Rosacea Specialist

Kristen R. Aguirre, M.D.

Dermatologist & Dermatologic Surgeon located in Fullerton, CA

Blushing easily may be a sign of shyness, or it could be an early indicator of rosacea — a skin condition that begins as frequent, deep red flushes and develops into continuously inflamed skin marked by broken blood vessels and pustules. At her practice in Fullerton, California, board-certified dermatologist, Kristen Aguirre, MD, offers expert diagnosis and treatments to control rosacea. If you’re concerned about your skin, call or make an appointment online today.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that affects approximately 14 million Americans. It typically begins as frequent and deep flushing, then develops into more severe symptoms. The precise cause of rosacea isn’t fully understood. However, some factors may contribute to your chances of developing the disease, including:

  • Family history: if a family member has rosacea, your chances of also having the condition increase
  • Immune system: medical researchers have found that people with rosacea react to a bacterium called Bacillus oleronius, but it’s not clear if the reaction causes rosacea
  • H. pylori infection: this gastrointestinal infection is common in people who have rosacea, but it isn’t apparent if the infection and rosacea are related

Even though the cause of rosacea isn’t understood, Dr. Aguirre can help you control your symptoms and have a healthy and clear complexion.

What are the common rosacea symptoms?

In addition to frequent blushing, as the condition progresses, rosacea can cause other symptoms, including:

  • Persistent redness that typically begins in the center of your face around your nose and mouth that eventually spreads
  • Visible, broken blood vessels
  • Swollen, red bumps that resemble acne
  • Skin sensitivity and stinging or burning sensations
  • Dry, rough, or scaly skin
  • Enlarged nose
  • Eye problems like dryness and swollen, red eyelids

If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Aguirre for diagnosis and treatment. When you start treatment early, it’s easier to control your symptoms and prevent your condition from worsening.

How is rosacea treated?

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for rosacea. However, Dr. Aguirre does offer customized and expert treatments to relieve your symptoms and prevent your condition from getting worse.

Dr. Aguirre often suggests lifestyle changes to reduce rosacea inflammation and redness. She recommends gentle cleansers and moisturizers and advises that you avoid exfoliants, which can irritate your skin and trigger symptoms. She helps you identify other rosacea flare-up triggers and provides advice to help you avoid them.

She can prescribe topical creams to reduce inflammation and redness as well as a systemic medication like antibiotics and isotretinoin. Dr. Aguirre may also use laser treatment to reduce the appearance of redness, pustules, and swelling.

You don’t have to put up with rosacea symptoms — call or schedule an appointment online for expert care today.