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Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that frequently presents as facial redness and possibly pimples. Less commonly, it can lead to skin thickening and swelling, particularly at the nose. At the Canadian Dermatology Centre in Toronto, we have rosacea experts in board-certified dermatologists to provide you comprehensive treatment options to combat rosacea.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition that causes redness in the face. This condition can occur in anyone but it commonly affects middle-aged women between the ages of 30 and 60 years, and with fair skin. Rosacea is sometimes mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems. The signs and symptoms of rosacea may be transient, where it flares up for a period of weeks to months and then diminish for a while, and it may be recurrent or persistent.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Rosacea results in red spots of papules and sometimes pustules. They are dome-shaped in appearance and unlike in acne, there are no blackheads, whiteheads or nodules. Some of the characteristics are:

  • Facial redness – persistent redness in the central part of the face
  • Small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks often swell and become visible
  • Eye problems – about 50% of patients who have rosacea also experience eye dryness, irritation and swollen, reddened eyelids

What are the risk factors for rosacea?

Anyone can develop rosacea. But you may be more likely to develop it if you:

  • Are a woman
  • Have fair skin, particularly if it has been damaged by the sun
  • Are over the age of 30
  • Smoke
  • Have a family history of rosacea

What are my treatment options for Rosacea?

Rosacea does not resolve on its own, and untreated rosacea can worsen over time. Our board-certified dermatologists can prescribe various treatments and recommend appropriate skincare products and cosmetics. These may improve symptoms within a few weeks.


  • Metronidazole
  • Azelaic acid
  • Brimonidine tartrate
  • Ivermectin
  • Tretinoin cream
  • Sodium sulfacetamide and sulphur

Oral (systemic)

  • Antibiotics
  • Isotretinoin

Laser therapy

If your rosacea does not respond to other types of therapy, then the dermatologist may opt for laser therapy. Rosacea treatmetn with laser involves using light energy to treat visible red blood vessels and redness in rosacea.

Other cosmetic surgery

In the case of rhinophyma, a subtype of rosacea that causes the nose to become enlarged and bulbous, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion or cosmetic surgery may be used to reduce the tissue overgrowth associated with rhinophyma.

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Ontario-wide Stay at Home Order April 7th Update

As a valued member of the Canadian Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Centre, we want to personally update you on steps our practice has taken to protect you and your health in light of the COVID-19 situation.

As it has always been, the safety and health of our patients and staff members remain our highest priority. We want to thank you for your support and the confidence you have in our practice. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the guidelines from the Ministry of Health and have added the following extra measures to protect our patients:

  1. A COVID-19 screening questionnaire must be completed prior to your appointment.
  2. Patients must arrive wearing their own face masks, and continue to wear them in office until taken into the exam room, and sanitize their hands upon arrival.
  3. We have spaced out the waiting room area and decreased our daily patient volume to reduce the likelihood of crowding.
  4. We have installed plastic barriers at the front desk for the safety of our staff and patients.
  5. Social distancing is seen as the most effective way of slowing the spread of the virus causing COVID-19. Patients should avoid close contact, minimize interaction, and put distance between themselves and other patients within the office.
  6. We will continue to provide virtual consultation options to patients who would like to see our doctors virtually.
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Thank you for being a loyal patient. We will remain attentive to this situation and keep you updated on any changes with the practice.

- The CDPSC Team