What It Is

It has often been called “adult acne,” but it is now thought to be a separate disease of unknown origin. The condition consists of red bumps and pustules on the face. Flushing and blushing is common. Small red blood vessels called “telangectasias” may also increase. Sometimes rosacea will cause itchy, scratchy eyes.


While the cause at this time is still unknown, there are multiple factors that have been determined to exacerbate rosacea in some people. They include exercise, heat, wind, hot beverages, stress, spicy foods, brussel sprouts and alcohol. Many other factors have been reported to exacerbate rosacea, but not everyone with rosacea will exhibit flares with a reported trigger.

Treatment may consist of:
  • Avoidance of your known triggers
  • Topical antibiotics, metronidazole, sodium sulfacetamide
  • Azelaic acid
  • Beta blockers
  • Oral tetracyclines
  • Intense pulse light
  • Vascular lasers

At Piedmont Dermatology Center, Dr Gross will personalize your therapy to best treat your rosacea.

The contents of are for general educational and informational purposes only and not to be misconstrued as treatment advice or medical diagnosis. This information does not replace the advice of a physician, nor does it imply a physican – patient relationship between the reader, Dr. Gross and Piedmont Dermatology Center.