Some people seek a more flushed look and apply blush or pinch their cheeks to achieve it. But for people who are living with redness and rosacea, the longing for relief from flushing and redness is a daily reality. Rosacea is a chronic inflammation of the skin, mostly on the cheeks, nose, and forehead. It can be a very challenging condition to treat, but thanks to breakthroughs in dermatology, there are several laser and pulsed light therapies that can help to soothe and diminish the characteristic redness associated with rosacea.

Rosacea affects approximately 5% of Americans and it can vary from mild to extreme. There are four subtypes that patients experience:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is characterized by redness, flushing and visible blood vessels.
  • Papulopustular rosacea is characterized by acne, breakouts and skin sensitivity.
  • Phymatous rosacea causes swelling, fluid retention and thickening of the skin.
  • Ocular rosacea involves inflammation around the eyes.

The causes of rosacea are not fully understood and researchers now speculate that lifestyle may play a part in the development of rosacea. Dermatologists believe that the main cause is abnormalities in the facial blood vessels. Other experts suggest that H. pylori, a bacteria found in the gut, may play a role in rosacea development. Between 30% to 40% of people with rosacea have a family members who also has or had the condition, indicating that the condition could be genetic.


There are many ingredients and organic essential oils that can greatly benefit patients who are experiencing rosacea. If you are treating rosacea topically, always use organic products. For more severe cases of rosacea, there are also laser and light therapy treatments that can calm flare-ups.


At Kwan Dermatology, we want you to enjoy your life without the worry of rosacea flare ups. Our team suggests adding essential oils and products with aloe or chamomile extracts to your skin regimen. We also suggest products that contain Vitamin C or hyaluronic acid to calm your skin. Our state-of-the-art laser or pulsed light treatments are also available to help you achieve a clear, smooth, rosacea-free complexion.


If you are experiencing rosacea and want to discuss a customized treatment that includes a combination of topical skin care product, laser or light therapy treatment, please contact Kwan Dermatology to set up a consultation to help restore your skin back to even and glowing.


Kwan Dermatology’s rosacea patients always express their satisfaction with
our state-of-the-art laser and pulsed light treatments. Our advanced laser
treatments send energy deep into the skin, diminishing redness and smoothing
the skin’s texture. Red light therapy is another effective treatment that can be applied to calm redness. It is
important for patients to remember that the cause of rosacea is always
present and that it is necessary to implement lifestyle and product changes to
keep your skin calm and free of flare-ups and redness. If you would like to
calm the symptoms of rosacea, please contact Kwan Dermatology to schedule
a consultation.