Skin care specialist in Jacksonville, FL answers questions about rosacea
Dr. Mary Pentel holds Board certifications in dermatology and dermatologic surgery. With this well-rounded academic background and more than 20 years of clinical experience, she has become the specialist trusted throughout the Jacksonville, FL area for healthy advice on skin conditions such as rosacea.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting skin on the face. It is characterized by:
- Stubborn sunburn-like redness
- Bumps and pus-filled pimples
- Visible blood vessels
- Stinging, burning, itching, or tightness
- Rough, dry appearance
- Raised red plaques
- Thickened skin (most common on the nose in male patients)
- Facial swelling
- Symptoms on neck, ears, scalp, or chest
Ocular rosacea causes irritation that leaves eyes bloodshot and watery, sometimes with swollen red lids and sties. Lack of treatment can result in corneal damage and vision loss.
How does a person get rosacea?
Science and medical communities do not yet fully understand what causes rosacea. We know that abnormality of facial blood vessels is a contributing factor. It is not contagious, but appears to run in families, often of Irish or English descent and other fair-skinned individual with light hair. It usually occurs in adults, in both genders.
How is rosacea treated?
Successful management starts with identification of triggers that cause a flare up. Once environmental factors such as stress, sun exposure, weather extremes, alcohol, hot beverages, spicy foods, exercise, and skin-care products have been pinpointed, they can be more easily avoided.
Rosacea can be persistent, and tends to occur at the worst possible times, as a result of emotional strain. Dr. Pentel helps patients overcome these episodes with advanced laser and light therapies, as well as oral medications and topical treatments.
She uses a pulsed-dye laser to target pigments in superficial blood vessels, reducing redness without harm to surrounding tissues. This treatment also helps to avoid build-up of tissue on the nose. IPL (intense pulsed light) is similar to laser treatment, but uses broad-spectrum light to destroy capillaries. Usually a series of treatments is recommended for optimal clearance, and improvement lasts several years.
You don’t have to face rosacea alone. Call the specialist, Dr. Mary Pentel, in Jacksonville, FL at 904-606-9882 .