Rosacea is a long term skin condition that is characterized by redness on the face, small and superficial dilated blood vessels on the facial skin, papules, pustules, and swelling. Rosacea also affects people of all ages, and no test for rosacea is known. The only signs you have it is when the physical symptoms arise. Many go without signs of physical manifestation of rosacea, but those who have the issue seek to treat the redness and discomfort that comes with it. Treatments cannot cure rosacea, but can help alleviate the symptoms. Most treatments can be applied to the skin topically or involve laser treatment. If you are looking into treating your rosacea, look into one of these new treatments to help reduce your physical symptoms.
Some of the easiest treatments for rosacea include topical remedies that involve rubbing a solution or medicated ointment directly on the affected area. Two of the more popular approaches for topical remedies include brimonidine and α-adrenergic. These remedies are affective, but may cause additional redness unless the patient is properly prepared. This preparation includes good skin care, barrier repair, and managing any papulopustular rosacea under control prior to beginning the treatment. Only 10 to 20 percent of those treated with a topical remedy have the redness reaction, and it normally subsides within 24 hours of application of the treatment.
One topical treatment option that is currently being tested offers the benefits of brimonidine and α-adrenergic without the potential risks. Topical ivermectin and azelaic acid regularly applied is a new treatment option, but also offers much less risk in this rebounding redness effect of traditional topical treatments.
Dermatological vascular laser treatments offer a new treatment for rosacea using a laser or intense pulsed light machine that penetrates the epidermis to target the capillaries directly. The light from the laser is absorbed by the hemoglobin which heats up and causes damage the wall of the capillaries. This damage causes the capillaries to be absorbed by the body’s natural defense mechanisms and can help reduce the signs of rosacea significantly. With the right number of treatments, this method may eliminate the redness altogether, though you will need continued treatments if more capillaries cause new sites of rosacea.
If you are suffering from rosacea, we are here to help. If you would like a rosacea consult to see what treatment will work best for you, please call our offices to set up an appointment.