Azelaic acid: A
naturally occurring acid that helps old skin to shed more quickly,
therefore diminishing pimples.
Benzoyl peroxide: A
topical ointment with an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild
antibiotic used to treat rosacea.
basic acne lesion, which is an enlarged hair follicle plugged with
oil and bacteria.
A condition in which the eyelids may be inflamed or
Tiny mites that live in the hair follicles.
resurfacing technique used especially to treat deep defects of the
skin such as acne scars, heavy wrinkles and the disfiguring effects
of skin conditions, such as rosacea. The procedure involves the
mechanical sanding of the upper layers of the skin. With
dermabrasion, a new layer of skin replaces the abraded skin during
healing, resulting in a smoother appearance.
oral antibiotic used to treat rosacea.
A treatment that involves numbing the area, burning it with an
electric current, and then scraping it off.
topical or oral antibiotic used to treat rosacea.
Glycolic acid peels:
Part of the chemical family referred to as alpha-hydroxy acids.
Glycolic acid is a naturally occurring compound in sugar cane. When
applied, it helps to dissolve the outer layer of skin.
A bacterium that is known to cause stomach ulcers and
ulcers in the first part of the small intestine, or duodenum.
A form of the disease in which sufferers develop pink
bumps and pimples.
Intense light and laser therapy:
Intense light and laser therapy uses multiple
wavelengths of light to treat dilated blood vessels in the face.
Since the laser uses light, rather than needles or incisions, the
treatment feels like a pinch or a snap of an elastic band. Both
treatments take 15-to-30 minutes and are performed at six-to-12 week
intervals. Patients may require several treatments initially, and
may return annually for treatment of new blood vessels.
powerful medication usually prescribed for cystic acne. This
medication can be used for severe cases of rosacea, but only for
selected candidates, as isotretinoin can cause serious side effects
and birth defects.
A topical antibiotic (in gel, cream, or lotion form)
used to treat rosacea.
oral antibiotic used to treat more severe cases of rosacea.
Nodularities: Increased density of skin
tissue that causes a lumpy texture, such as that seen in an advanced
stage of rosacea.
Papules: Pink bumps
on the skin.
earliest recognizable stage of rosacea. Among the common symptoms of
this phase of rosacea are frequent episodes of flushing and redness
of the face and neck.
is the condition that gave the late comedian W.C. Fields his
trademark nose. Rhinophyma usually occurs in men and happens in
advanced stage rosacea, when the oil glands on the nose become
enlarged and the nose becomes bumpy, red and enlarged.
Rosacea: A common
skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face.
Sign: A visible indication of a medical
condition, such as flushing, thickened skin or visible red blood
An antibiotic used to treat rosacea.
A topical therapy that causes drying and peeling of
the skin, allowing excess oil and dirt to be easily washed away.
Symptom: An indication of a medical
condition caused by a sensation that the patient feels (burning and
stinging on the face or eyes that itch) or a change in the way the
patientís body functions (blurred vision).
A condition in which the blood vessels under the
facial skin swell. These blood vessels look like thick red lines on
the face, usually on the cheeks. Also telangiectasis.
An oral antibiotic used to treat more severe cases of rosacea.
Lasers that emit specific wavelengths of light to treat the tiny
visible blood vessels just under the skin. The heat from the
targeted therapy builds in the vessels, causing them to collapse.
A type of rosacea commonly seen in women, in which
blood vessels under the facial skin swell. People with this
condition notice flushing and redness become more persistent and,