What to expect during treatment

It would be useful if you arrive with no makeup on. We apply a cold gel on the area to be treated. Dark glasses are also provided to protect your eyes from the bright light. The hand piece is gently applied to your skin and pulses of light are applied. the feeling of the light being applied has frequently been described as a slight sting and sometimes even as having a small rubber band flicked at your skin

During treatment the glass surface of the IPL hand piece is gently applied to the skin, normally by our trained nurse practitioner. Light is delivered to the skin surface in gradient movements.

IPL treats the damaged superficial layer of the skin, while delivering thermal energy to deeper tissue. Clinical studies are now available to measure the effect this energy has on collagen production, which helps firm and tighten the skin.

Why are multiple treatments necessary?

Depending on the number of conditions you are treating, and severity of the individual problem, a series of four to six treatment sessions may be recommended. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities.

By dividing the full program into several treatments the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk – and, it preserves the wonderful “no down time” feature that people really appreciate.

What does Rosacea look like?

There is no simple answer to this question, as Rosacea has four sub types and symptoms also vary from person to person. Symptoms may include facial blushing and flushing, burning, redness and small red bumps. These may come and go, and so the best way to find an answer is ‘if you think you might be developing Rosacea’, then visit a rosacea specialist; Pulse Light Clinic offer a free first consultation.

What is the cause of Rosacea?

Causes may vary from person to person, although there is a hereditary factor for some people. Redness in the face, often seen on the cheeks seems to be associated with the dilation of small visible blood vessels. Because there are four  different subtypes of rosacea, the cause of one type of rosacea  is often not the same as cause for another type.

Causes are quite diverse; for some people, it may be caused by triggers and diet, for others, it might be the sun and sun damaged skin, for others it might be made worse by alcohol and drinks.

Does it get worse as I get older?

Whilst it varies from person to person, and people of all ages can be affected, and whilst it is not predictable, it does tend to gradually get worse as a person gets older, especially if untreated.

Without treatment, it can (and often does) progresses from ‘early stages to middle stages’ in a year, whilst if the early stages has been identified and treatment commenced, progression could have been prevented.

Which Foods should I eat for Rosacea?

Again, there is no simple answer, this is because everyone is different, however there is no doubt that diet is important. Additionally some foods act as triggers.

Staff at Pulse Light Clinic have invested time and resources into research relating to diet and Rosacea. Lisa Borg (Dip BCNH) is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and a valued member of the ‘Pulse Light Team’. 

Because diet is so important, supplements are incorporated into treatment programmes. Vitamin and mineral supplements also help control flare-ups and have been shown as being effective in reducing symptoms; check out our page on  ‘Rosacea diet’. One of the main reasons why the Pulse Light Clinic gets such good results with treating Rosacea is because they use a combination of diet and IPL.