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Rosacea

Rosacea Treatments in Charleston, SC | Réforme
Dermatology & Aesthetics

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin condition that manifests on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. It usually begins with redness and flushing but can lead to swelling, thickened skin, bumps, and even red, irritated eyes. The best way to treat rosacea is with a professional dermatologist’s knowledge and guidance.

What Are the Symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea typically begins to occur in patients as redness on the chin, nose, and forehead. Other symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Broken blood vessels
  • Persistent skin flushing on the face and neck
  • Facial swelling
  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Enlarged nose
  • Red, irritated eyes

What Are the Causes of Rosacea in Charleston, SC?

Patients with rosacea may find that some common skin care products, stressful situations, or even different foods cause their rosacea to flare up. Knowing what triggers your rosacea condition can help you control your symptoms. Common rosacea triggers include:

  • Hot weather/sun exposure
  • Physical or emotional stress
  • Hot showers, steam rooms, or baths
  • Alcohol
  • Cosmetic or skin care products that contain strong ingredients or fragrance

What Are the Different Types of Rosacea?

Erythematotelangiectatic

This type of rosacea presents as tiny broken blood vessels beneath your skin’s surface. You’ll also experience flushing and redness focused in the center of your face and rough, scaly, or dry skin. Your skin may also be highly sensitive, sting, burn, or appear swollen.

Papulopustular

This type of rosacea generally presents in middle-aged patients. It presents with oily skin with acne-like bumps that may be filled with pus and look like whiteheads. Your skin may also be hyper-sensitive, burn, and string. Broken blood vessels may also appear along with raised patches of skin.

Phymatous

It typically manifests from another subtype first before transforming. It generally presents as a bumpy texture that thickens most commonly around the nose, forehead, chin, and cheeks. Your skin will also appear oily with enlarged pores, and broken blood vessels will also develop on your skin.

Ocular

Ocular rosacea generally affects your eyes, causing them to appear watery and bloodshot. Your eyes may also feel gritty, sting, itch, burn, or regularly feel dry.

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Explore the fully customizable and transformative dermatological treatments with double board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Dr. Gabriella Vasile, who combines her extensive knowledge of skin health with her passion for finding innovative reparative and preventative treatments. Dr. Vasile’s collaborative, personalized approach to skin health and vitality meets the specific needs of her patients by utilizing state-of-the-art technology, science-based skincare products, and peer and patient-reviewed techniques and treatments. 

With a keen aesthetic eye and precision, Dr. Vasile creates balanced and natural results for a variety of aging and skin-related concerns while prioritizing patient comfort and safety. Schedule your consultation today and experience a self-esteem boost with beautiful, healthy, vibrant skin.

Rosacea Treatment Options in Charleston, SC

While there isn’t a cure for rosacea, Dr. Vasile offers treatment options to help manage your symptoms and ease your discomfort. She’ll work alongside you to design a treatment plan that addresses the specific type of rosacea you have, including topical medications, oral antibiotics, light therapy, or laser therapy.

Prescription skin medications prescribed by Dr. Vasile can help reduce redness, bumps, and inflammation caused by rosacea. During your consultation, Dr. Vasile will confirm what type of rosacea you have and will discuss properly caring for your skin and what topical treatment can be used to achieve optimal effects.

Topical medications include:

  • Azelaic Acid
  • Clindamycin
  • Erythromycin
  • Metronidazole
  • Sulfacetamide and sulfur lotions

Oral antibiotics are another option for easing swelling, reducing redness, and improving acne breakouts. Most people notice significant skin tone and texture improvements after taking oral medication for a month.

Oral medications include:

  • Doxycycline
  • Minocycline

Light therapies, such as Intense Pulse Light therapy or BroadBand Light therapy, may also be a treatment option for some patients. IPL uses fragmented light to destroy unwanted pigmentation without damaging surrounding tissues. Over time, the body will absorb these broken melanin particles leaving little to no trace of them behind.

BBL is quickly becoming a popular rosacea treatment due to its unique and effective approach. The BBL system delivers targeted light energy to deeper layers of skin, encouraging cell turnover and the generation of healthy, new skin cells while also shrinking enlarged blood vessels.

Documenting and understanding what causes your rosacea symptoms is another important aspect of your rosacea treatment. You can monitor your symptoms by keeping a journal of the foods you eat that have triggered or made your symptoms worse and allow you to avoid them in the future.

Wearing sunscreen daily and avoiding harsh products that may irritate your skin can also prevent flare-ups. Finding the perfect skincare routine for your rosacea can be challenging. Dr. Vasile has built an impressive reputation on social media and through educational blog posts on how to pick products for your skin type. By combining the principles of your skin care products and daily activities and habits, Dr. Vasile can create a rosacea skincare regime that is designed specifically for you.

Ready To Schedule an Appointment for Your Rosacea?

Are you tired of fighting the redness and rough skin texture caused by rosacea? Dr. Gabriella Vasile offers a variety of state-of-the-art dermatology treatments and technologies to help you combat rosacea symptoms and achieve healthy, revitalized skin. To get started, we invite you to contact us by calling (843) 974-1230 or scheduling a consultation online today. Dr. Vasile looks forward to meeting you soon!