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Mark Testa, DO

Family Physician & Aesthetics located in Philadelphia, PA

More than 14 million people in the United States have rosacea, a skin condition characterized by a ruddy complexion, little bumps, and discomfort. Board-certified family medicine physician Mark Testa, DO, offers Icon® laser treatments to help you manage this chronic condition. If you’re ready to ease the appearance and unpleasantness of rosacea, call one of the offices in Marlton, New Jersey, or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or book your appointment using the online tool.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by a reddened complexion. People with rosacea also have visible blood vessels, swelling, bumps, and large pores. You may even mistake the condition for acne or an allergy. Flare-ups of rosacea make these symptoms especially obvious and uncomfortable.

Rosacea isn’t curable, but it is manageable. Rosacea can develop in anyone, but women most commonly exhibit the condition. Men who have rosacea tend to get more severe symptoms. The condition also tends to strike those with fair complexions most often.

What are the symptoms that suggest rosacea?

You may notice the beginnings of rosacea as easy blushing or flushing. Over time, you’ll notice the redness spreads to your chin and forehead. It can even extend to your ears, chest, and back.

The most common symptoms of rosacea are:

  • Facial redness, usually in the center of your face
  • Eye dryness, irritation, and swollen eyelids
  • Swollen red bumps containing pus
  • Visible blood vessels on your cheeks and nose
  • Enlarged, bulbous nose (usually shows up in men with rosacea)
  • Large pores and rough skin texture

Not everyone with rosacea experiences all of these symptoms. In some cases, your skin may feel inflamed and sensitive, and it can sting and burn.

Rosacea can also cause you to feel self-conscious, affecting your overall quality of life.

Why do people develop rosacea?

Rosacea isn’t contagious, and it seems to have a genetic component. People with rosacea often experience an aggravation of symptoms when they drink alcohol, exercise, or experience weather extremes. Certain foods can also trigger rosacea flare-ups.

Dr. Testa can help you identify your triggers and avoid them. He’ll also advise you to avoid direct sun exposure, which often triggers rosacea symptoms.

How is rosacea treated?

Rosacea can be managed, but not cured. Dr. Testa offers laser treatment with the Icon® aesthetic system, which can reduce visible blood vessels and minimize the bulbous appearance of the nose that can develop. Icon delivers light pulses that stimulate collagen production and ease inflammation. Dr. Testa customizes Icon treatments to your needs and the severity of your symptoms.

If you’re ready to address your rosacea and achieve a clearer complexion, call Mark Testa, DO, or schedule an appointment online.