Rosacea is a skin disease that affects more than 16 million Americans. As a board-certified dermatologist and member of the American Acne and Rosacea Society, Dr. Kate Holcomb is passionate about diagnosing and treating rosacea in all skin types. Dr. Holcomb is both a speaker on rosacea treatments and was involved in the ANSWER clinical trial for combination therapy of FDA approved treatments for rosacea.
At Pure Dermatology it has become evident that a patient’s rosacea may change over time. Some patients will have pimples and pustules, with or without dryness. Other patients may have no bumps, but they will have broken blood vessels or complain of a red face. Patients often complain of very sensitive skin with stinging and burning or red flushing of the face due to certain foods, heat, alcohol, or out of the blue which can be very socially troubling. Perioral dermatitis is another complaint that often responds to rosacea treatment. The common symptoms are bumps and dryness around the mouth or eyes. The eyes can also be affected by rosacea with irritation, dryness, redness or that patients describe a feeling of having something in the eye.
Pure Dermatology recommends that all patients with rosacea use gentle skin products that have no fragrance and always wear sunscreen daily. There are new theories on how heat plays a role in worsening rosacea; therefore, Pure Dermatology recommends that rosacea patients only wear sunscreens that contain physical blockers. These blockers should include, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which reflect light away from the skin.
Aside from prescribing medications for rosacea, Dr. Holcomb and Dr. Haseltine offer chemical peels and lasers tailored to each patients’ skin needs. Pure Dermatology has extensive experience treating sensitive rosacea skin by leveraging combination therapy.