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Rosacea Specialist

Alaska Dermatology, Laser & Skin Cancer Center

Michael Cusack, MD

Clinical Dermatology located in Anchorage, AK

If persistent facial redness causes you to skip social functions, you may have a condition known as rosacea. At Alaska Dermatology, Laser & Skin Cancer Center in Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Michael Cusack has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating rosacea symptoms to minimize the appearance of enlarged blood vessels and skin redness. He offers several effective treatments to ensure your skin looks and feels healthy and prevent future rosacea episodes. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cusack online or by phone to relieve your troublesome rosacea symptoms.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes persistent skin redness and visible blood vessels on your face. You may also experience small bumps that are red and sometimes fill with pus.

This condition is common in middle-aged women with fair skin, but it can affect anyone of any age.

What are the symptoms of rosacea?

Rosacea symptoms can appear for several weeks or months at a time before they go away again. During these flare-ups, you can experience symptoms in addition to skin redness and bumps, such as:

  • Hot and tender skin
  • Eye dryness
  • Eye irritation

In some cases, rosacea can cause a thickening of the skin on your nose. This symptom can affect men and women but is more common in men.

What causes rosacea?

Doctors don’t fully understand the exact cause of rosacea, but common triggers can result in a flare-up of rosacea symptoms. These triggers include:

  • Alcohol
  • Sunlight
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Cosmetics
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot drinks
  • Certain medications

You also may be prone to developing rosacea symptoms if you have a family history of the condition.

Dr. Cusack can determine through a physical exam if the symptoms you have are the result of rosacea. In some cases, you may require additional testing to rule out underlying medical conditions, such as psoriasis and lupus, that have symptoms similar to rosacea.

What treatment options are available for rosacea?

There's no cure for rosacea, but with Dr. Cusack’s guidance, you can manage your symptoms and prevent future flare-ups.

Dr. Cusack examines the extent of your rosacea symptoms to determine the best course of treatment. Options may include medications to reduce skin redness by restricting blood vessels. You may also benefit from oral antibiotics to treat skin inflammation and prevent infection when bumps are present.

Laser treatment may also be beneficial in reducing the enlarged blood vessels that cause skin redness.

Dr. Cusack can recommend lifestyle changes that may prevent flare-ups of rosacea symptoms, such as wearing protective sunscreen and using gentle skin care products, such as cleansers, moisturizers, and makeup products.

To find relief from persistent skin redness and other rosacea symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cusack online or by phone to learn more.