Helen Torok

Rosacea Explained

Rosacea is an inflammation of the middle of the face that causes symptoms similar to acne. There are pimples, pustules and cysts, but there are no blackheads or whiteheads. “This is what differentiates rosacea from acne”, according to Cleveland area dermatologist Dr. Helen Torok.

While there are many prescription rosacea medications used to control rosacea, there is no known cure.

Prescription medications used by Dr. Torok and her colleagues at Trillium Creek Ohio Dermatology include topical and oral formulations. Oral antibiotics include Oracea, Doryx and Solodyn. A common topical treatment for acne rosacea is Metrogel, but sulfur based products may also be prescribed used. The medical professional at Trillium Creek also offer a new treatment to eliminate the appearance of facial veins (telangiectasias). This new treatment is called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).

Dr. Torok also advises that it is important to pay attention to makeup and skin care products that are used by those with rosacea. People with rosacea have very sensitive skin so toners, alcohol based products and scrubs are not recommended.  Ingredients like green tea, copper and benzoyl peroxide can be used safely instead.

When red pimples and bumps begin to erupt on the nose and the middle of the cheeks in your 20s, you most probably have rosacea not acne.

Rosacea Overview

Rosacea is an inflammation of the middle of the face that causes symptoms similar to acne. There are pimples, pustules and cysts, but there are no blackheads or whiteheads. This is what differentiates rosacea from acne.

Flushing is a very common characteristic of rosacea sufferers. Certain foods, heat, alcohol and exercise can aggravate and bring on rosacea.

Rosacea
Rosacea

Rosacea is an inflammation that affects the middle of the face with symptoms similar to acne.

Rosacea Treatment

While there are many prescription treatments used to control rosacea, there is no known cure.

Prescription antibiotics used to control the inflammation include Oracea, Doryx and Solodyn.

A common topical treatment for acne rosacea is Metrogel, but sulfur based products, like the Trillium Creek Sulfur Treatment Masque are also commonly used. The flushing and blushing of rosacea causes breakage of small blood vessels, which leads to a very ruddy face and can make the nose swell.

The Dermatology Medical Professionals at Trillium Creek use the latest techniques, such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), to erase the blood vessels in rosacea. There are many treatments that can be used but not all are effective in clearing the facial veins.

Makeup and skin care is extremely important in treating rosacea. Patients with rosacea have very sensitive skin so toners, alcohol based products and scrubs are not recommended. These products will flare your sensitive skin and the rosacea. Ingredients like green tea, copper and benzoyl peroxide can be used safely instead.

Trillium Creek Skin Typing

To make sure you are using the right products for your rosacea, we recommend that you have your skin typed by a Trillium Creek specialist. This will ensure that you use the best products for your sensitive skin.


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