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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea (Acne Rosacea) is a chronic and complex form of Acne and redness with likely hereditary components.

Most prevalent in Anglo Saxon person, it is often likened to the Irishman who has a red nose and always look intoxicated but is not.

Therefore, alcohol was long thought to be the cause of rosacea but it is only one of the triggers that exacerbate the condition.

The most famous people with this condition were JP Morgan and Jimmy Durante.

They both had the most severe form called Rhynophyma which appears a bulbous red nose, mostly in males.

Rosacea is not Acne per se as it may present only as sensitive red skin with broken capillaries.

What are the symptoms?

Rosacea is extremely common and usually presents with at least one of the following:

  1. Red face that blushes easily
  2. Broken spider-like blood vessels called telangiectasia
  3. Acne-like skin lesions
  4. Sensitive skin that is easily irritated by products and sun

What are the triggers for Rosacea?

  1. Sun exposure
  2. Spicy foods, alcohol, hot liquids and heat exposure
  3. Exercise
  4. Stress
  5. Hormones

What treatments are available for Rosacea?

Rosacea management at Dr. Anita can include topical and oral medications as well as laser treatments.

Dr. Anita suggests the following treatments for this condition:

To learn more about Rosacea or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anita Dormer, MD, please use the form below!


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