Rosacea Specialist

Comprehensive Family Practice Laser & Cosmetic Center

Yelena Kipervas, DO

Cosmetic Specialist & Family Practice Physician located in Stroudsburg, PA

An estimated 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, which is an acne-like condition caused by your body’s inflammatory response. Far too many people live with the symptoms of rosacea in the belief that there is nothing they can do to improve the appearance of their skin. In reality, there are effective treatment options which can create drastic improvements. At Comprehensive Family Practice Laser & Cosmetic Center, Dr. Yelena Kipervas can help you find relief from rosacea. Schedule an appointment by calling the Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, office or using the online scheduling tool.

Rosacea Q & A

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is an autoinflammatory skin disease that is more pronounced at some times than others. It most often affects the central portion of your face and presents visible symptoms.

The most common signs of rosacea include:

  • Red or pink skin appearance
  • Presence of tiny blood vessels visible through your skin
  • Small red bumps known as papules
  • Frequent flushing

Rosacea is often referred to as “adult acne,” but it is a different condition entirely. Rosacea is incurable, but it is possible to manage the symptoms.

What are the causes of rosacea?

Researchers are uncertain about the exact causes of rosacea, but the disease involves small blood vessels in the face that become dilated. There may be a genetic component at play.

Rosacea can be worsened by the following:

  • Sunburn
  • Certain medications
  • Stress
  • Demodicosis (reaction to mites)
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Changes in humidity

Some people find that certain environmental factors aggravate their rosacea, while other known triggers have little or no effect. Certain foods can trigger rosacea, including dairy products, soy sauce, yeast extract, and even some vegetables.

How is rosacea treated?

Dr. Kipervas uses the SharpLight™ system to treat rosacea. SharpLight provides intense pulsed light, or IPL treatment to reduce the symptoms of rosacea.

A carefully calibrated beam of light is delivered in pulses to the treatment area. That light therapy reduces redness and improves your skin texture. For best results, several treatments are spaced over 3-6 week intervals.

Many men and women report lasting improvements in their rosacea after several treatments. Best of all, IPL offers a treatment path that does not require prescription medications and the associated risk of side effects.

Dr. Kipervas works with you to determine your rosacea triggers, which gives you the information needed to avoid those factors. She can also help you find a diet and supplement plan that can reduce the inflammation associated with rosacea outbreaks.

If you suffer from red or inflamed skin and would like to find relief, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Kipervas at Comprehensive Family Practice Laser & Cosmetic Center in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to determine if you have rosacea and which treatment options are best suited for your needs.