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Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by red patches and visbile enlarged blood vessels on the face, particularly on the nose and cheeks. Dr. Ostad is a leading dermatologist who understands that rosacea can affect more than the skin — it can have a negative impact on a person’s confidence and quality of life. At his New York practice, Dr. Ostad offers innovative therapies and customized rosacea treatment plans to reduce the signs of rosacea and prevent future flares.

Causes and Triggers

The precise cause of rosacea is not known. It can affect anyone, at any age, but is most common in women. Fair-skinned people are much more susceptible to rosacea than those with darker skin. 

There are many, many causes of rosacea flares, but the most common triggers include:

  • Spicy or hot food
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Stress
  • Physical exertion
  • Alcohol
  • Hot showers
  • Skin dryness
  • Hot beverages
  • Acne rosacea can cause "breakouts" to occur

Signs of Rosacea

Experts estimate that rosacea affects approximately 16 million individuals in the United States alone. However, many of those people do not know it. Many people self-diagnose rosacea as acne, a reaction to something, or simply a naturally red complexion. If you struggle with the embarrassment and frustration of problematic skin, check the symptoms listed below—if they sound familiar, you may have rosacea.

There are several subtypes of rosacea, and the symptoms can vary. The most common signs include:

  • Redness in the cheeks, chin, nose, or forehead areas
  • Burning or a hot sensation in the affected area
  • Red solid or pus-filled bumps (acne-like)
  • Thickening of the skin, particularly around the nose
  • Broken capillaries (small blood vessels) in the face
  • Ocular rosacea also affects the eyes, making them appear bloodshot

Treatment options

Dr. Ostad uses several options to treat facial redness, visible vessels, broken capillaries, and other symptoms of rosacea. These include:

  • Topical products: Topical products help to reduce inflammation and redness.
  • The Cutera Excel V laser: Laser therapy can help prevent mild rosacea from progressing. The process works by closing off blood vessels that increase redness and flushing.
  • The Cutera Genesis laser: The Cutera Genesis laser helps to shrink oil glands and kill bacteria.
  • Oral antibiotics: Antibiotics can also help reduce inflammation and can decrease or eradicate bumps.

In addition to in-office rosacea treatments, we help patients learn to identify triggers and optimize their habits to avoid flares.

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