Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by redness, flushing pimples, and, in advanced stages, thickened skin. Rosacea usually occurs on the face, and presents with flushing on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. Adult women are afflicted more often than men by rosacea, and its onset might be accompanied by a burning sensation or sensitivity. Rosacea is a chronic disorder and is typically characterized by relapses and remissions. It may also make the skin more sensitive to lotions or makeup. Treatment for rosacea may include medical therapy and lifestyle modifications. A broad-spectrum SPF is recommended daily, as well as skin care products that do not contain harsh chemicals or ingredients that may irritate or cause a rosacea flare. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, a topical prescription cream or oral medication may be recommended. Also, we advocate watching for triggers, which may not be the same from one person to the next, and continuing therapy seem to help prevent recurrence of symptoms. Common triggers include stress, sun exposure, hormonal changes, alcohol intake, and spicy foods.
In addition to medical treatment, many rosacea sufferers also seek cosmetic treatments to treat signs and symptoms of the disorder. IPL is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed on rosacea sufferers to treat and remove visible blood vessels or reduce redness.
Our staff of professional providers are passionate about rosacea care. There are several simple ways to calm and treat rosacea. Dr. Jennifer Myers and her staff specialize in the treatment of rosacea and helping our patients establish a custom treatment plan for all types of rosacea. For more information about rosacea, please visit www.rosacea.org for a wealth of information and patient education materials. Also, the National Rosacea Society has a Facebook page you may like.
IPL Photo Rejuvenation
For many patients frustrated with topical and/or oral medications to treat rosacea or melasma, IPL is the preferred treatment method for long-lasting results. These laser and light therapies can be used alone or in combination with other lasers and/or with skin fillers. Patients are often amazed that IPL offers such dramatic results with no downtime!This treatment works by sending a low-energy beam of light directly into the affected skin while maximizing both patient comfort and safety at all times. Facial redness, dialtes veins, hemangiomas, port wine stains, unwanted pigmentation (melasma), dull skin tone, and fine wrinkles can all be improved with fewer, more comfortable treatment sessions.