Rosacea treatment varies depending on the type of Rosacea that you have. Basically, there are four types of Rosacea. These four types are Papulopustular, Erythematotelangiectatic, Phymatous and Ocular Rosacea. Continue reading to be able to understand each type and its treatment.
Ocular Rosacea: This type affects the eye. It gives you the feeling of burning sensation dry, gritty and itchy eyes. The use of oral tetracycline and doxycycline helps in controlling ocular symptoms. Infiltrates, Keratitis and ulcers may occur leading to corneal scarring. This may respond to topical antibiotics and cleansing of eyelids but consulting your opothalmologist is also recommended especially when you want to have ocular steroid therapy for treatment.
Papulopustular Rosacea: Papules and pustules appear on the face persistently. Although it may look like an acne break out, it does not have blackheads. Topical creams and oral antibiotics are the most common treatment for this type. These topical products should have collagen booster and bacteria fighting agents in order to fight against severe skin irritation and breakouts. Anti-inflammatories with natural ingredients are most effective in reducing visible redness and oil regulation improves the skin condition. It is important to monitor the spread of papulopustular rosacea as it can affect the eye and result to damage of your vision. Avoiding too much sun exposure, and spicy foods also help in minimizing the progress of this type.
Phymatous or Rhinophyma: It results to thickening of the skin usually in the nose area. But it may also affect the forehead, ears and cheeks. Other symptoms would be irregular surface nodules and enlarged follicles. The use of Isotretinoin can stop progression but does not eliminate Rosacea completely. Undergoing surgical or laser ablation will help eliminate lesions. Other Rosacea treatment options are through dermabrasion,cryosurgery and electrosurgery which is the excision of hypertrophic tissue.
Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: Persistent flushing and blushing or reddened face are usually the common symptoms. It is best to avoid eating spicy foods, excessive sun exposure or change of climate as it triggers flushing and blushing. Although there are topical creams available, it may be ineffective. Undergoing laser treatments are one of the best Rosacea treatments but repeat of procedure maybe needed. Pulsed dye laser is also recommended option.
There may be no definite cure but several Rosacea treatment is available to effectively manage your skin condition. By knowing the factors that would trigger your Rosacea and avoiding such would help in minimizing its progress. The need in consulting a dermatologist should be recognized.