Rosacea Research

At the Pulse Light Clinic we are dedicated to achieve the most favourable outcomes for our clients, and as part of our commitment to this, we monitor each and every client extensively. In 2011 we witnessed and celebrated, successful treatment of Rosacea in hundreds of cases, including all four sub-types.

There is no known cure for Rosacea, however we at the Pulse Light Clinic direct our attention to accomplish a remission, this is our goal: few or no flushing episodes, paler/clearer complexion, and an absence of visible facial blood vessels.

It is now widely accepted that IPL is a very effective treatment for Rosacea, with study after study revealing similar statistics. The most famous study carried out by Schroeter CA et. al in 2005 concluded an average of 77.8% clearance of Rosacea lesions with minimal side effects, and that these results were maintained at follow-up which averaged around four and a half years.

There are various smaller studies following this one, with similar conclusions, which we are sure the Rosacea sufferer, in their quest for data about their condition, may already be familiar with.

IPL is now accepted as a proven technology for various skin and vascular issues and there is clearly no question that IPL has a profound and positive effect on redness, flushing, and the vascular lesions associated with Rosacea. During research for this article, we found a few people online who were unimpressed by their IPL therapy. On further examination, it appeared that their lack of success was closely related to the IPL practitioners’ inexperience of the technology and the condition of Rosacea itself. Conspicuously, finding the right practitioner with sufficient experience, with Rosacea treatment specifically is essential to a positive outcome.

Read on for more data about IPL therapy in the ‘Your Questions Answered’ Section. As a note:much of the remaining scientific research available appears to be conducted in order to support pharmaceutical drugs being developed for the condition. Our approach is “All-Natural, with minimal short-term side effects.”

While the statistics given in this report are not be to construed as ‘scientific’, they are nonetheless studies of real people with Rosacea, who have been assessed and treated by us. By means of collection of data from clients and our own observations, some remarkable findings have emerged, which are shared with you in this article as a means of assessing your own situation and encouraging you in your quest for relief from Rosacea and it’s impact on your life.

About IPL and Nutritional Therapy

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1. Is there any data the clinic can provide that helps the Rosacea sufferer understand what IPL treatment is, and why it works on their condition?

All the available scientific research data on how light affects blood vessels, both on the surface of the skin, and with the application of the correct wavelength, eradication of the vessels under the surface of the skin.

2. What is the average number of IPL treatments required to get Rosacea well controlled?

6 treatments

3. Is there any relevance to the number of treatments required in relation to the number of years the person has had Rosacea.

The condition is obviously worse the longer the person has had time to develop veins. A few broken veins on top of the usual flush is easier to handle within the 6 treatments than a face full of a well developed venous network, where a “rogue” network underlying the superficial veins, has also had time to develop.

4.Are a high percentage of people coming for IPL to treat Rosacea doing so because their Rosacea has worsened in the previous 6 months or are there just as many who are recently diagnosed?

Most come following an acceleration of the condition

5 What does the IPL practitioner notice is different about clients who are or have followed a nutritional balancing programme in conjunction with IPL, as compared to those who have not?

Reduction of flushing after an average of 3 IPL treatments

6. In light of the above, would you advise clients to get onto a nutritional balancing programme before reaching the mid-way point of their 6 IPL sessions to favour a faster outcome?

Definitely

7.How many people on record have the clinic seen that are now ‘Rosacea-free’

As you know the medical profession do not accept that a person can be Rosacea free, only symptom reduced. Monitoring the clients who underwent accompanying nutritional support in conjunction with IPL is without doubt the most successful outcome, but to give an accurate statistic on this would require follow up on those who completed both treatments.

8. What kind of Nutritional Balancing programme does an individual need to follow to support their IPL treatment?

Each individual is assessed on current symptoms, including their Rosacea and what triggers flushing, and a programme is developed in accordance with the Nutritional Therapist’s findings.

9.How is the assessment performed?

Initially two questionnaires are completed online, one is a Full Questionnaire that assesses all bodily systems, the other is a Digestive Questionnaire which looks at all factors of digestion which is commonly the most problematic system in those with Rosacea.

Once the responses are analysed, the client may be asked further questions, or requested to carry out a simple home test or two to check a suspected problem (such as low stomach acid). In some cases laboratory testing is advised where there are significant symptoms to suggest further investigation is necessary.

Then, when the Nutritional Therapist has a clear picture of the client’s personal health profile, she can tell them more precisely what programme of address she recommends and outline the costs involved. At this point they can decide to go ahead or not.

10.How long is the programme for?

It really depends on what needs to be addressed. In most cases a 6-8 week programme is followed and the person continues to get IPL, the earlier the person starts this programme the better. In other cases, clinical tests are undertaken such as Food Intolerance testing (blood), urine or stool sampling or Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.

This would be in cases where there were obvious signs and symptoms to suggest an underlying contributing factor that would hinder the more usual 6-8 week programme.

11. What does it involve?

For the majority of people, it is simply dietary changes (excluding some foods while introducing healthier options), a supporting supplement prescription, digestive address and a specific herbal tea therapy; this is what we have seen the best outcomes with.

Conclusion

Rosacea is a stressful condition to have, and it is not just a skin problem but rather a collection of underlying issues. Traditional treatment for Rosacea with the long-term use of antibiotics can lead to further undesirable symptoms.

In brief, the best outcomes, in our experience, are achieved with:

• Action taken in the following steps: Book your free consultation, get your skin-patch test, meanwhile, fill in the questionnaires for your personal Nutritional Evaluation, start your IPL and your nutritional balancing programme at the same time.

• Address your Rosacea at the earliest stage possible; do not wait until vast networks of facial vessels have developed.