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Understanding Rosacea And Your Options For Treatment

Understanding Rosacea And Your Options For Treatment

Rosy red cheeks can be a lovely winter weather beauty bonus, but for some people, the added redness is a full-time skin dilemma that can spread and flare up without warning. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is associated with inflamed blood vessels and easily irritated sensitive skin. The skin can turn red from a number of different triggers such as spicy foods, stress, wind, cold weather, and more. Since rosacea can appear in different forms and locations, it can be difficult to diagnose. This article will discuss the several different types of rosacea and the treatment options for each.

4 Types Of Rosacea

  1. Vascular Rosacea
    Vascular rosacea (also known as erythematotelangiectatic rosacea) is characterized by frequent flushing and chronic redness of facial skin. Those who suffer from this type of rosacea will notice visible blood vessels creeping across their cheeks and over the bridge of their nose. This is the most common type of rosacea and is commonly treated with laser treatments as well as topical or oral rosacea medications.
  2. Inflammatory Rosacea
    Inflammatory rosacea (also known as papulopustular rosacea) is characterized by redness on the face as well as an outbreak of small red bumps and pimples. These bumps are different from typical acne problems and require special treatment. It is typically treated with oral medications as well as other laser treatments such as V-beam which is a type of laser designed to treat chronic skin conditions. At Okanagan Skin Care Centre, we offer V-Beam laser treatments to heat the inflamed blood vessels allowing them to be reabsorbed into your body through its natural healing process.
  3. Phymatous Rosacea
    Phymatous rosacea occurs when inflammatory and vascular rosacea goes untreated. A bulbous, bumpy, red nose is a classic symptom of this rosacea and it can also occur in the cheeks. The overgrowth of the thickened skin on the nose and cheeks is known as rhinophyma and is often addressed with laser or surgical treatments. These procedures work to remove the excess thickened skin.
  4. Ocular Rosacea
    Rosacea not only affects the skin, it can also affect the eyes. Ocular rosacea is commonly associated with symptoms such as:
    • Dry eyes
    • Gritty sensation
    • Burning
    • Itching
    • Stinging
    • Bloodshot eyes
    • Eyelid swelling
    Ocular rosacea can be very serious resulting in damage to the cornea. It can blur vision, cause vision problems, and can lead to blindness if left untreated. This type of rosacea is typically treated with long-term oral antibiotics prescribed by an optometrist.

Kelowna Rosacea Skin Treatments

It is possible to experience all of the types of rosacea at once and symptoms may differ from person to person. To combat this skin condition, rosacea skin treatments such as laser treatments and facials can help minimize skin irritation and redness. Clear skin plays an important part in an individuals confidence and quality of life, and at Okanagan Skin Care Centre we offer comprehensive rosacea treatments to help restore your skin to give you a clear, glowing complexion.

At the Okanagan Skin Care Centre, we want you to always look and feel your most beautiful. If you suffer from the frustrating symptoms of rosacea, our skin specialists are able to provide advanced rosacea skin care treatments to give you the clear skin you deserve. To learn more about our rosacea treatments, contact our Kelowna skin care clinic by calling 1-888-868-9290 or fill out our online contact form.


Q: How many V-Beam laser treatments will I need to treat my rosacea?
A: It will depend on the severity of your condition but most patients require 2-4 laser sessions.

Q: How far apart are V-Beam laser treatments performed?
A: Treatment sessions are spread 4-6 weeks apart.

Q: When should I seek professional treatment for my rosacea?
A: It is advised that you seek treatment as soon as you can to prevent the skin condition from worsening and leading to more complicated skin problems or ocular rosacea. 

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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