Rosacea

Associated Skin Care Specialists

Board-Certified Dermatologists located in Eden Prairie, Fridley, Maple Grove, & Coon Rapids, MN

Rosacea affects 415 million people worldwide, according to a recent study. If you suffer from rosacea symptoms like red skin, prominent blood vessels, and acne-like bumps, you’re not alone. And you don’t have to live with rosacea symptoms anymore. The dermatology team at Associated Skin Care Specialists offers the latest state-of-the-art rosacea solutions, including the Cutera® excel® V laser system. There are five convenient locations around the Twin Cities in Fridley, Maple Grove, Coon Rapids, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota, so schedule your visit for rosacea help online or by phone today.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition with four subtypes.

Subtype 1

Subtype 1 causes red skin in the cheeks, prominent facial blood vessels, and rough, dry skin. You may also grow flushed or blush easily.

Subtype 2

This rosacea causes acne-like bumps along with red skin on your cheeks and nose. Subtype 2 rosacea often also includes oily skin, scales on your face, and prominent facial blood vessels.

Subtype 3

Subtype 3 rosacea isn't common, and it usually develops after another subtype of rosacea isn't treated. Symptoms include significantly thickened skin around the nose (bulbous nose), increased pore size, oily skin, prominent facial blood vessels, and sometimes skin thickening on other parts of your face.

Subtype 4

Subtype 4 rosacea is also called ocular rosacea. It causes red or significantly bloodshot eyes,  burning, itching, stinging, and other uncomfortable eye symptoms. You can also develop light sensitivity or blurry vision. Some sufferers develop eyelid cysts.

You can have more than one subtype of rosacea at once. In fact, you're much more likely to develop additional symptoms if you don't get treatment when your rosacea symptoms begin.

What causes rosacea?

The cause of rosacea isn't certain. It can run in families, and environmental factors may play a role. Although you may not know exactly what caused your rosacea, the reason for flare-ups (when your symptoms grow worse) are easier to determine.

Flare-ups happen when something causes extra blood to rush to your face. Common flare-up triggers are:

  • Hot beverages
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Sun exposure
  • Extreme emotions
  • Heavy exercise

Some medications can trigger flare-ups, especially vasodilators that expand blood vessels.  Beta blockers and niacin can trigger flare-ups because they can increase blood flow to your face.

How is rosacea treated?

Associated Skin Care Specialists offers a wide range of rosacea solutions, customized for you. Treatment includes topical medication, oral medication, laser treatment, or a combination of these solutions.

The Cutera® excel® V laser system includes two laser wavelengths (532 nm and 1064 nm) for high precision. This laser deals with one of the most common rosacea complaints, dilated blood vessels. The laser heat prompts the blood vessels to close off, which isolates them from a blood supply. You'll absorb the blood vessel material and eliminate it naturally.

Book your appointment for rosacea help at Associated Skin Care Specialists online or by phone now.

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