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Rosacea Conveniently located to serve DTLA and Los Angeles

Rosacea is a chronic condition that affects the skin of the face and is categorized by redness and flushing on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and other parts of the face. There is no cure for rosacea, but it can be treated by a licensed dermatologist like Dr. Wang.

Doctors are unsure of exactly what causes rosacea; it may be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Rosacea also occurs in cycles, so you may have flare-ups for weeks or months at a time, then go into remission for a period of time.

Who Gets Rosacea?

Rosacea can affect men and women of any age and skin tone, although it’s most prominent in adults in their 30s or older who have lighter skin tones, blonde hair, and blue eyes. Typically, men show more severe symptoms than women do.

General Symptoms

Although symptoms of rosacea can differ from person to person, there are many common symptoms to look out for:

  • Redness
  • Skin thickening
  • Small bumps and pimples
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Dryness
  • Swelling
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Sensitive skin

Different Types of Rosacea

There are four different types of rosacea, each with their own set of symptoms. It is possible to have multiple types at once.

The four different types of rosacea are:

  • Subtype One: Also referred to as erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR), the symptoms of subtype one consist of redness on the face, visible blood vessels, and flushing.
  • Subtype Two: This is also known as papulopustular rosacea and consists of breakouts that look similar to acne. Middle-aged women are most affected by subtype two rosacea.
  • Subtype Three: This rare type of rosacea mostly affects men in their 50s and up and is called rhinophyma; it is characterized by redness and thickening of the skin on the nose.
  • Subtype Four: Also called ocular rosacea, this type of rosacea affects the area around the eyes. Some symptoms may include itchy and watery eyes, burning and/or stinging around the eyes, and sensitivity to light.

How Is Rosacea Treated?

Because rosacea affects every patient differently and has a wide range of symptoms, rosacea must be treated by a doctor or licensed dermatologist like Dr. Wang. Dr. Wang will tailor a specific treatment plan to help control your rosacea symptoms.

He may prescribe a topical treatment, oral treatment, or a combination of the two. In addition to these treatments, laser therapy may be performed.

You can also take steps to control your rosacea flare-ups by altering your lifestyle. You should avoid direct sunlight and avoid drinking alcohol. You should also stay away from products that contain alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, and exfoliating agents.

Each person who lives with rosacea may be triggered by different factors. It is important to keep a journal or list of foods that may trigger a flare-up. Some common triggers include spicy foods; foods that contain cinnamaldehyde (like cinnamon, chocolate, tomatoes, and citrus); and hot tea and/or coffee.

Find Out More About Rosacea

If you’d like to learn more about rosacea and how to treat this chronic skin condition, contact Metropolis Dermatology for a consultation today. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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JAMES Y. WANG, M.D.

Dr. Wang is a Harvard and UCLA-trained double Board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. He specializes in diagnosing and treating skin cancers, psoriasis, eczema, and acne (including the safe use of Accutane). He is also an expert in anti-aging skincare, injectables, as well as laser treatments for scars, sunspots, and broken blood vessels. He has been named each year as Superdoctor, Top Doctor, and Top Dermatologist in various publications in the Los Angeles area.

He attended college at Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in biology. He earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and, concurrently, his MBA in healthcare policy from Harvard Business School.

JEFF BONNAUD, PA-C

Jeff Bonnaud is a board-certified Dermatology Physician Assistant who has been practicing medicine & dermatology since 2014. Being a thought leader and educator within the field of dermatology, Jeff Bonnaud’s meticulous approach and outstanding patient care has earned him recognition as a 2020 World Leader in Healthcare and 2020 Top Physician Assistant by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals. Jeff focuses on underlying health conditions, and provides a comprehensive approach to all layers of the skin and degrees of aging with a combination of skincare, peels, facials, injectables, energy based devices like lasers, and even surgery if needed.

A graduate of UCLA, Harvard University, and Quinnipiac University’s PA Program, PA Bonnaud began his career in adult outpatient Internal Medicine with Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA where this invaluable experience provided a deeper understanding for underlying and complex conditions seen within dermatology. For nearly five-years, Jeff worked in cosmetic & medical dermatology in Boston earning a loyal patient following and reputation. Jeff Bonnaud is a national thought leader and educator within dermatology regarding biologic and treatment therapies with a high emphasis on autoimmune inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema. He currently sits on multiple pharmaceutical advisory boards to help shape further advances in treatments.

