A common concern for patients is redness on the skin. Often times the redness is caused by rosacea. Fortunately, we have an outstanding treatment to control rosacea.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a condition characterized by the appearance of redness on the face. This usually occurs in the central face on the nose and cheeks, but for some people it can spread to the entire face and even down to the neck. Sometimes you see generalized redness on the skin and in some people, you can see broken capillaries, particularly on the nose and cheeks. In some cases, bumps appear, making it look like acne; and sometimes rosacea is confused with acne. People with rosacea tend to have sensitive skin. With rosacea there are triggers that lead to the redness. Everyone is different, but common triggers include sun exposure, heat, cold, eating spicy food, drinking alcohol, and emotional stress.
How is rosacea treated?
Rosacea is a chronic condition that is controlled, not cured. The first thing to do is to identify the triggers for the individual and avoid them. Sunscreen is important for all patients with rosacea because the radiation from the sun can make everything worse, even if it is not a trigger. Dr. Alex recommends a sunscreen with SPF at least 30 every day. Rosacea patients love the Elta MD UV Clear sunscreen because it contains an ingredient called niacinamide. This is a vitamin B derivative which helps to reduce redness. Treatment for rosacea involves targeting the blood vessels in the skin. This can be done with lasers. Dr. Alex combines the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial with a laser skin tightening treatment. This combination is called the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation. The light from this treatment is absorbed by the blood in the skin and destroys the blood vessels in the skin. Overall patients see a significant reduction in redness and broken capillaries. Dr. Alex recommends an initial series of six monthly treatments followed by a single maintenance treatment every three months after that.