Rosacea Specialist

NorCal Medical and Aesthetic Center

Hussam Kujok, MD

Internal Medicine & Aesthetic Specialist located in Carmichael, CA

Did you know that rosacea can spark an eye complication called ocular rosacea: the inflammation, redness, burning, and itching of the eyes? Don’t let your rosacea progress to this stage. Dr. Hussam Kujok has over 20 years of experience treating patients with rosacea at the NorCal Medical and Aesthetic Center in Carmichael, California. If rosacea is affecting you, call or book an appointment online today.

Rosacea

by Hussam Kujok, MD

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin disease that typically begins with increased, frequent blushing and redness of the cheeks. The redness can spread to the forehead, chin, even the ears, back, and chest.

Rosacea is often confused with acne, allergic reactions, and other skin complications. While there’s no cure, there are treatments that can reduce the symptoms during a flare-up.


What are the symptoms of rosacea?

Symptoms and signs of rosacea include:


Facial redness

A frequent redness in the center of your face is the most common sign of rosacea. Small blood vessels on your cheeks and nose often become swollen and more prominent. This symptom may come and go, but in some cases it is permanent.


Eye complications

Around half of the people with rosacea experience coinciding eye complications, such as swelling, burning, irritation, redness, and dryness.


Red bumps

Swollen, red bumps resembling acne are a characteristic symptom of rosacea.


Enlarged nose

This symptom is rare and more common in men than women. Rosacea can cause the skin on your nose to thicken, making it appear large. In severe cases that take years to develop, the oil glands enlarge, and tissue builds up around your nose, otherwise known as rhinophyma.


Tender skin

During a rosacea flare-up, your skin will likely feel hot and tender.


What causes rosacea?

The cause of rosacea is unknown, but there seem to be relevant environmental and hereditary factors. Increased blood flow to the surface of your skin can also aggravate rosacea. That can occur due to:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Cosmetics
  • Medications
  • High-impact exercises
  • Rapid climate changes
  • Spicy foods

If you smoke, are over age 30, or have fair skin, you’re more likely to develop rosacea.


How is rosacea treated?

Most of the treatments for rosacea focus on relieving the symptoms. Typical treatment methods include:

  • Medications
  • Topical creams
  • Laser therapies

Dr. Kujok uses the advanced ICON laser technology to reduce the redness and appearance of rosacea by shrinking the blood vessels in the affected area. He has decades of experience in helping patients living with rosacea.

If rosacea is affecting your health or self-esteem, call Dr. Kujok today or book an appointment online.