Rosacea is a common type of skin condition that causes blood vessels on the face to be visible and a flushing of redness to appear. In some cases, rosacea can also cause small, pus-filled, red bumps. There is no cure for rosacea, but at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care there are options to treat and control the symptoms of rosacea and help reduce flare-ups. Rosacea clients might experience these flare-ups for weeks or even months at a time, causing not only redness but also a ruddiness to the skin and exacerbation of other skin conditions such as acne. An enlarged nose that looks bulbous, also known as rhinophyma, can happen in untreated rosacea over time. This occurs when the sebaceous glands of the nose and cheeks enlarge and a buildup of tissue occurs. Rosacea can also cause eye problems when ocular rosacea occurs, leading the way to irritated, swollen, dry eyes, and eyelids.
Rosacea can happen to anyone-men and women, but middle-aged women with fairer skin are more likely to experience it. It isn’t typically dangerous unless ocular rosacea occurs, but rosacea can be frustrating and may decrease self-esteem.
It is best to work with a professional to identify your unique rosacea triggers and to develop a treatment plan for rosacea symptoms. Some of the most common triggers include hot and spicy food, sunlight, red wine and other types of alcohol, changes in temperature, stress, exercise, and certain drugs that dilate blood vessels. Smoking can worsen rosacea, as can some topical products including makeup.
Once triggers have been identified, it is time to consider rosacea symptom treatments. The two best options are broadband light (BBL) therapy and Vbeam Perfecta. These two treatments are complementary and often used together with prescription topical and oral products to treat rosacea.
Broadband Light (BBL)
BBL or BroadBand Light by Sciton is the newest generation of intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. It can achieve great results in less treatments than other IPL systems! In addition to helping reduce rosacea flare-ups and background redness, BBL is also popular to help skin:
- Keep your skin looking younger and brighter by using it for” Prejuvenation”
- Reduce pigmentation like dyschromia and ephelides(freckles)
- Erase brown spots
- Minimize red spots (such as cherry angiomas)
- Treat active acne as well as reduce acne scarring
Vbeam Perfecta is a pulsed dye laser that sends fast bursts of light to the treatment site. Once the light touches the skin, it turns into heat that is absorbed by targeted blood vessels. Vbeam is commonly used to treat:
- Vascular Birthmarks as Port wine stain
- Post-procedural bruising
- Facial telangiectasias (spider veins) often associated with rosacea
- Red areas of keratosis pilaris
- Anything else that’s vascular, including rosacea
Reducing rosacea flare-ups and the severity of flare-ups requires a two-pronged approach: knowing and avoiding your triggers and minimizing flare-ups with laser and other treatments. Adopting a proactive approach to your rosacea can help keep flare-ups in check and give you back your confidence.
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Individual results may vary, please schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals and we’ll put together a custom treatment plan that’s right for your skin.
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