Rosacea treatment can be broken down into five main approaches. The best plan is determined by the Rosacea subtype. At Skin Revision, we are excited to be one of the first clinics in Queensland to introduce Kleresca – a new rosacea treatment. Other treatment approaches include laser treatment of rosacea, prescription medical treatments, reducing rosacea triggers and diet interventions to minimise underlying inflammation.
- Kleresca – new rosacea treatment is effective for subtypes 1, 2 & 3. It works to reduce the underlying inflammation without the need for antibiotics or prescriptions. It helps minimise transient redness, acne rosacea, the inflammation and swelling of the skin and early phyma. Because it addresses the underlying inflammation Kleresca acne treatment should prevent the progression of Rosacea.
- Laser treatment of rosacea with IPL works by reducing the appearance of superficial non-transient capillaries. It can have some small effect on reducing inflammation but has no impact on the progression of the condition. Laser treatment of IPL is the most effective treatment to reduce the appearance of chronically dilated facial capillaries and can be used in combination Kleresca rosacea treatment or medical treatments.
- Elimination of rosacea triggers with diet and lifestyle intervention. It is understood that certain foods and other factors are triggers for flushing in rosacea. These vary between individuals. Identifying and minimising exposure to these, though not a cure for rosacea, can help slow the progression.
- The rosacea diet: Though not clearly understood, there is growing evidence of a link between gut bacteria and rosacea. This has lead to the development of rosacea diet which considers the role of a fibre rich prebiotic food in gut microbiome health and its role in settling systemic inflammation and skin conditions.
- Medical treatment of rosacea focuses on prescription topical creams, prescription oral antibiotics and medicines that impact on vessel reaction.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is caused by chronic inflammation of the skin. Though the cause is not fully understood, the gene variations that underlie a predisposition to rosacea have been identified. These gene variations are responsible for the disruption of the innate immune system in people with rosacea. Which lead to an abnormal release of inflammatory cytokines in response to various triggers.
- It affects mainly fair-skinned people with up to 15% of some European population affected.
- It affects the central face region predominantly, specifically cheeks, chin and central forehead.
- In the early stages, it appears with recurrent flare-ups, that can be precipitated by trigger factors.
- Left untreated rosacea progresses with chronic dilation of capillaries, increased number of surface capillaries, development of sterile papules and pustules (acne rosacea) and swelling of skin tissue (phyma).
The main symptoms are facial redness with small visible capillaries, easily flushed and sensitive skin. Other variations include acne rosacea which presents with papules and pustules, rhinophyma which causes enlarging of the nose and ocular rosacea which presents with redness and swelling of the eyelids and eyes.
The 4 Subtypes of Rosacea:
- Subtype 1. Presents with facial redness, flushing and visible facial capillaries.
- Subtype 2. Called acne rosacea because it presents with papule and pustules that look like acne. Acne rosacea affects women more commonly.
- Subtype 3. Rosacea of the nose, known as Rhinophyma presents with thickening of the nose skin. This is rare and affects men more commonly.
- Subtype 4. Ocular rosacea where the symptoms occur in the eye area.
Kleresca is capable of treating Subtype 1, 2 & 3 using fluorescent light to stimulate your skin’s repair pathways.
A Multi-Pronged Approach to Rosacea Treatment.
Rosacea treatment involves a multi-pronged approached which is aimed at reducing skin inflammation, treating facial redness and eliminating rosacea triggers that cause flushing. It is vital to reduce underlying skin inflammation to slow the progression of rosacea.
- Reducing rosacea inflammation: Can be achieved with Kleresca rosacea treatment, dietary intervention, lifestyle intervention to reduce rosacea triggers. Topical and oral antibiotics also principally act via a decrease in inflammation (not through anti-bacterial action)
- Treating facial redness: Laser treatment of rosacea with IPL is well established to improve the cosmetic appearance of rosacea by reducing superficial capillaries.
Once there are fixed dilated surface vessels laser or IPL treatment is the only option. Early intervention to eliminate rosacea triggers and skin inflammation with Kleresca and the rosacea diet may prove invaluable to prevent the progression of the condition.
New Rosacea Treatment
It is a long time since a new rosacea treatment has been introduced, so we are very excited to be offering Kleresca to our client. It provides a safe, pain-free treatment to help settle the chronic inflammation of rosacea.
Call us on 3350 5447 to book a free assessment to find out more about this amazing therapy.