Finding a rosacea treatment that works can often leave you exhausting all skin creams available over the counter with little results.
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that mainly affects the skin across the cheeks, nose, and chin. It’s often mistaken as eczema, acne or a skin allergy.
Rosacea causes redness on the affected area, as well as red, pus-filled pustules. Other symptoms can include: flushing, burning and stinging sensations, and blood vessels in the skin becoming more visible. In the most severe cases, skin can thicken and enlarge, usually on the nose.
What causes Rosacea?
Unfortunately, the exact cause of Rosacea is unknown. However, there are a number of possible factors that may result in rosacea. These factors include abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face and a reaction to microscopic mites commonly found on the face.
While the exact cause of rosacea isn’t known, there are often ‘triggers’ that can cause an episode.
Common triggers include:
- Exposure to sunlight
- Strenuous exercise
- Changes in weather (hot or cold)
- Hot drinks
- Alcohol and caffeine
- Certain foods, such as spicy foods
Understanding and avoiding your common triggers can help with your treatment plan.
Rosacea Treatment Options
Although there are many rosacea treatments available on the NHS, sometimes they are not right for everyone, especially people who want to take a drug-free approach.
Our patients all have an individualised rosacea treatment plan suited to their condition and any subtypes of their rosacea/ acne rosacea may include.
Our expert clinicians will always put together a personalised plan in order to produce maximum results for each patient.
How do you treat Rosacea?
At LaserLife, we use Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) to treat Rosacea. This treatment is suitable for most people, however, some medications used to treat rosacea interact with IPL and contraindicate treatment.
Therefore, prior to treatment, you must first undergo a consultation. During this, we will obtain details about your medical history in order to confirm your suitability. We will also give you advice about your skin care routine at home and how to avoid common triggers. Before proceeding, we will ask you to give informed consent and we will also carry out a patch test.
How is rosacea treatment performed?
We recommend you arrive with no makeup on. We apply a cold gel on the treatment area. Dark glasses are also provided to protect your eyes from the bright light.
Next, the hand piece is gently applied to your skin which directs pulses of light. The feeling of the light for rosacea treatment is often described as a slight sting and sometimes even as having a small rubber band flicked at your skin
During treatment, the glass surface of the IPL hand piece is gently applied to the skin. This delivers light to the skin surface in gradient movements.
IPL treats the damaged superficial layer of the skin while delivering thermal energy to deeper tissue. The system filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by haemoglobinin (the blood in your problem vessels).
The light is then converted to heat, which destroys the protein in the wall of the blood vessels. This causes the vessels to gradually disappear up to 4 weeks after treatment.
Results can be visible straight away as some thread veins can disappear, or be less visible. With further treatment, these veins will disappear and are not likely to re-occur.
The number of rosacea treatments you need will vary for each person.
Typically, you will need a course of 6 treatments for optimal results, with treatments being every 4 to 6 weeks.
Rosacea can flare up again in the future; therefore you may require some maintenance after you complete the initial course. We can discuss the maintenance appointments during your consultation.
Following on from treatment:
The laser targets only the unwanted veins, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. You may experience some bruising or swelling after treatment, but this should subside within 72 hours.
It’s important to follow any aftercare advice following on from Rosacea treatment.
- No sun exposure for up to 30 days prior to treatment.
- No fake tan or gradual tan for 10 days prior to treatment
- Do not use topical retinol products in the treated area 3 days prior to treatment.
- Do not take Aspirin or anticoagulants 7 days prior to treatment, You may need a GP’s permission for this.
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