There is often confusion between acne and rosacea. Rosacea often resembles acne, but its is a different condition that requires a different treatment regimen. Dr. Schweiger tells us that, “Rosacea is an inflammatory condition that can present as pinkish, acne-like, bumps or redness and visible blood vessels. We don’t know exactly what causes it, though we know that there are many environmental triggers that can make rosacea worse. Spicy foods, extremes of temperature and alcohol are a few of the most common triggers.”
Rosacea can be treated in a variety of ways. There are prescription medications available, such as Oracea, Metrogel, Finacea and Sumadan wash, which help the pinkish bumps of rosacea. Erythema (redness) and blood vessels are not easily treated with prescription medications. Lasers are the best treatment for the redness and blood vessels of rosacea. One treatment with the KTP laser can yield significant improvement in blood vessels and a few treatments can help to control the appearance of generalized redness. This laser treatment is relatively painless and does not require any downtime.