Have Questions About Rosacea and Your Skin?
Celebrity NYC dermatologist Doris Day, M.D. is here to answer your top questions.
Doris Day, MD, is a certified dermatologist who specializes in laser, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Dr. Day currently runs a private practice in New York City and is a highly-respected and sought-after media personality in the area of cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Day is a paid consultant for Galderma Laboratories, L.P.
Q: What is rosacea?
A: Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects over 16 million Americans. It is often characterized by flare-ups and periods of remission. Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes persistent facial redness, blemishes and bumps.
Q: How do I know what the symptoms of rosacea are?
A: Symptoms of rosacea can vary greatly from person to person but may include: blushing, redness, irritation such as stinging on the face, visible red bumps and itchy, burning eyes.
Q: What are common triggers for rosacea?
A: Researchers suspect rosecea may be caused by a combination of inflammatory proteins within the skin, rather than bacteria (a common cause of acne). Some commons triggers may include consumption of alcohol and spicy foods, changes in seasonal weather as well as stress. While the cause of this condition is not fully understood, your doctor can work with you to control your flare-ups.
Q: Aren't acne and rosacea the same? How can I tell the difference?
A: While at first glance, it can be easy to mistake rosacea is acne - they are two completely different skin conditions! The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but it tends to appear across the nose, forehead, and cheeks and may look like diffused redness through skin and pimple-like bumps. Rosacea has triggers that can cause flare-ups, such as extreme temperatures, alcohol, and spicy foods. Most commonly, rosacea first appears in people over 30 and it’s important to know that rosacea isn’t caused by bacteria, whereas acne does have a bacterial component. It's important to go to an expert from the start if you expect you might have rosacea to get correctly diagnosed because it is a progressive condition that may worsen over time.
Q: What are some skincare tips that I should know if I have rosacea?
A: First and foremost, be sure and follow the routine that your dermatologist prescribes for you; rosacea is a chronic condition and requires ongoing management. Be gentle with your skin and avoid harsh cleansers, scrubs and products. Use a moisturizer with at least SPF 30 everyday and a mild cleanser. Skin with rosacea tends to be more sensitive than average, so also avoid products with fragrances, dyes and ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, witch hazel, alpha hydroxyl and peppermint.
Q: How do I treat rosacea?
A: If you feel you have rosacea, if it important for you to talk to your dermatologist about your symptoms. If left untreated, the symptoms of rosacea can progress. Only a health care provider can provide a clinical diagnosis and help put you on the path to clearer skin.
Q: How can rosacea treatments such as Oracea® help my skin?
A: One rosacea treatment, Oracea® (OR-AY-SHA) (doxycycline, USP) Capsule, is the first and only oral therapy approved by the FDA to treat the inflammatory lesions (red bumps, blemishes, and pustules) of rosacea and works to help reduce the inflammatory lesions of rosacea without providing full-dose strength of antibiotics.
Important Safety Information to remember about Oracea®
Oracea® is indicated for the treatment of only inflammatory lesions (papules and pustules) of rosacea in adult patients. You may experience intestinal upsets, sore throat or sinus infections/sinusitis when taking Oracea®. Do not take Oracea® if you are allergic to tetracyclines, and it may cause harm to a developing fetus; so do not take Oracea® if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
When taking Oracea®, stay out of direct or artificial sunlight, and make sure you tell your doctor if you have stomach or GI problems, kidney disease, have a yeast or fungal infection, take blood thinners, take oral contraceptives, or take medicine to treat acne, psoriasis or seizures. Oracea® does not treat bacterial infections. Use Oracea® only as prescribed by your doctor.
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