Your skin is your largest organ, and its primary role is to protect and shield your body. So what do you do when your first line of defense has its own issues, which is certainly the case with rosacea?
That’s where the experienced and highly qualified team at Z-Roc Dermatology, led by Drs. Khongruk Wongkittiroch and Matthew Zarraga, comes in. We understand the discomfort and cosmetic problems that rosacea poses and we’re here to help.
Here’s a look at what rosaceas is and how we can go about restoring your clear skin.
If you’re reading this, you likely have some understanding of the issues that rosacea presents. This chronic skin disease leads to a range of symptoms, including:
- Red, acne-like bumps
- Dilated blood vessels
- Rough, scaly patches of skin
- Thickening skin
Unfortunately, these symptoms appear in highly visible areas on your face, namely around your nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin.
There are several types of rosacea, including:
- Subtype 1 — facial redness, blushing, and visible blood vessels
- Subtype 2 — acne-like breakouts
- Subtype 3 — thickening of the skin
- Subtype 4 — ocular rosacea (it affects your eyes)
When you first come in, we evaluate the type and extent of your rosacea, which dictates our treatment plan moving forward.
While there may be no cure for rosacea, there’s much we can do to reduce its impact on your skin. Depending on the subtype you’ve developed, we offer several solutions, including:
If you experience mild-to-moderate flare-ups of rosacea, topical ointments can go a long way toward reducing the symptoms. These ointments include topical antibiotics, retinoids, vasoconstrictors, and azelaic acid.
If your rosacea is moderate-to-severe, oral antibiotics can help with the pus-filled bumps that form on your skin. As well, certain oral medications for acne can be useful, such as isotretinoin.
Another approach we use to reduce rosacea symptoms includes our advanced laser technologies. We’re equipped with the Cutera® XLV and the Palomar Icon® IPL systems, both of which deliver light energy into your skin to destroy vascular lesions and reduce redness.
While our treatments are highly effective in helping you manage rosacea flare-ups and clearing away some of the damage, there are many things you can do on your own to minimize the impact of this skin disease. When you come in, we review your potential triggers and risk factors and devise a personalized plan that will help your skin stay in the clear.
For relief from your rosacea, your first step is to contact our office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to set up a consultation.