Jan 20 2020
Posted by : fairview2020User in Rosacea
Before and after photo of a woman after getting rosacea treatments in Toronto

The Best Treatments for Rosacea

Do you have glaring patches of redness around your face, neck, ears, or chest that do not go away? Do you experience swelling or feel a tingling or burning sensation around these areas when you blush or flush? Is the skin around your eyes sensitive and often irritated? If you answered yes to these questions, there’s a huge chance that you have rosacea.

Let’s talk about rosacea, the types of rosacea, what commonly triggers it, and the best rosacea treatments Toronto that can help you address your condition. Keep on reading to learn more!

Rosacea: types, symptoms, and triggers

Rosacea is a common skin condition that can affect anyone but is most prevalent in fair-skinned, middle-aged women. According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, there are four basic forms of rosacea that describe its different manifestations.

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea – It is characterized by intense redness and prominence of blood vessels in the skin. Sometimes, the flushed areas will also swell and feel painful. It may flare up badly for a few weeks and then go away until it’s triggered again.
  • Papulopustular rosacea – This type of rosacea is frequently mistaken as a bad case of skin acne because it appears as angry red pimple-like bumps that are sometimes filled with pus around the face.
  • Phymatous rosacea – In some cases, rosacea affects the oil glands and connective tissue, which leads to thickening of the skin. Individuals with phymatous rosacea experience deformity of the nose (rhinophyma), where it becomes abnormally large and bulbous.
  • Ocular rosacea – On top of the severe skin symptoms, rosacea can also attack the eyes and the eyelids. It causes redness, stinging, dryness on the skin of the eye area. It also affects eyesight, causing eye irritation, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and bloodshot eyes.

While the exact cause of rosacea is still unknown, there are several things that have been identified as potential triggers of flare-ups. These can vary per person. The most common rosacea triggers include:

  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Heat
  • Humidity
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Spicy foods and beverages
  • Citrus food and drinks
  • Certain cosmetics and personal care products with hydroalcoholic or acetone ingredients
  • Vasodilator drugs and topical steroids
  • Exercise

For detailed information on rosacea triggers, we have found this exhaustive list from the American Academy of Dermatologists. Being well informed with your rosacea triggers paves the way to effective rosacea treatment in Toronto.

How to treat rosacea?

Knowing the type of rosacea you have and your personal triggers are crucial in finding the right rosacea treatment for you.

Unlike typical skin conditions, rosacea does not resolve on its own and without proper rosacea treatment, symptoms can get worse and can lead to complications. Contrary to common misconception, rosacea is not a form of skin acne, which means trying to self-medicate at home with over-the-counter skincare products and acne treatments may do you more harm than good.

If you have the symptoms of rosacea, we highly encourage you to seek expert medical help as soon as possible. An expert dermatologist or cosmetic doctor like Dr. Padma Jain can prescribe excellent rosacea treatments in Toronto that can effectively manage your rosacea, minimize its visual symptoms, provide relief from discomfort, and therefore, improve the quality of your health physically and emotionally as well.

There is no one-size-fits-all rosacea treatment. It is usually a combination of different approaches with the objective of addressing a variety of symptoms. These include:

Topical rosacea treatments to subside the redness – Brimonidine (Mirvaso) and oxymetazoline (Rhofade)
Topical treatments for pimples in mild rosacea – Azelaic acid (Azelex, Finacea), metronidazole (Metrogel and Noritate) and ivermectin (Soolantra)
Oral or systemic antibiotics – Minocycline, doxycycline, erythromycin, clarithromycin and clindamycin

Consciously avoiding direct sun exposure is also a staple in rosacea skincare treatment. Because intense heat and light are directly linked to rosacea flareups, your doctor will recommend regular application of broad-spectrum sunscreens with a high sun protection factor (SPF), preferably 30 or higher. As much as possible, stay indoors and avoid the midday sun. Wearing long clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses are also a good measure, especially for those with ocular rosacea.

Cosmetic therapies for rosacea treatments Toronto

There are now many cosmetic advancements that can be tapped as an efficient rosacea treatment. Here are some remarkable rosacea treatments in Toronto that we offer here at Fairview Laser Clinic.

  • Chemical peels – Mild to moderate rosacea can benefit from chemical peels that are specifically intended for sensitive skin. The exfoliation can help reduce the redness and improve the texture and appearance of the skin. Mandelic Acid Peel, for instance, has been found to have gentle exfoliating and calming properties that can soothe rosacea.

    If you are seeking to address hyperpigmentation and want to use chemical peels as a rosacea treatment approach, we strictly advise that you consult a dermatologist or cosmetic physician first and do not try doing a chemical peel at home. Despite the evidence that chemical peels can help rosacea, some skin can be extremely dry to tolerate chemical peels.

  • Laser or intense pulsed light therapy – These rosacea treatments help clear up the redness by destroying small blood vessels with heat, also known as cauterizing. The results can last for years. A series of treatments may be required for noticeable changes. Several experts praise Perfecta Laser by Candela for its wonderful results with rosacea treatment Toronto. CO2 Laser, on the other hand, is the most common treatment for rhinophyma rosacea, which shaves the excess skin and enhances the appearance of the thickened or deformed nose.

    A little caveat: Laser technology comes with a particular risk for rosacea, which includes scarring. When using this rosacea treatment, we highly recommend working only with licensed and qualified practitioners to ensure your safety and for guaranteed results.

Fairview Laser Clinic is owned and led by Dr. Padma Jain, a board-certified cosmetic physician. Dr. Jain has got years of professional experience providing effective and longlasting treatments for different skin conditions, including rosacea. Come to our clinic for a consultation. Let Dr. Jain help you and develop a personalized rosacea treatment plan for you.

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