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Rosacea Care and Treatment

Why Choose Treatment for Rosacea at University of Colorado Hospital?

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The dermatologists and staff at University of Colorado Hospital are trained to diagnose and treat all skin conditions, including rosacea.

UCH provides the highest levels of nonsurgical and surgical treatment using the latest techniques. Our nurses are certified in dermatology, oncology, surgery and wound care, helping ensure the best in patient care.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic (long-term) skin condition that causes the face to become unusually red. It also can cause swelling. The condition sometimes produces pink bumps (papules) or pimples filled with pus (pustules). Rosacea affects the eyes of about half of all people who have the condition.

A recent research study suggests that rosacea is caused by tiny mites who live in the pores of the skin. This theory is now being explored.

About 13 million people in the U.S have rosacea. There is no known cure for rosacea, but there are a variety of treatments for it.

Tests and Treatments

Tests for Rosacea

Your doctor will usually be able to diagnose your rosacea by examining your skin.


Rosacea Treatments

Treatments for rosacea include:

  • Antibiotics taken by mouth or applied to the skin to control the growth of bacteria and reduce the number of bumps and pimples (papules)
  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce redness
  • Eye-cleaning products to reduce redness in the eyes
  • Glycolic acid peels to moisturize the skin. These are applied to the face for a few minutes every two to four weeks. You should avoid the sun for several hours after this treatment
  • Laser surgery to destroy visible blood vessels close to the surface of the skin

Medical Team

University of Colorado Hospital takes a team approach to rosacea care. Doctors and nurses blend their skills to provide the most appropriate care for each patient.


Rosacea Specialists


Dermatologist – doctor trained in the diagnosis and treatment of skin changes and diseases.


Internist – a doctor who treats diseases and conditions in adults.


Family medicine doctor – a doctor trained to treat your entire family.


Other Rosacea Staff


Registered nurse – a nurse who sees clinic patients, conducts medical evaluations, takes patient histories and provides after care for patients with skin conditions.


Dietitian – a specialist in the effects of nutrition and food preparation on the body.

Patient Education

According to a survey of rosacea patients by the National Rosacea Society, the five most common triggers of rosacea are:

  • Sun exposure
  • Emotional stress
  • Hot weather
  • Wind
  • Heavy exercise

Recognizing the things that trigger your rosacea can help you to control your symptoms. It also is important to see your doctor regularly and follow any treatments that you are prescribed.


Getting a Second Opinion about Rosacea

The doctors and staff of the Dermatology team at University of Colorado Hospital are happy to provide second opinions for patients in the community.


Additional Resources

American Academy of Dermatology


National Rosacea Society