Learn more about Acne and Rosacea

Acne

Acne is a very common skin condition affecting teenagers and adults.  Acne is caused by a combination of factors, including hormones, occlusion of the hair follicle, bacteria, inflammation, and genetics.  Acne can manifest as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, pustules, and cysts.  If left untreated, severe acne can lead to permanent scarring.

There are many different treatment options depending on the severity and what type of acne is present.  Examples include topical treatments such as tretioin (retin-a) and clindamycin, and oral treatments such as antibiotics and Accutane.  We will assess your skin and discuss a treatment regimen with you.  

Rosacea

Rosacea is a condition of facial flushing primarily affecting the cheeks and nose.  Rosacea can manifest with stinging/burning, broken blood vessels (telangiectasias), pimples, and pustules.  This condition can affect anyone but is most common in people with fair skin, blue eyes, and of Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry.  Most people with rosacea notice flares triggered by things such as emotional stress, sun and wind exposure, spicy food, and alcohol.  Rosacea can occasionally affect the eyes, a condition known as ocular rosacea.  

There are multiple oral and topical treatment options for rosacea.  Your doctor may prescribe an oral antibiotic which is most useful for rosacea associated with pimples and pustules.  Topical treatment options include metronidazole gel, azelaic acid cream, and ivermectin cream.  For some patients, laser treatment is very effective at reducing redness and broken blood vessels.