Dr. Callahan has been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2019. This is her ninth consecutive year as a Top Doctor. SkinSmart Dermatology offers four experienced and certified medical dermatological providers to serve the SW Florida area. Call today to schedule your appointment!
Redness & Rosacea
Sometimes confused with acne, rosacea is a common, inflammatory chronic skin condition. It may manifest itself as either all-over redness or red patches with prominent spider veins, eruptions, pimples and swelling. Common sites for rosacea are the cheeks, nose and forehead. Symptoms might include a tendency to blush or flush easily, a bulbous “W.C. Fields” nose, burning or stinging of the face, and bloodshot or irritated eyes. If you are bothered by facial redness and think it could be rosacea, visit the Sarasota skincare professionals at SkinSmart Dermatology® for effective treatment options.
Healthy, beautiful skin begins at SkinSmart Dermatology®. Request a consultation or call our Sarasota office at (941) 308-7546.
No one knows exactly what causes rosacea. We do know that people who are more likely to develop this condition meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Fair skinned with blond hair and blue eyes
- Blush or flush easily
- Age 30 to 50
- Family history of rosacea or severe acne
Sarasota dermatologic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Callahan diagnoses rosacea by a thorough examination of the skin and eyes. Triggers are different for each individual but commonly include:
- Spicy food
- Hot beverages
- Sun exposure
- Exercising and/or sweating in hot weather
- Wind and extreme cold
- Saunas or steam rooms
While there is no cure, rosacea can be managed by identifying the causes of flare-ups. Over-the-counter acne medications are usually not effective for treating rosacea. Treatments we may recommend include:
- Prescription medicine
- Sunscreen – daily use can help prevent flare-ups
- An emollient to help repair the skin
- Lasers and other light treatments
- Antibiotics – both topical and oral medication can help control flare-ups
Dr. Callahan can treat some of the side-effects of rosacea with Vbeam® laser treatments to reduce redness from enlarged capillaries and rosacea and to remove the thickened skin that can result from having rosacea over time.