I’m Blushing. Again.

Does it take just the slightest breeze or smallest glass of pinot to get you bright red? Are you the proud owner of a permanent rosy glow which everyone else finds “cute” but is increasingly difficult to cover with make-up? Finding bumps or pimples on your cheeks, nose and chin?

Rosacea may be the culprit. It’s a common skin disease, often hereditary (but not always) and more common is fair complexions. Sometimes the blemishes that can be associated with this are mistaken as acne. Managing the problem first requires you to know what your triggers are. Red wine? Hot liquids? Stress? Exercise? Clearly you can’t avoid all of those things, but knowing what makes it worse is half the battle. Treatment for this problem starts with topical prescription creams and, for more advanced cases, oral antibiotics.

That permanent rosy cheek may stick around, even with successful treatment with prescriptions. For that you have two options. First is to cover it up: green based makeups or more full-coverage makeup such as Dermablend can completely camouflage the problem. This obviously isn’t the best for those “no make-up weekends” OR if make-up isn’t an option. (Right guys?). The second option is laser treatment. These have really come to save the day for a lot of rosacea sufferers. I think it’s my favorite thing to treat with a laser, because the the treatments have minimal discomfort, and the patients are SO happy with the results. There are several light sources which target the vessels that cause the background pinkness, including IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and PDL (pulsed dye laser). My favorite is a PDL device, because it handles both the bigger broken blood vessels along with the background rosiness. A series of 3-5 treatments can provide incredible improvement.

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