Millions of people are affected by Rosacea, a disorder that is somewhat similar to acne, with the appearance of redness and irritation. This condition differs from acne, however, there is no clear cause, and further symptoms can develop, such as:
- Red bumps or diffuse facial redness
- Blushing or flushing easily
- Visible blood vessels
- Stinging or burning sensation on the skin
- Highly sensitive skin
- Dry, irritated eyes
Our practice offers various treatment options to address the symptoms of Rosacea, and tailors treatment to meet the needs of each individual patient, as everyone is different.
One option to treat the redness of Rosacea is with the KTP vascular scanner or “IPL(intense pulsed light)”. This non-invasive laser skin rejuvenating treatment is gentle enough to tolerate without anesthesia, although numbing cream is available for those who so desire it. Throughout treatment, which may take up to thirty minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated, a slight warming sensation may be felt. Treating the skin with the KTP laser results in reduced redness, diminished sun spots, and a decrease in visible broken blood vessels. Photodynamic treatments can also be performed for more advanced cases. The light is augmented with a topical product applied to the skin called Levulan. This is 6-aminolevulinic acid and it makes the light more powerful, although there is more downtime post treatment.
Laser therapy may also provide relief from the symptoms of Rosacea. Specifically, this form of treatment is ideal for the removal of unsightly facial veins that may develop due to this common skin condition, or from hormonal changes or the aging process. Laser therapy for unwanted veins, on either the face or the legs, delivers light into blood vessels, where it is absorbed. The blood becomes heated by the absorption of light, and it subsequently coagulates. Without the support of fluid, the treated blood vessel collapses and is absorbed into the body.
Rosacea is a chronic condition for which there may be no cure, but several ways to manage the symptoms. Our professional team is well versed in the diagnosis and treatment of rosacea, including guidance for the avoidance of triggers through lifestyle changes. At this time, this skin condition is thought to have multiple triggers, which include:
- Extreme temperatures
- Strenuous exercise
- Stress, including embarrassment that causes blushing
- Spicy foods
- Certain medications
If you experience the symptoms of Rosacea, there is hope for reduction through proper treatment. Contact the Washington Dermatology Center for your visit with Dr. Prussick.