Rosacea treatment involves reducing facial redness and eliminating rosacea triggers that cause flushing. It is vital to reduce underlying skin inflammation to slow the progression of rosacea. With acne rosacea, antibiotics, topical creams and referral to a dermatologist may be required. Especially with more severe rosacea of nose, cheeks or eyes.
Dilated surface capillaries cause the facial redness, rosy cheeks and red nose from rosacea. To reduce the cosmetic appearance intense pulsed light or laser treatment for rosacea are effective. Reducing the inflammation involves a combination of eliminating rosacea triggers, skincare products and reducing stress.
Rosacea Treatment Overview.
IPL can be used to reduce the facial redness of rosacea. Reducing the inflammation underlying it requires other measures and often a combination of approaches is needed.
Laser Treatment for Rosacea.
Ipl or laser treatment for Rosacea reduces excess damaged blood vessels on your face and hence reducing facial redness. Most commonly IPL light therapy is indicated rather than laser treatment for rosacea. Although most people frequently refer to IPL treatment as laser treatment, they are different.
- A series of IPL treatments is advised for initial settling of the redness though this is dependent on your response.
- The majority of people with rosacea respond to IPL treatment.
- In some cases, a maintenance course is prescribed.
Q. When would laser treatment for rosacea become the first choice?
A. If there where large dilated vessels greater than 1mm in thickness.
What to expect with IPL treatment of Rosacea.
- IPL take 20-30 minutes to perform.
- The face tends to be redder initially after treatment as the IPL penetrates and irritates the offending capillaries.
- The acute redness settles in a couple of hours though in some with sensitive skin it can persist a couple of days.
- Mineral makeup can be worn the next day.
Rosacea Triggers and How To Avoid Them.
Avoidance of Rosacea triggers is vital to slow the progression of rosacea. Rosacea triggers vary among individuals. However, many common ones affect most people with acne rosacea.
Common Rosacea Triggers
- Hot spicy foods
- Hot drinks
- Hot water in shower
- Sun exposure
- Stress and anxiety.
Skincare that can Inflame Rosacea
Avoid skin care that irritates the rosacea is essential.
- Vitamin A
- Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA)
- Facial scrubs
- Chemical sunscreens ( instead use physical sunscreens containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide)
Recommended Creams for Rosacea Treatment.
Creams to reduce the inflammation and flare-ups.
- Use gentle cleansers such as Cetaphil.
- BHA or Azelaic acid
Recommended Prescription Medication
- Antibiotics can help reduce the inflammation of rosacea.
- In severe cases of rosacea not responding to oral antibiotics referral to a dermatologist may be necessary.
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What Causes Rosacea?
The cause of rosacea is not known. However, it is believed it is caused by infection in the skin. It is genetic and occurs commonly in fair-skinned people, most commonly over the age of 30.
Rosacea Face Presentation
Rosacea initially starts as a predisposition to facial flushing when exposed to specific triggers. Repeated flushing, progresses as surfaces capillaries, and blood vessels become permanently dilated. Damage to the lymphatic drainage of the skin from recurrent inflammation can also cause thickening of the skin. Left untreated rosacea progresses.
Most commonly rosacea presents are rosy or red cheeks but can present with a red nose, chin, eyes and even forehead. Acne rosacea is the medical term for all of the conditions, but it sometimes used when acne-like pustules form on the face. Rosacea of the nose rarely progresses with a condition called rhinophyma, with bulbous enlargement. Ocular rosacea causes irritation, redness of eyes and needs to be treated by an ophthalmologist.
Other Causes of a Red Face
Another common cause of rosy cheeks is surface capillaries caused by sun damage or trauma. Surface capillaries present as either discrete star burst broken capillaries or diffuse facial redness. Capillaries and diffuse redness can be treated without surgery using IPL or laser.
How To Treat Broken Capillaries On Face?
The Cutera IPL is a non-invasive approach to broken capillaries treatment on the face, neck and décolleté with fading of skin redness or capillaries.
What does the treatment do?
A pulse of light is delivered to your face that you feel like a mild stinging sensation.
- No anaesthetic is required
- The treatment will take about 1/2 hour
- There is no downtime, but maybe some redness after treatment that can last up to 2- 24 hours
- Makeup can be applied to hide this redness
How Many Treatments Are Required To Fade Capillaries On Face?
One to three treatments are usually sufficient to see results. Additional treatments may be recommended, especially for excessively sun damaged skin.
When Will You See Results?
The diffuse redness or broken capillaries decrease progressively with each treatment, and your mottled complexion improves after each treatment.
Will the spots and redness reappear over time?
New broken capillaries and diffuse redness on the face can appear with further sun damage; however, they too can be treated. Remember to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors to minimise sun damage and the appearance of new capillaries.
Are you concerned with broken capillaries?
We offer an obligation free consultation with our Therapist for you to discuss which treatments will help with facial redness, rosy cheeks or rosacea. We give you information on what is involved before, during and after treatment. At that assessment, we will do a skin typing, perform a test patch and provide an accurate quote.
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Laser treatment for Rosacea
Note: Laser treatment for rosacea is used interchangeably with IPL treatment for rosacea as both are light based treatments.