Rosacea Specialist

MD Dermatology & Laser Center

Sanjiv K. Saini, M.D.

Board Certified Dermatologist & Cosmetic Surgeon located in Gambrills, MD & Edgewater, MD

Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that affects about 16 million Americans. For many sufferers, it begins after age 30 and appears as a redness or ruddiness on your face — particularly in your cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead. If left untreated, it develops into more severe skin issues. Sanjiv K. Saini, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist that can help you cope with chronic skin diseases. Book online or call today for an appointment with Dr. Saini at MD Dermatology & Laser Center, with offices in Gambrills, Edgewater, and Lexington Park, Maryland.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that creates a red or ruddy appearance, mostly on the facial skin of the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead. However, some people get rosacea on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Anyone can get rosacea, but it seems to be more common in women than men and happens more often in people over 30. People who have fair skin and blush easier seem to be more prone than others to getting rosacea.

If left untreated, rosacea can cause itchiness and soreness in the eyes, as well as bumps and pimples. In the most severe cases, rosacea can make your skin swollen and bumpy, a condition known as called rhinophyma (made famous by 1930s celebrity W.C. Fields).

Is rosacea caused by drinking alcohol?

No. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but it’s believed to be a combination of hereditary, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Poor hygiene and drinking alcohol are not causes. However, according to the National Rosacea Society, drinking alcohol is a common trigger for rosacea sufferers and should be avoided to lessen outbreaks.

Other triggers include:

  • Exposure to the sun
  • Certain skin care and makeup products
  • Extreme weather – both hot and cold
  • Stress
  • Spicy foods
  • Windy conditions

How do you treat rosacea?

Although there is no known cure for rosacea, Dr. Saini develops a treatment plan tailored to each patient to address their particular symptoms. Treatment plans may include:

  • Low-dose prescription antibiotics
  • Skin creams containing azelaic acid, brimonidine, or metronidazole
  • Artificial tears or prescription eye drops for eye irritation
  • Oral medications, topical ointments, and lotions

In some cases, Dr. Saini recommends laser treatment such as intense pulsed light (IPL) surgery to remove visible blood vessels and reduce redness, or cosmetic surgery to reshape the nose (in the case of rhinophyma).

If embarrassing redness and complications of rosacea are keeping you from being your best, make an appointment at MD Dermatology & Laser Center, with offices in Gambrills, Edgewater, and Lexington Park, Maryland. Dr. Saini is committed to helping patients get beautiful, healthy skin. Go online or call today.


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