Rosacea is a very common skin condition caused by blood vessels on the face becoming more visible than is typical. Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care offers VBeam and broadband light (BBL) therapy to help reduce the appearance of rosacea, particularly as we enter the summer months. Rosacea has no cure, but there are means of minimizing its appearance so you can make the most of your summer months. Untreated, rosacea can sometimes present as small, red, pus-filled bumps and can produce flare-ups that last for months. Skin can look not only red, but also ruddy, and a bulbous nose (rhinophyma) can happen over time if rosacea is not controlled.
Anyone can struggle with rosacea, but middle-aged women with fair skin are especially prone to it. Rosacea isn’t dangerous, but it can certainly interfere with your social life and self-confidence if not treated by a professional. That’s why Zuzana Likar trains every staff member at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care to the highest of standards. There are means of controlling rosacea and it’s much easier than you might think.
Rosacea and Heat
There are many possible triggers for rosacea flare-ups, with the sun, heat, and humidity being common exacerbators. In fact, exposure to the sun is one of the most common rosacea triggers. One way to help with this is to commit to a medical-grade sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and a minimum of 5 percent zinc oxide. Having the right sunscreen and using it correctly is paramount for everyone, but especially rosacea sufferers. Sunscreen should be applied liberally 30 minutes before getting in the sun and reapplied every 75 minutes. It is critical not to miss around the eyes, which studies have shown is the most common place to bypass.
Keeping cool is also an important part of rosacea management. This can drastically reduce flare-ups. Stay in air conditioning on very hot days and schedule your outdoor tasks for early morning or in the evening. However, protecting your skin with sunscreen and keeping cool don’t always work to prevent rosacea. When that’s the case, it’s time to consider a light or laser treatment.
Keeping Your Rosacea in Check
Working with a professional like Zuzana and her team is the best way to identify your unique triggers and take care of rosacea flare-ups. Other triggers might include hot, spicy food, red wine and other alcohols, stress, working out, and some drugs that dilate the blood vessels. Knowing your triggers is an important step in rosacea management, but so is treating yourself with BBL and VBeam.
BBL is the latest generation of IPL, offering even better results and a more comfortable treatments. There are numerous benefits to BBL in addition to reducing redness caused by rosacea and other factors, such as minimizing brown spots, treating acne, and it’s also a fantastic “pre-juvenation” treatment to keep skin looking young and healthy.
Unlike BBL, VBeam uses a pulsed dye laser instead of light therapy. It delivers very fast bursts of light to the target site. When this light reaches the skin, it instantly turns into heat. This heat is then absorbed by the blood vessels. VBeam is exclusively used to treat unwanted redness, red spots, and hyperpigmentation. It reduces rosacea as well as vascular birthmarks, angiomas, bruising from other procedures, keratosis pilaris, and spider veins.
Get Your Rosacea Under Control Now
If you have rosacea, you might be dreading the summer months. It doesn’t have to be this way. Having a customized rosacea action plan in place is a must year-round, but right now is the perfect time to start working with an expert for your unique needs. Zuzana Likar is committed to giving every client the best results in the most comfortable of environments. A combination of VBeam, BBL, and knowing/avoiding your triggers is a fantastic solution for many clients.
Learn more about your options for reducing rosacea by scheduling your complimentary consultation today. Contact Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care via the online form or call the office to book your consult.