ROSACEA AND REDNESS
Red skin isn’t necessarily a sign of a skin problem, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. While redness can be due to irritants, sun exposure, insect bites, or countless medical conditions, it can also be a symptom of rosacea. This condition affects an estimated 14 million Americans, and is most common in middle-aged women with fair skin. It can be acute or chronic, disappearing and reappearing over time and changing in intensity. If left untreated, rosacea can actually worsen over time, with new flare-ups becoming more intense.
Treat both generalized redness and rosacea with a selection of cosmetic procedures. These options will help you minimize redness and improve skin tone and texture.
COMMON ROSACEA SYMPTOMS
- Redness on the face
- Small, pus-filled bumps
- Swollen, red bumps
- Eye problems like dryness and irritation
- In some cases, thickened nose skin (most common in men)
Whether you have Rosacea or just localized redness, stimulating the skin will help improve discoloration and clear your complexion.
TREAT ROSACEA AND REDNESS IN ONE SESSION
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense Pulsed Light, or photo rejuvenation, is a device that emits different wavelengths of light and therefore can treat a more broad range of skin issues. The IPL device was created to treat combinations of skin issues. The definition of an IPL can help you better understand why the IPL can best treat your combination of skin concerns. A series of four to six IPL treatments can significantly reduce facial redness. The device is scanned over the entire area. The skin is mildly more red for only a few hours. There is no break in the skin, no wound care required, and no need to change your regular daily schedule or activities. Regular treatments at varying intervals help maintain your results. The IPL treatments may remove some of the brown sun damage spots as well as the redness.
In a few small studies, lasers were used to treat permanent redness on the face or the redness surrounding acne-like blemishes. Some patients saw a considerable reduction in redness. Most patients, however, had about a 20% reduction in redness.
What are the possible side effects from lasers and light treatments?
- After treatment, it’s common to see some redness. This usually fades within 2 weeks.
- You may also see a rash of purple or red spots. These, too, tend to clear in 1 to 2 weeks.
- During treatment, some patients experience skin tightening, itch, or pain.
- Scarring is rare in skilled hands.
- While the instructions about sun protection may seem unnecessary, sun protection is really important. Staying out of the sun and protecting your skin from the sun’s rays help prevent permanent scars.
Microdermabrasion is a technique for removing the topmost layer of skin leaving it supple and vibrant. The microdermabrasion wands with diamond tips remove this layer of skin by gently exfoliating the skin with natural diamond chips, while at the same time vacuuming the dead skin cells away in a sterile and controlled manner. Removing this outer layer of dead skin cells leaves a smoother texture and promotes the growth of healthy new skin cells.
TRIGGERS FOR ROSACEA
- Hot or cold temperatures
- Hot baths
- Hot or spicy foods or drinks
- Intense exercise
- Medicines such as blood pressure drugs or steroids you put on your skin