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Rosacea Treatment

Which Rosacea Treatment Works?

A fifth of rosacea sufferers has reported a severely impaired health-related quality of life because of their skin condition. People often unknowingly use products or experience external factors that make their burning sensation and rosacea symptoms worse.

This really is quite a lot of people who are dramatically impacted by rosacea, considering that it is a common skin condition. And, for most people with rosacea, it doesn’t need to be this way as there are many things that can be done in the management of rosacea- I’ll get the ins and outs of this in just a minute after I’ve given a brief overview of the different types of rosacea (after all, if you understand what kind of rosacea you have, you can better understand what treatment(s) you require to best help with treating rosacea and why).

Recommended Treatments For Rosacea:

At The Skin to Love Clinic you will start your journey with a consultation with our medical team who will assess your concern and discuss treatment options with you. Treatment options include Veinwave and Regenlite and Byonik

  Regenlite  veinwave  Byonik

 

Rosacea Treatment

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that’s classified into four subtypes that may overlap. It is not contagious, and it is not life-threatening. Other symptoms and rosacea signs include a burning or stinging sensation, enlarged blood vessels and skin bumps. Rosacea affects you by appearing as visible blood vessels, acne rosacea also affects rosacea patients. Severe rosacea can be managed with topical treatments to help reduce visible blood vessels.

It is generally noticed on the cheeks, chin nose and forehead. In some cases, it can affect the eyes. Rosacea is treated with topical treatments, oral antibiotics or intense pulsed light treatments.

Rosacea Treatment

How to Treat Rosacea

Anecdotally, this condition seems to run in some families but, at the moment the cause of rosacea, and what makes your symptoms worse, is unknown. This also means that there is no cure or way to treat rosacea. However, for people with rosacea, there are multiple ways of managing rosacea symptoms.

At our skin clinic, we offer rosacea treatment for type 1 rosacea and type 2 rosacea, so I’ll be focusing on this; if you have ocular rosacea you will need to seek out the advice of an ophthalmologist (an eye doctor). Those with type 3 rosacea can also have their symptoms treated; there are oral prescription medications that are used to improve the symptoms as well as some lasers which remove the excess tissue.

Rosacea Treatment Options

For ease, I’ll break down the type of treatment for rosacea by the rosacea symptom they treat. Thread veins can be treated by shutting down the little blood vessel and preventing it from filling up with blood; this results in your body naturally reabsorbing and removing the vessel.

At Skin to Love, we offer two skin treatments that do this. The first treatment is called Veinwave which uses a technique called thermocoagulation. Veinwave involves using a tiny, fine insulated needle that is carefully applied to the targeted vessel, heating it and destroying it. The surrounding tissue is not affected by the treatment.

Our second option is laser treatment for thread veins. The particular laser technology is called ‘pulsed dye laser’ and the brand we use at our skin clinic is Regenlite. This laser treatment is set to target haemoglobin; once the laser energy is omitted, the blood in the targeted area (in this case the small blood vessel) safely absorbs it and in turn, the blood vessel is destroyed and naturally removed, much like in the Veinwave treatment.

Veinwave

  1. Veinwave

It is worth mentioning that with any type of non-surgical vascular treatment, some blood vessels can refill and surface again and new blood vessels will still have the ability to present themselves in the future so, in some instances, occasional maintenance treatments may be required to keep on top of these symptoms.

A skin care professional should be able to offer you advice on your specific needs and daily routine, but some general advice would be not to scrub your skin when cleansing it, as this can make redness worse and, as we know UV rays can trigger flare-ups in rosacea symptoms, make sure that you use a daily sunscreen of 30SPF or higher.

Regenlite

  1. Regenlite

Regenlite is a pulsed dye laser that, uses intense pulsed light to help reduce and manage background redness (not just the broken veins). Multiple studies show significant improvements in skin redness following the pulsed dye laser for rosacea, which is used for erythema in the same way you use it for specific broken vessels.

The laser targets blood vessels below the surface of the skin, in the desired area(s), and is absorbed by the haemoglobin. In turn, the blood vessels which so often dilate in rosacea skin and cause the red, flushed appearance is destroyed.

Byonik with the Skin to love clinic

  1. Byonik

Byonik is another skin treatment that you can consider for treating rosacea. Not only does it improve skin health and hydration, which is super important especially when our skin is compromised by conditions such as rosacea or acne, but it also helps to reduce background redness.

One important element of the Byonik treatment is low-level light therapy. Low-level light therapy (also known as cold laser therapy) improves skin inflammation and promotes skin healing (in fact, red light therapy is used for those with eczema and psoriasis) which helps to reduce the background redness in your skin.

What Are The Types Of Rosacea?

Type 1 aka Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea.

This is the most common type and is characterised by facial redness (erythema), spider or broken veins (also known as telangiectasia) and flushing. The sensations of stinging and burning are not unusual in the areas of this type of rosacea.

Facial redness is a persistent and, often, permanent aspect of rosacea. Flare-ups of redness can be triggered by stress, the sun, some food and alcohol.

Telangiectasia is a very small, blood vessel that can be seen on the surface of the skin.

Flushing is similar in appearance to skin redness but is often accompanied by the feeling of warmth; flushing is generally short-lived, whereas redness is more of a permanent feature of the condition.

Type 2 aka Papulopustular (sometimes called Inflammatory Rosacea).

This subtype presents with skin redness and broken blood vessels with pustules and papules (spots and bumps) in the area. Similarly to type 1, type 2 rosacea can be accompanied by stinging and burning sensations.

Type 3 aka Phymatous Rosacea.

This type of rosacea presents with a thickening of the skin. Different areas of the face have specific terms to describe this thickening; Rhinophyma is on the nose (this has previously been referred to as drinkers’ nose), Gnathophyma is on the chin and Metophyma is on the forehead.

Type 4 aka Ocular Rosacea.

This type of Rosacea affects the eyes rather than the skin. Those with type 4 rosacea may have eyes that are red and irritated looking; blurred vision; inflammation and cysts on the eyelids; and they may notice that their eyes are constantly watering or feel dry.

Rosacea Treatment FAQs

Can Topical Treatments Treat Rosacea?

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Topical medications can be used to help soothe persistent symptoms of rosacea, especially those containing azelaic acid. Treatments for facial skin problems can be supplemented with oral medications.

What Causes Facial Redness?

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Facial redness is one of the primary features of rosacea. As the condition develops, the central part of the face becomes a darker shade of red and the skin can feel lumpy. Other symptoms include burning or stinging in the face, dilated blood vessels that are visible and obvious, bumps, spots, pustules, painful swelling and infection in and around the eyes, dryness and sensitivity to light. Those with sensitive skin are especially affected by skin irritation and redness.

How Can I Remove Visible Blood Vessels?

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Laser treatments can reduce the appearance of these blood vessels. We use specific wavelengths of laser light, It’s like creating a controlled injury to the blood vessel, so the walls of the vessel get inflamed and irritated, and then they close.

Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.

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