What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by redness of the skin. This redness tends to come and go, appearing in flare-ups and then subsiding. The cause of rosacea is unknown although it is more common in people with fair skin who flush easily. It can develop anywhere on the body, but is most often found on the face.
Rosacea is also progressive, which means that symptoms can become worse and last longer over time. For example, you may initially have a heavy blush which becomes redder and longer lasting. As the symptoms become more persistent, you may also develop visible blood vessels. Rosacea can also develop into bumps and pimples, even swelling the nose if left untreated and unmanaged.
How is rosacea treated?
Treatment for rosacea varies, depending on the needs of each individual patient. Lifestyle management is part of the treatment for everyone, and treatment methods will address the unique triggers experienced by each person.
It is generally recommended to use gentle cleansers and skin care products and to avoid abrasive washcloths or products. You should also be careful about sun exposure and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day.
If your rosacea has progressed to the point where your skin is permanently red, laser treatment can help to even out your skin tone and reduce the ruddiness of your complexion.
How does laser treatment reduce skin redness?
Laser treatments work by targeting and breaking up the tiny blood vessels that cause the ruddy complexion associated with rosacea. Rosacea patients not only notice a more even skin tone, but laser treatments can also reduce the appearance of the blood vessels common in more developed cases of the condition.
Laser therapy works on age spots and other forms of skin discoloration as well. The laser can be calibrated to target and break up melanin. Melanin are the skin cells responsible for color. Age and sun damage cause melanin cells to group together causing skin discoloration.
If you want an even skin tone or are concerned about rosacea and other forms of discoloration call CHI Medical Center or book an appointment online today.