Rosacea Specialist

Dermatology Consultants of Asheville, PLLC

Dermatology & Board Certified Dermatologists located in Asheville, Woodfin, NC

Rosacea doesn’t have a cure, but various treatments and lifestyle management strategies can prevent you from getting more severe or permanent symptoms. At Dermatology Consultants of Asheville in Woodfin, North Carolina, Jose Mendez, DO, and his team treat the redness and swelling associated with rosacea using laser therapy, topical creams, and other noninvasive strategies. Book your rosacea evaluation at the dermatology practice by phone or online today.

Rosacea Q&A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition causing inflammation and redness that mostly affects your face. The condition causes flushing, pimples, irritation, and sometimes eye problems. 

For some people, rosacea symptoms flare-up or worsen after consuming certain foods and drinks, like dairy products or intense spices. Sun exposure can also cause your symptoms to get worse.

Even though there is currently no cure for rosacea, Dermatology Consultants of Asheville offers many of the most effective treatments available to ease your symptoms. If you don’t find a way to manage your rosacea, the skin in certain areas (especially your face) can become permanently swollen and bumpy. 

Which type of rosacea do I have?

There are four types of rosacea that affect you in different ways. They share some common symptoms, and you can have more than one type of rosacea at once. Your provider at Dermatology Consultants of Asheville conducts an examination to diagnose you with:

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea causes skin flushing and discoloration. Over time, it can also cause your blood vessels to swell and become visible within the rash. Your symptoms come in flare-ups, but they can linger for longer periods of time or even become permanent if you go without treatment. 

Papulopustular rosacea

Papulopustular rosacea includes flushing similar to erythematotelangiectatic rosacea. Additionally, it causes lesions that look like whitehead pimples on your face, scalp, chest, or neck.

Phymatous rosacea

Phymatous rosacea causes your skin to become thick with scar tissue. It becomes discolored and bumpy. This type is more common in men and often causes you to develop a bulbous nose. 

Ocular rosacea

Ocular rosacea affects your eyes, which look watery and bloodshot during flare-ups. It can also cause cysts to form on your eyelids.
 

What are my treatment options for rosacea?

The providers at Dermatology Consultants of Asheville take many factors into account while forming your individualized rosacea management plan. Typically, they recommend multiple treatments or lifestyle changes for the best possible results. 

Your treatment plan might include:

  • Topical creams
  • Laser therapy
  • Eye drops
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Accutane

Your provider might ask you to keep track of your meals and other activities for some time as a way of identifying your triggers. Once you know your triggers for rosacea, you can work to avoid them in the future. 

Rosacea can cause constant flushing or blushing, which can lead to self-consciousness and embarrassment. To explore treatment options for your rosacea symptoms, call Dermatology Consultants of Asheville or book your appointment online today.