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Rosacea Specialist

Leon E. Brown, MD

Dermatologist located in Takoma Park, MD

Rosacea is a hard to hide, common skin condition that brings redness and visible blood vessels to your face. If you’re seeing signs of rosacea, it’s time to call Dr. Leon Brown, private practice dermatologist in Takoma Park, Maryland. He’ll discuss the treatment options open to you and recommend an effective course of action to reduce the redness.

Rosacea Q & A

What causes rosacea?

The reason why one person develops rosacea while another with similar skin and lifestyle doesn’t, isn’t known. The underlying causes are thought to be both genetic and environmental, as there are triggers known to aggravate the redness in those who develop rosacea. Even the extent of symptoms varies greatly between people with this condition. Rosacea is usually embodied by:

  • Facial redness: In the nose and cheeks
  • Eye issues: Including dryness, swelling and red eyelids
  • Bumps and pustules: Often form resembling acne
  • Blood vessels swell: Making them more visible through the skin
  • Enlarged nose: More common with men than women

Certain people are more likely to develop rosacea in the first place. Women over the age of 30, with fair skin, are disproportionately affected, especially during menopause. Family history of rosacea predicts an increased chance for its development. Smokers and those with sun damaged skin also face increased risk.

What triggers affect rosacea?

For those affected by rosacea, anything that causes blood flow increases to the face usually aggravates the intensity of facial redness. These factors include:

  • Exposure to sunlight or windy conditions
  • Exercise and physical exertion
  • Extreme hot or cold temperatures
  • Hot drinks
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Medications that dilate blood vessels

How is rosacea treated?

There are several treatment options for Rosacea and they are often at the same time. Recurrence of redness happens frequently. Medications that may reduce the redness of rosacea include brimonidine, which constricts blood vessels, reducing overall redness. While it usually shows results within 12 hours, the effects are temporary and a reapplication is required to maintain reduced redness. Some oral antibiotics lessen inflammation and improve the appearance of pustules and bumps. Cosmetic laser treatments often reduce the intensity of redness from rosacea. Medical treatment is usually supported with a daily home regimen of gentle facial cleansing and avoiding harsh soaps and cleansers.

Accepted Insurances

Dr. Brown accepts most insurances. Please contact the office for further insurance information.


Adventist Health
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee