and create a personal treatment regimen to give you a healthier more youthful appearance. New patients are always welcome. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. To avoid rosacea flare-ups, avoid spicy foods and thermally hot drinks (such as coffee).