Rosacea Awareness

Celebrated in April, Rosacea Awareness Month provides education and spread awareness of the condition. The goal is to actively spread public education on this disease so that more people who may have the condition seek medical help before it gets worse, and so those whose lives are affected can find greater public understanding.

Rosacea is a chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Many have observed that it typically begins any time after age 30 as a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may also occur on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Over time, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent, and visible blood vessels may appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. In many rosacea patients, the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot.

Although rosacea can affect all segments of the population, individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. While there is no cure for rosacea and the cause is unknown, medical therapy is available to control or reverse its signs and symptoms.

EFFECTIVE LASER TREATMENT WITH SIGNIFICANT RESULTS

How Does It Work on Rosacea?

Intense pulsed light treatments (IPL) can help reduce the redness, dilated blood vessels, and acne-like breakouts associated with rosacea. It does this by emitting high-intensity, non-laser pulses of light that penetrate the skin to very specific computer-controlled depths, but without damaging the top layer of skin.

IPL uses a wide spectrum of light. Different wavelengths of light are used to target different tissues in the skin. For example, wavelengths that can be absorbed by the reddish color of hemoglobin in blood vessels are used to remove the dilated “spider” veins associated with rosacea.
You can expect to see some results after a week or two. The Ellipse I2PL treatment of rosacea is not too painful; the light feels like the flick from a rubber band, followed by a slightly warm sensation similar to that experienced following a day in the sun. For optimal, long-lasting results, however, you’ll most likely need a short series of treatments—four to six, spaced a month or so apart. Effects can last for 12 months or longer.

LOOKING AFTER YOUR SKIN ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH IPL

You will need to set a good skincare routine in place, using professional products for sensitive skin and always making sure to include daily sunscreen protection also.

We recommend the Mary Cohr MultiSensitive range for keeping your skin looking it's best, as it gently calms & soothes delicate skin.