Los Gatos Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatologists located in Los Gatos, CA

From redness to swelling, rosacea makes you want to hide your face. Instead of trying to hide behind makeup, visit board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Bruce Saal, in Los Gatos, California, for a solution to your rosacea. At Los Gatos Dermatology, the team improves the quality and texture of your skin with prescription medications and innovative, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments. If you want to learn more about alleviating your rosacea, call the office or book your appointment easily online today.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

A chronic skin condition, rosacea is characterized by inflammation of the face, accompanied by:

  • Redness
  • Acne-like bumps
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Swelling or watery eyes

Rosacea typically occurs on the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids, and affects more than 14 million Americans. It’s most common in those over 30 with fair skin. Women are more likely to get rosacea, but men tend to have worse symptoms.

The cause of rosacea is unknown.

What are rosacea symptoms?

Rosacea has a wide range of symptoms that can range in severity. Many people experience multiple symptoms, some of which may flare-up and get worse when exposed to specific triggers.

The most common symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Flushing
  • Red face
  • Bumps or pimples
  • Small spider veins
  • Watery eyes
  • Irritated or inflamed skin

What things trigger rosacea?

In many cases, rosacea flares up after being exposed to a specific trigger. These include:

  • Sun exposure
  • Extreme hot or cold weather
  • Wind
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Exercise
  • Spicy foods
  • Emotional stress

Chemicals in some skin care products or makeup can also aggravate rosacea.

How is rosacea treated?

Although rosacea is incurable, it is manageable. Depending on the severity of your case, Dr. Saal may recommend a topical or oral prescription medication to improve your skin’s condition.

If you need a more aggressive approach, he may suggest intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments. These noninvasive procedures are gentle and effective and use light wavelengths to break up the underlying issues causing your skin’s imperfections, promoting the skin’s natural healing process. To give you the best results, Dr. Saal may recommend multiple IPL treatments.

If you’re tired of red, bumpy, and irritated skin, it’s time to fix it. At Los Gatos Dermatology, Dr. Saal uses state-of-the-art treatment methods to give your skin a smooth, youthful appearance. Call to learn more or schedule your appointment today.

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