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A Rosy Outlook For Rosacea

by Cindy L. Sult, RN & Kathy Sargenti |

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects adults between the ages of 30 & 60, affecting both men & women. It is progressive, meaning that if left untreated it will get worse over time. While Rosacea is not curable, it can be effectively controlled with appropriate treatment.

Types of Rosacea
Erthematotelangiectatic: This is the most common form of rosacea, characterized by flushing, redness of the skin and may also include visible blood vessels, often known as spider veins.

Ocular rosacea: This affects the eyes. It causes irritated watery & bloodshot eyes, as well as irritated & scaly eyelids. If left untreated, it can lead to vision loss.

Phymatous rosacea: This causes skin thickening, most often around the nose resulting in rhinopyma (enlargement of the nose) from the excess tissue.

Papulopustular rosacea: This is characterized by persistent redness with transient pimples & bumps – often called acne rosacea.

Rosacea usually appears in phases, often beginning with the tendency to flush or blush easily and progressing to a persistent redness in a particular area of the face, such as the nose or cheeks. As it progresses, vascular rosacea may develop and small blood vessels swell and become visible. The skin may become very sensitive and reactive to skin care products, which contain acids, alcohols or other irritants. Further Inflammation can develop resulting in small red pustules spreading across the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.

While the cause of Rosacea isn’t known, it is clear that a number of factors aggravate Rosacea by increasing the blood flow to the surface of the skin. These include hot foods or beverages, spicy foods, alcohol, temperature extremes, sunlight, stress, anger or embarrassment, strenuous exercises, hot baths, saunas, corticosteroids, and any drugs that dilate blood vessels. While it isn’t practical to avoid all of these, it is helpful to be aware of these triggers and avoid them when possible.

Receiving appropriate treatment at the first signs of Rosacea can slow the progression. Laser treatments are especially effective at treating Rosacea, without the side effects of topical or oral medications. A photo facial is a treatment that heats up the deeper layers of the skin (the dermis), stimulating collagen production, the foundation for building smoother skin. A side benefit is that it also closes down tiny veins. Photo facials are especially useful in treating Rosacea by increasing the collagen base and moving veins further from the skin’s surface, thus reducing redness and visible veins. It offers the further benefit of smoothing fine line wrinkles. Laser also effectively sterilizes bacteria that may be a contributing cause. Spider veins can be targeted by the laser, closed off and reabsorbed by the body, similar to the way a bruise heals. In conjunction with laser treatments, patients are placed on a skin care regimen with specific products formulated to treat Rosacea.

References:

  1. www.mayoclinic.com/health/rosacea/
  2. www.healthy-skin-guide.com/rosecea.html
  3. www.rosacea.org/patients/treatmentphotos.php

For more info, contact Cosmetic Aesthetics laser Salon at (775) 622-8505.