Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial redness, visible dilated blood vessels, bumps or pimples and irritated eyes. Some cases cause thickened skin especially around the nose. Early treatment of rosacea may help keep it from progressing. A doctor will determine what subtype of rosacea a person has and help decide which treatments may work best. Make sure the doctor explains all the benefits, side effects and risks of any treatments suggested below before starting.
• Subtype 1: Erythematotelangiectatic type rosacea: has redness, flushing and dilated blood vessels.
Electrocautery can be used to destroy small dilated blood vessels but usually more than one treatment is needed. Lasers or other light therapies are an option but may require several treatments. It is important to note that laser treatments can be expensive and insurance may not cover them.