Rosacea affects millions of women and men and can interfere with day-to-day life. It is a chronic disease that may respond to oral and topical antibiotics, but some patients continue to have symptoms of persistent flushing even after taking antibiotics. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is another treatment for rosacea that has been shown through clinical research to be effective in reducing redness, flushing and acneiform breakouts for up to 77.8 percent of participants.
It also improved skin texture for 75 percent of participants. Not only did IPL reduce the symptoms, the effects were long lasting. In another study at the University of Utah, IPL therapy resulted in a reduction of telangiectasia, which are small, widened blood vessels.
Rosacea mainly affects the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. In some cases, it may affect the neck, shoulders or chest. The main symptoms of rosacea are pimples, redness because of the widened blood vessels, sore skin and thread veins. If it is not treated, it may develop into thick skin, especially on the nose.
Most people experience environmental triggers that worsen the symptoms. These triggers are sun exposure, hot baths or showers, over exercise where the person becomes flushed, wind constantly striking the face and drinking alcohol. Stress may also be a trigger.
Intense pulsed light treatment uses heat from multiple wavelengths of light to diminish the tiny red blood vessels that are visible just beneath the skin. The most difficult form of rosacea is the type that is not constant but only flushes bright red at certain times. However, this type can also be treated with IPL.
During a consultation with our specialist, your rosacea may be analyzed and the best treatment for you may be recommended. After treatment, your skin may seem pink and swollen, but we will give you ice packs to help relieve the symptoms.
The main benefit of IPL treatments for rosacea is long-lasting results. Your clear skin may last for several years. Some people have reported the results lasting up to eight years.
The number of treatments required to reach the desired results depends on the severity of the rosacea. They may be given about one month apart. It is important for you to stay out of direct sunlight before and after treatments.
There is no longer the need to treat rosacea constantly with topical creams and medicine. While IPL is not a cure, it reduces the appearance and symptoms for years, which may be the next best thing.
For more information, contact Fine Arts Skin and Laser today. Located in Dover, we will be happy to evaluate your condition and customize a treatment to benefit you.