TIFFANY WANG, PA-C

Tiffany Wang, a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), graduated with the distinction of Salutatorian from the Southern California University of Health Sciences’ Master of Science Physician Assistant program. She has completed a Dermatology Fellowship through the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants and is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

Tiffany has always had a passion for medical and cosmetic dermatology and aspires to make everyone feel like the best version of themselves. Tiffany finds joy in being able to help a patient find what works best for them. She loves all things dermatology and skincare and is excited to bring her passion to Metropolis Dermatology.

LADAN AFFIFI, MD

Dr. Affifi was born and raised in Southern California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate education and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. She subsequently obtained a Master's degree from Columbia University in nutritional studies before she matriculated into medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she graduated with research distinction.

During medical school, Dr. Afifi was recognized for her academic achievements and patient care and was inducted into both the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was the recipient of the Glasgow-Rubin Award from the American Medical Women’s Association for graduating in the top ten percent of her class.

Dr. Afifi completed her preliminary year in internal medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital- University of Pennsylvania Hospital System before moving to Los Angeles to begin her training in dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she currently is the chief resident. Dr. Afifi has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters as well as given presentations at conferences.

Outside of work, Dr. Afifi loves the beautiful Southern California weather and enjoys hiking, biking, culinary exploration, playing tennis and traveling.

OMAR BARI, MD

Dr. Bari is a UCLA-trained dermatologist specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. He is an expert in treating the full range of skin disease but also passionate about neurotoxin (e.g., BOTOX®), filler, and many other aesthetic interventions.

After being raised in Indiana, Dr. Bari graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. He then worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company before earning his medical degree at UC San Diego. He remained in southern California to pursue his dermatology residency at UCLA. Dr. Bari continues to be active in research and has authored over 15 publications.

Outside of dermatology, Dr. Bari enjoys Los Angeles’ dynamic restaurant scene, high intensity interval training, and the NFL.

SHAUNA HIGGINS, MD

Dr. Higgins was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Brown University for her undergraduate education where she studied Human Biology and Business Economics while simultaneously studying Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. She earned her MD from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where, in addition to acquiring a number of academic honors, she served as Editor-In-Chief of The Beat Art and Literary Magazine showcasing the creativity of members of the UCLA health sciences community.

Dr. Higgins has completed several years of research both at the University of Southern California and the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she managed and conducted a number of epidemiological, clinical, and translational science research studies in melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, patient-related satisfaction outcomes, and complementary and alternative medicine.

She has authored dozens of publications, several book chapters, and has presented over 30 abstracts via poster or oral presentation. She completed her internal medicine year of training within the Yale-New Haven Health System and is currently finishing her residency in dermatology at the University of Southern California + LA County Hospitals residency program.

STARLA MCDOWELL

Starla has been a licensed Aesthetician for over 10 years and is also a Certified Dermatology Technician through the Association of Certified Dermatology Techs (ACDT). In addition, she is certified in Skinceuticals and Dermalogica, as well as having extensive experience working with medical grade skin care lines.

Starla thrives in an environment where she is able to help people feel their best while supporting their skin health and enjoys customizing treatments based on her clients’ individual skincare needs.

ALMA STEGLAU

Alma is a Licensed Aesthetician that has provided luxurious and corrective skin care services for 5+ years. She continues her education with post graduate courses and seminars to keep up with the latest technologies.

She holds several advanced esthetics certifications which include but are not limited to treatments of acne, hyperpigmentation, and anti-aging. She is also trained in several clinical and organic skincare lines.

A lifelong passion for skincare drives her desire to educate and help people feel good inside and out. Her gentle touch and technical skincare expertise will leave the skin wanting more!

WHITNI

With tenure experience in various roles within the Los Angeles dermatology community, Whitni joined Metropolis Dermatology as practice manager at a critical time; the very beginning of the global pandemic. As a native Angeleno and graduate of nearby California State University, Dominguez Hills, Whitni contributes a strong sense of pride in serving the Los Angeles community. As practice manager, she strives to be an effective yet compassionate team leader, who champions our mission to "Do Derm Differently", by supporting our clinical providers, actively advocating for our staff, and collaborating to cultivate authentic experiences for our clients.