Rosacea & Broken Capillaries: Dermatologists Tips for Prevention & Management

Featured Image

Rosacea is a skin condition that is quite common and is characterized by flushing, redness, and bumps. It can also result in visible broken capillaries on the face. Although it is not guaranteed that you can completely prevent it, there are steps you can take to significantly reduce the risk of developing it and keep your skin calm and clear. Rosacea causes inflammation in the tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin. This inflammation weakens the walls of the vessels, making them more prone to breakage and resulting in the appearance of red or pink lines, particularly on the cheeks and nose. It is essential to address rosacea itself to minimize the development of broken capillaries.

Sun Protection is Key: 

Sunlight is a major trigger for rosacea flare-ups and weakens blood vessels. Apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen daily, even on cloudy days, to shield your skin. Choose a gentle, non-comedogenic formula suitable for sensitive skin. 

Become a Trigger Detective: 

Identify and avoid your personal rosacea triggers like spicy foods, alcohol, extreme temperatures, or harsh skincare products. Keep a diary to pinpoint specific triggers and make adjustments. Remember, rosacea triggers can vary from person to person. 

Treat Your Skin with Gentleness:

Harsh scrubbing or cleansing can damage delicate blood vessels. Opt for gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers formulated for sensitive skin. Look for calming ingredients like chamomile, green tea, or hyaluronic acid. 

Calm Rosacea Inflammation: 

Addressing underlying rosacea inflammation is essential. Consult a dermatologist to develop a personalized treatment plan combining prescription medications like antibiotics or topical creams to calm redness and bumps. These medications can also address papules, pustules, and rhinophyma in later stages of rosacea. 

Laser Therapy for Stubborn Cases: 

If visible capillaries persist despite preventive measures, laser therapy can be an option. Lasers target specific vessels, reducing their appearance without harming surrounding skin. 

Don't let rosacea or broken capillaries define you. By taking proactive steps like managing your triggers, following a gentle skincare routine, protecting your skin from the sun, and seeking professional guidance, you can significantly reduce its appearance and feel confident in your own skin. 

 If you believe you have rosacea, please call Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco & Marin to schedule a consultation. We can develop a treatment plan that allows you to put your best face forward. Dr. Tracy Evans and her team are knowledgeable in cutting-edge treatments and can offer you hope and help. 

Before and after rosacea treat

This patient received treatment for rosacea at Pacific Skin Dermatology.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.