Everything You Need to Know About Rosacea Treatment
Rosacea is a long-term, chronic condition affecting the skin. It mainly affects the face, and it is more common in women and people with fair skin, although it can also affect men and men can suffer more severe symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms of Rosacea?
The first sign of this condition is usually a redness, rather like blushing, which comes and goes. It most often affects the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. Sufferers might also notice a stinging or burning feeling when they use skincare products or apply water to their face. Some people have dry skin and long-term sufferers may develop thickened skin, especially around the nose.
Other symptoms include swelling around the eyes, soreness of the eyelids, red and itchy eyes, sensitivity to light and a gritty feeling in the eyes. There is a risk for some patients with rosacea of developing more serious problems with their eyes, such as a painful inflammation of the front part of the eye. This is called rosacea keratitis and can cause blurred vision. It’s important to seek urgent medical attention if you notice any blurred vision or other severe eye symptoms.
Triggers for Rosacea
The cause of rosacea is unknown, but some people find that various triggers can make their symptoms worse. These include hot drinks, dairy products like cheese, spicy food, caffeine and alcohol.
Some people find that their symptoms worsen after aerobic exercise. Stress can also be a trigger. The condition is most likely to affect people in middle age.
What Treatments Are Available for Rosacea?
There are a few things you can do that might lessen your symptoms. If you suffer from rosacea it’s a good idea to use a high SPF sunscreen every day and also to choose gentle skincare products for sensitive skin. Where possible you should also try to cover your face if the weather is cold, and avoid humid conditions, strong heat and sunlight.
In terms of treatments, there are various options. Your specialist dermatologist might recommend the use of special cream or gel to apply to the skin, or they may suggest a course of antibiotics.
IPL Treatment for Rosacea
While there is no cure for rosacea, new technologies are being developed all the time which can help to control and improve symptoms. IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy is an effective and safe treatment which can alleviate inflammation and redness and reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone and spots.
IPL treatment is usually delivered in a course of between three and six sessions, approximately a month apart. Following this, your specialist may recommend maintenance treatments to help control symptoms and prevent future flare-ups.
You will need to avoid direct sun exposure during IPL treatment, and it might be necessary to perform a patch test prior to your first treatment.
At Your IPL Session
Before treatment, all make-up should be removed. Any skin that is not being treated will be covered up and protective eye goggles will also be provided. Each session will take roughly thirty minutes, with the IPL treatment itself only lasting for a few minutes.
Gel will be applied to the exposed skin, before the IPL treatment begins. Most patients find it painless, with some describing mild discomfort.
Afterwards, the gel will be removed ,and a soothing gel and sunscreen will be applied. There is likely to be some intense redness following treatment, but most patients experience less redness after their second and subsequent treatments. Following the initial redness, most patients report reduced symptoms within 72 hours of their first treatment.
At Your IPL Appointment
Your skin feels warm for about 20 minutes and may be more sensitive and delicate for the first few days. Don’t worry, this is normal!
Periorbital or cheek light redness caused by the IPL is minimal and transitory. You will be able to return to your regular days´ activities at work or at home immediately afterwards. You may use your normal cleaning routine and wear makeup if you wish to do so. We ask that you wear SPF Factor 50 and avoid retinol containing creams for a few days after treatment.
Book Your Specialist Appointment Now!
Rosacea is an unpleasant condition, but there is no need to suffer in silence. We would be delighted to see you at our clinic to discuss your needs and plan a treatment course that will help to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.