Rosacea Specialist

Integrated Dermatology Of Tidewater

Dermatologists located in Norfolk, VA

Rosacea is known for causing a blushing effect, but that's not its only symptom. Top dermatologist Jonathan Schreiber, MD, PhD at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater can also often diagnose rosacea by evaluating the visible blood vessels or small red bumps on your face. Before your rosacea worsens, book an appointment at the Norfolk, Virginia office. Schedule your visit, and get started on treatment right away by calling the clinic or by using the online booking feature.

Rosacea Q & A

Integrated Dermatology Of Tidewater

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a lifelong, incurable condition that leads to facial redness. It’s known for causing small vessels on your nose and cheeks to swell and become visible. Many rosacea sufferers also have swollen, red, pus-filled bumps that are similar to acne.

In some cases, you might have skin warmness and tenderness during a flare-up.

You could experience eye problems with rosacea. About half of men and women who have this condition experience eye dryness and irritation. Though less common, some patients – usually men – also experience thickening of nose skin. This can make your nose appear bulbous, which is known as rhinophyma.

Why Do I Have Rosacea?

It's unclear why some patients have rosacea, although medical experts do notice trends in families. Rosacea flare-ups can stem from:

  • Environmental factors
  • Hot beverages, alcohol, or spicy foods
  • Extreme hot or cold temperatures
  • Topical lotions or cosmetics
  • Exercise or emotional stress

In some cases, rosacea worsens with medications that are known for dilating your blood vessels, including blood pressure medications. Talk with your dermatologist about all medications you take, even if they’re dietary supplements or over-the-counter drugs.

How is Rosacea Treated?

Dr. Jonathan Schreiber and the expert team at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater offers advanced rosacea treatments with modern laser systems. Although there's no cure for rosacea, most patients find relief and notice improvement after having intense pulsed light (IPL) or pulsed dye laser treatments.

With an IPL with Lutronic® eCO2™, lasers send strong pulses of light deep into your skin. This treatment, known as a photofacial or photo rejuvenation, stimulates collagen production. Not only does your skin tighten and start to heal, but treatments constrict blood vessels, which reduces unwanted discoloration.

Pulsed dye laser treatments with Syneron Candela® Vbeam Perfecta™ work by sending concentrated light energy into blood vessels. This destroys the targeted vessels, without damaging the surrounding skin.

Part of your treatment plan may also be determining what triggers your flare-ups, so you know what to avoid in your diet or daily life. During your consultation, your practitioner lets you know which treatment is right for you and how many sessions you may need.

Schedule a rosacea treatment consultation at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater by calling your local clinic or by using the online booking feature.