Rosacea

Cosmetic Dermatologist Serving Beverly Hills, Larchmont & surrounding areas of Los Angeles

Rosacea is a common skin condition affecting millions of Americans. Individuals suffering from rosacea experience redness on their skin, most commonly on the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. In some instances, you may also develop tiny red bumps and pimples in the affected region.

Rosacea can often be a source of embarrassment, impacting your self-confidence in personal and professional interactions. If you are bothered by your rosacea or if it continues to worsen, Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald can help you improve the appearance of the condition.

rosacea treatment options in Los Angeles

You can receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Fitzgerald in person. Please call 323-464-8046 today to schedule a consultation at our Los Angeles cosmetic dermatology office.

The causes of Rosacea

Although rosacea is relatively common, the exact cause is unknown. There are several theories about the origin of the condition. However, most research shows that a combination of genetic and environmental factors can lead to the disease. For example, recent research has found a potential link between rosacea and autoimmune disease. However, other findings point towards an immune response triggered by cathelicidin or bacteria found on Demodex mites. 

Currently, most reported cases of rosacea are in adults above the age of 25. There is some evidence of rosacea symptoms in teenagers or young adults in their early twenties, but this is not as common. 

Is Rosacea contagious?

No. Unlike other skin conditions, rosacea is not contagious. You cannot give someone rosacea by touching them or sharing cosmetics. While you may be prescribed with antibiotics to help treat your rosacea, this is done for their anti-inflammatory effects rather than their bacteria fighting properties.

Is Rosacea hereditary?

While researchers still don’t know what causes rosacea, there is some evidence that rosacea is a hereditary condition. If you have rosacea, your children are at a higher risk for developing the condition. According to research conducted by the National Rosacea Society, more than half of patients report that they have at least one other family member with the condition.

In addition, another study by the NRS found that ethnicity was a factor in the development of rosacea. In the survey, 33% of rosacea patients had at least one parent of Irish descent and 26% had at least one parent of English descent. The study suggests that individuals with Scandinavian, Scottish, Welsh, or Eastern European descent also have an elevated risk of rosacea.

Rosacea Symptoms

Common rosacea symptoms include:

  • Redness in the face accompanied by sensitive, dry skin that may sting
  • Bumps or pimples on the face
  • Small, visible blood vessels on the face
  • Skin that gets coarser and thicker
  • Red, dry, irritated or swollen eyes
  • 2021 Updated Understanding Rosacea Guide from National Rosacea Society

In most cases, rosacea symptoms will flare up for several weeks or months at a time and then subside for awhile in between flare-ups. If left untreated, these symptoms will progressively worsen.

What are the most common factors that cause flare-ups?

There are several things that can cause rosacea flare-ups, including:

  • Hot and cold temperatures
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Some blood-pressure medications
  • Food with cinnamaldehyde
  • Certain skin cosmetics
  • Spicy food
  • Smoking
  • Hot tea and coffee
  • UV exposure
  • Age
  • Wind
  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Genetics

While the signs of rosacea vary from person to person, most patients notice persistent facial redness, burning, and itching around the nose and cheeks. This can enlarge the sebaceous glands of your nose, thickening the skin over time. However, rosacea can also appear similar to acne breakouts, causing swolleness, bumps, and pimples.

One of the most common environmental causes of flare-ups is heat, especially during heavy exercise. To help reduce flare-ups due to heat, you can pursue low-intensity exercises, keep the ambient temperature of your home cooler, and workout for shorter periods of time. It may also help to drink lots of cold water.

Rosacea Treatment Options in Los Angeles, CA

While there is no cure for rosacea, the symptoms can be managed through treatment. Depending on the nature and severity of your symptoms, Dr. Fitzgerald may recommend:

  • Antibiotic creams, gels or lotions containing anti-inflammation benefits
  • Oral medications specific to Rosacea

In addition, skin lasers may be used to improve the appearance of facial redness or visible blood vessels. The most common lasers we use to treat rosacea include:

Is rosacea treatment covered by insurance?

Since rosacea is a specific medical diagnosis, most topical and oral treatments will be covered by insurance. This includes gels, lotions, creams, antibiotics, and beta-blockers. 
In addition to these treatments, Dr. Fitzgerald also offers laser treatments to help reduce the appearance of facial redness and blood vessels.

However, keep in mind that health insurance may not cover the cost of laser or IPL treatments. 

Schedule a Client Consultation

Please contact Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald using the form on this page or call 323-464-8046 today to schedule your rosacea tratment consultation. We serve patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Larchmont, California.