Rosacea & Redness

Rosacea is a relatively common but misunderstood skin condition. In its early stages, rosacea appears as a red or ruddy complexion that comes and goes. Left untreated, though, the flushed appearance remains. Blood vessels become visible and bumps and pimples begin appearing. In more advanced cases skin may become thickened, resulting in a reddened, bulbous nose. It can cause embarrassment for many of the approximately 16 million people in the U.S. living with it. Rosacea typically doesn’t first appear until after age 30, and it often worsens because people don’t seek treatment. Based in Chapel Hill, Central Dermatology Center has a staff of board-certified physicians and physician assistants who treat mild and severe cases of rosacea.

Rosacea is most often diagnosed in people with fair complexions who blush easily. If you’ve noticed signs of rosacea and are looking in Chapel Hill, Raleigh-Durham, or surrounding areas for a dermatologist request an appointment online with Central Dermatology Center, or call us at (919) 401-1994 to schedule an appointment.


Although there is no cure for rosacea, treatments to manage the condition are effective, especially when started during its early stages.

  • Behavioral changes – Common triggers exacerbate rosacea symptoms. Avoiding sun exposure, stress, alcohol, spicy foods, hot beverages and certain cosmetics helps prevent outbreaks.
  • Topical and oral therapies – Antibiotics – either topical or oral – are often the first line of defense when treating rosacea. A topical treatment approved specifically for treating rosacea helps prevent flare-ups after symptoms are controlled. Acne treatments, including isotretinoin, are also sometimes prescribed.
  • Intense pulsed light – IPL is a relatively new treatment that uses a non-laser light source to effectively reduce dilated blood vessels, persistent redness, flushing, and acne-like breakouts. Also known as photofacials, these treatments are repeated when necessary to control occasional rosacea flare-ups. Protecting your skin from the sun is essential before and after undergoing IPL.
  • Vascular lasers – Light wavelengths target blood vessels located just beneath the skin. The laser’s heat causes the blood vessels to gradually disintegrate. Usually at least 3 treatments are required, depending on the redness of the blood vessels. Treatments can be repeated as needed.
  • Skin care regimens – Our The Skin Care and Laser Center of Central Dermatology offers a variety of skin care products and treatments designed specifically to improve the redness caused by rosacea.