Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes pimples and redness on the face. The face, chest, and/or eyes may also be affected. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. Men and women affected by rosacea often feel self-conscious and this increases as the rosacea worsens.
How is rosacea treated?
Rosacea will require lifelong therapy. It can be treated with gentle cleansers, topical creams and sunscreens, oral medications, and finally, laser therapy.
Can lasers treat rosacea?
Lasers have an important role in rosacea treatment, and are used in conjunction with topical and oral medications. The development of broken blood vessels on the face is common in people with rosacea. Once present the vessels will not go away with topical or even oral medication. Treatment with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is required to remove these red blemishes, and also reduces overall facial redness. This treatment is a quick office procedure that destroys these broken blood vessels without wounding or damaging the skin. Typically, two to three treatment sessions are required. However, over the years new blood vessels will form requiring further treatment.
Can the symptoms of rosacea worsen over time?
Yes. If you are experiencing rosacea, it is best to treat it early to prevent the development of more permanent or disfiguring forms.