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Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that typically strikes after age 25 and is most common among people with fair skin who tend to blush easily. Rosacea primarily develops on the face, but it may also develop on the ears, chest, neck or scalp. There are four subtypes of rosacea: Subtypes 1, 2, 3 and 4. Symptoms of Subtype 1 include persistent redness of the skin accompanied by visible blood vessels. Subtype 2 is characterized by persistent redness with pimples and bumps. Subtype 3 is characterized by skin thickening that causes the nose to become enlarged from a buildup of excess tissue. Subtype 4 symptoms primarily affects the eyes, causing dryness, burning or tearing in the eyes, recurring styes, swelling of the eyelids and possible corneal damage.

There is no known cause nor cure for rosacea, but it is treatable. Rosacea treatment options at Laser Cliniqúe include topical medications that are applied to skin to reduce redness and inflammation and oral medications to help minimize inflammation.

Long-term treatment options include Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, which involves the use of a device that generates high-intensity pulses of light at a prescribed duration, intensity and spectral distribution. In contrast to lasers, which use only wavelengths of light, IPL uses many wavelengths of light. Another long-term treatment option available at Laser Cliniqúe is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), which involves applying photosensitive drugs to the skin and using a light or laser to activate the drug. PDT is used to treat sun damaged skin or skin conditions such as inflammatory acne or rosacea. Rosacea patients may also need to modify their skin care and lifestyle routine to avoid potential flareups of the disease.

Meet Dr. Ataii

Medical Director of Laser Cliniqúe

P. Alexander Ataii M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego. He is a skilled skin care specialist who focuses on all aspects of the skin both diagnostic and cosmetic.

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