Rosacea Specialist

Texas Skin Center

Dermatology Clinic located in Pearland, Houston, & Kingwood, TX

More than 16 million Americans have rosacea — a facial skin disorder that causes red, acne-like bumps. While the exact cause isn’t fully understood, Joseph Sedrak, MD, a leader in the field of dermatology, helps men and women manage rosacea symptoms at his three Texas Skin Center locations in Houston, Pearland, and Kingwood, Texas. Dr. Sedrak helps you take control of the outward symptoms of rosacea so you can better manage the emotional ones as well. For exceptional rosacea treatment in the greater Houston area, call to schedule an exam, or use the online booking tool.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, incurable skin condition that alternates between flare-ups and periods of remission. Rosacea appears as areas of red, inflamed skin across your nose, cheeks, and chin. It can also irritate your eyes.

Sometimes, rosacea looks like red acne bumps that cover your facial skin, accompanied by persistent redness, thickening skin, and visible blood vessels. You may also experience a burning or stinging sensation, dry skin, or swelling in the affected areas. In extreme cases, and more often for men than for women, rosacea can thicken the skin on your nose and cause it to look bulbous.

What causes rosacea?

The exact cause of rosacea isn’t clear, but medical professionals recognize a number of contributing factors, including:

  • Heredity
  • Environmental conditions
  • Immune system issues
  • Nervous system problems
  • Vascular system problems

Additionally, a number of triggers may worsen symptoms or act as triggers that increase blood flow to the surface of your skin, making rosacea flare. These triggers are different for everyone, but often include:

  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Hot beverages
  • Sun and wind
  • Extreme temperatures of hot and cold
  • Emotions
  • Physical activity
  • Cosmetics
  • Certain medications

And, if you’re a woman with fair skin, or you’re over 30 and a smoker, you increase your risk for developing rosacea, especially if it runs in your family.

What are the treatment options for rosacea?

When you come to Texas Skin Center for rosacea, Dr. Sedrak closely examines your skin and talks to you about the symptoms you experience on a regular basis. He creates a treatment plan based on these factors and your lifestyle, which may include:

  • Prescription topical medications to reduce redness and swelling
  • Oral antibiotics to reduce bacteria and fight inflammation
  • Isotretinoin, a powerful oral acne drug that often works to clear up rosacea bumps
  • Laser therapy to reduce enlarged blood vessels

Additionally, Dr. Sedrak may help you identify and avoid rosacea triggers to minimize flare-ups. Wearing a daily sunscreen and switching to a gentler cleanser may also help reduce symptoms.

Just because you have rosacea doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it for all of your adult life. Dr. Sedrak and his experienced dermatology team can help you find the most effective combination of treatments so you can focus on your life rather than your rosacea.

For expert care, call the Texas Skin Center closest to you or book online anytime.