Rosacea is a condition that causes small, red, pus-filled bumps on the face. While it most commonly affects middle-aged women with fair skin, it can affect anyone. Signs and symptoms may flare up for a few weeks or months before going away for an undefined amount of time.
Common rosacea symptoms include:
- Facial redness: Persistent redness in the middle of the face is common. Small blood vessels in the cheeks and nose may swell.
- Swollen, red bumps: Pimples that look like acne may occur. They sometimes contain pus and may cause the skin to become hot and tender.
- Eye problems: Individuals with rosacea often experience irritated, dry, or swollen eyes. This is known as ocular rosacea.
- Enlarged nose: Over time, rosacea can cause the skin on the nose to thicken, giving it a bulbous appearance.
Rosacea Prescription Treatment
Some patients with rosacea respond to prescription medications. These medications curb the condition by decreasing inflammation and redness. Although therapy may be most sought-after in the summer months when rosacea appears more prominent, it is advised to use therapy year-round to help maintain a consistent appearance.
Rosacea Laser Treatment
Some patients with rosacea require a bit of extra help with redness-reducing treatment, commonly known as IPL (Intense pulsed light). It aims to rid the skin of unwanted redness, pigment, or unevenly toned areas. IPL offers a gentle, long-lasting solution for those suffering from Rosacea by providing a gradual and natural improvement to the skin’s appearance.
Intense pulsed light uses several wavelengths of light during treatment. This light is more scattered and less focused than a laser. It penetrates the epidermis, causing less damage to the skin. Pigment cells in the skin absorb the light energy, which is then converted into heat. This heat destroys unwanted pigment to clear up redness in the skin.
Before IPL treatment, your skin will be numbed with an anaesthetic cream. Then, the targeted area will be cleaned. Then, the IPL device will apply light pulses to the skin. Patients will need to wear glasses during treatment to protect the eyes. While treatment is not painful, it may feel similar to being snapped with a rubber band. Treatment usually takes 20-30 minutes to complete, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Who is a Good Candidate for Rosacea Laser Treatment?
Anyone with rosacea that causes discomfort or self-consciousness can benefit from rosacea laser treatment. An in-person assessment at DermAtelier on Avenue is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment option.
What to Expect After Rosacea Laser Treatment?
Following IPL treatment, patients should be able to return to their regular activities while performing strict sun avoidance. The treated area(s) may be red, swollen, or sensitive for a few hours, feeling similarly to a sunburn. Avoidance of hot water on the skin also helps limit discomfort. For best results, individuals may need to have 3-6 treatment sessions spaced about one month apart. We recommend avoiding sun exposure after and in between treatment sessions to maximize treatment benefit.
Contact Us Today
If you are unhappy with the look of your rosacea and would like to learn more about your treatment options, contact our office today! Your first step will be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Beach, during which she will gather the information she needs to determine the best treatment option for you