What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a medical condition wherein the veins in the face enlarge giving the face a red appearance. It typically begins after the age of thirty, though it can start before. It begins as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, which at first just come and go, but as time passes the redness tends to get darker and more chronic.
Left untreated veins start to become visible, bumps and pimples start to develop and in more severe cases the nose can become swollen and bumpy and the eyes irritated, watery and bloodshot.
There are four subtypes of rosacea:
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR): associated with facial redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
- Papulopustular (or acne) rosacea: associated with acne-like breakouts. It often affects middle-aged women.
- Rhinophyma rosacea: associated with thickening of the skin on the nose. It usually affects men.
- Ocular rosacea: associated with inflammation that causes redness, burning, and itching of the eyes.
What Causes Rosacea?
Unfortunately there is no definitive answer to this question and doctors and scientists are still undertaking research on the subject. There are certain know factors, such as diet, abnormalities in facial blood vessels and hereditary influences.
Causes do vary from person to person, specifically depending on the different sub-type being suffered from. There is no cure currently, and so all treatments are symptom based.
How We Can Help:
There is no cure for rosacea so the best available treatments tackle the symptoms and lifestyle factors concurrently. Here at Pulse Light Clinic we do both, with our IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment for the symptoms and consultations with our nutritional therapist for lifestyle help.
The IPL device emits a range of light waves which are precisely calibrated to target the haemoglobin in the blood vessels. These light beams pass through your skin and are absorbed by the haemoglobin resulting in damage to the blood vessel wall. This controlled injury to the blood vessels triggers the body’s natural response to break down and remove the damaged tissue, thereby reducing redness.
Our lifestyle help involves a rosacea trained nutritional therapist. You will have a consultation and go over diet and factors that may be triggers for you. A plan will be drawn up and further consultations arranged as required.
IPL combined with dietary changes and supplementation are by far the best combination that we have found, and provide an excellent rosacea treatment that really works.
Your Next Step:
The first thing you should do is book yourself in for a free consultation. There is no need do anything before your consultation, though arriving without any makeup on can be helpful.
During the consultation, you will show the affected areas to the technician who will be able to recommend the best course of treatments and answer any questions that you may have.
Following that you will have a free patch test. That is the use of the IPL equipment on a small affected area to see how your skin reacts to it.
Once you have shown no adverse reactions to the trial you can get booked in for a full course of treatments.