Exploring Rosacea Treatments

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What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic dermatological condition that primarily affects the central area of the face. This skin disorder is characterized by periodic flare-ups and remissions of raised red, pus-filled bumps. It is treatable, and early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the condition from worsening. Rosacea is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide and it can have a very significant impact on a person’s quality of life.

How Is Rosacea Diagnosed?

To diagnose rosacea, your dermatologist will examine your skin and eyes and also ask you questions. Before giving you a diagnosis, your dermatologist may need to ensure that you don’t have any other medical condition that resembles rosacea or causes a similar skin condition.  Examples are lupus or an allergic skin reaction.

Who Is At Risk For Rosacea?

Rosacea can develop in various ways and at any age. Typically, it occurs after age 30 and presents as flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead, which may come and go. Although it can affect anyone regardless of skin type or ethnicity, fair-skinned individuals who blush easily are at a higher risk. Women are more frequently diagnosed with the disorder, but men tend to experience more severe symptoms. There is evidence that rosacea may be genetic and is more common among people of northern or eastern European descent.

Is Rosacea Treatable?

Yes, rosacea is a treatable condition. However, due to the nature of rosacea and the fact that it is different on a case-by-case basis, treatment plans must be tailored to each individual.  Once your doctor or dermatologist has ruled out any other underlying medical conditions, there may be several different treatment options available for you.  Oftentimes, prior to any medications or topical treatments, your provider may want to get to the root of what causes your rosacea flare-ups. This will help to reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups in the future.

Are There Prescription Rosacea Treatments Available?

Certain individuals with rosacea can benefit from prescription medications. These medications work by reducing inflammation and redness, thereby alleviating the condition. While therapy may be more in demand during the summer months when rosacea is more noticeable, it is recommended to continue therapy throughout the year to maintain a consistent appearance. These prescription medications may include both oral and topical treatments.

What Other Rosacea Treatments Are Available?

As previously discussed, there are many options available for the treatment of Rosacea.  One of the most effective options available is the IPL Photofacial. The use of intense pulsed light uses specific wavelengths to target those pigmented areas of the skin. Typically, the patches of redness or hyperpigmentation of the skin are fragmented, absorbed, and eliminated into the bloodstream.

Where Can I Find IPL Photofacial Treatments For Rosacea Near Me?

Lucky for you, we offer this service in three convenient locations!  At Advanced Medical Spa, we offer the Lumecca IPL Photofacial, the most advanced and powerful IPL treatment available. Our medical providers consider it the best treatment for rosacea. However, during your initial consultation, we can help you find the right treatment. For example, InMode’s Morpheus8 RF Microneedling treatment can also significantly improve rosacea-related discoloration.

How Do I Prepare For IPL Photofacial Treatments?

Before your IPL procedure, it is important to avoid tanning or direct sunlight exposure in the treatment area for at least two weeks. Sun exposure can stimulate melanin production, which may interfere with the results of your treatment. It is recommended to use a zinc-based sunscreen, even if you are stepping outside for a short period of time. Additionally, it is important to keep your skin hydrated by moisturizing regularly. Hydrated skin is more likely to produce better results and promote healing. Avoiding the use of certain types of retinoid serums or creams is also recommended, as they can cause skin sensitivities.

Do IPL Photofacial Treatments Hurt?

Typically, patients receiving IPL photofacial treatments do not describe it as painful.  The sensation is usually described as that of a rubber band snapping against the skin. At Advanced Medical Spa, we apply gel to help ensure the utmost comfort during your treatment.

Are The Results Of IPL Photofacial For Rosacea Long Term?

Typically, the results from Lumecca IPL Photofacial treatments are considered long-term, lasting between 6 and 12 months.  However, in order to prolong and maintain your results, proper aftercare and ongoing skincare are very important.  We most often recommend using ISDIN Skincare products for aftercare to all of our patients, and we even have a wide variety of these in stock and available to you.

Can Changing Your Diet Help Rosacea?

Inflammation plays a crucial role in the appearance of rosacea symptoms, including redness, bumps, and pimples. A healthy diet that includes anti-inflammatory foods can help manage these symptoms effectively.

What Nutritional Deficiency Causes Rosacea?

Some researchers say deficiencies in Vitamin B6, Selenium, and Magnesium can cause blood vessels to dilate, particularly on the nose and cheeks. Another common nutritional deficiency in rosacea is Vitamin B12, a large vitamin that needs a carrier molecule for transportation throughout the body. We can help determine what your body is missing with a Wellness Evaluation and labs, and we make nutritional supplements available onsite for our patients.

What Calms Rosacea Flare-Ups?

Applying cool compresses, fragrance-free moisturizers, and over-the-counter rosacea treatments with vitamin B3 can relieve the irritation and itchiness of the skin.

How Do I Get Started With Rosacea Treatments?

That’s easy. Just schedule an evaluation at one of our Med Spas, and we will help you determine the best treatment for you.

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