Redness and irritation of the skin can be debilitating for people who are living with rosacea flare-ups. The longing for relief from flushing and redness is a daily reality. Rosacea is a chronic inflammation of the skin mostly on the cheeks, nose, and forehead. It can be a very challenging condition to treat, but thanks to breakthroughs in dermatology, there are several laser and pulsed light therapies that can help to soothe and diminish the characteristic redness associated with rosacea.
Rosacea affects approximately 5% of Americans and it can vary from mild to extreme. There are four subtypes that patients experience:
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is characterized by redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
- Papulopustular rosacea is characterized by acne, breakouts, and skin sensitivity.
- Phymatous rosacea causes swelling, fluid retention, and thickening of the skin.
- Ocular rosacea involves inflammation around the eyes.
The causes of rosacea are not fully understood and researchers now speculate that lifestyle may play a part in the development of rosacea. Dermatologists believe that the main cause is abnormalities in the facial blood vessels. Other experts suggest that H. pylori – a bacteria found in the gut – may play a role in rosacea development. Between 30% – 40% of people with rosacea have family members who also have/had the condition, indicating that the condition may be genetic.
There are many ingredients and organic essential oils that can greatly benefit patients who are experiencing rosacea. If you are treating rosacea topically, always use organic products. For more severe cases of rosacea, there are also laser and light therapy treatments that can calm flare-ups. Kwan Dermatology’s rosacea patients always express their satisfaction with our state-of-the-art laser and pulsed light treatments. Our advanced laser treatments send energy deep into the skin, diminishing redness and smoothing the skin’s texture. IPL, or intense pulsed light therapies, can also be extremely effective in diminishing redness and calming rosacea symptoms. Red light therapy is another effective treatment to heal rosacea. If you would like to calm your rosacea symptoms, please contact Kwan Dermatology to schedule a consultation.