Should you Treat Rosacea with Laser Therapy?
Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic facial skin disorder, which can be characterized by recurring skin flare-ups. The condition typically begins after age 30 and the symptoms include a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead and in some cases, rosacea may also occur on the scalp, chest, neck and/or the ears. These symptoms may come and go over time. As a person with Rosacea ages, the redness tends to become darker with visible blood vessels and it also becomes much more persistent. If the Rosacea is left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may become bulbous, swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. In some cases of rosacea, the eyes can also feel irritated and appear watery or bloodshot.
Although rosacea can affect all segments of the population, individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. The disease is more frequently diagnosed in women, but more severe symptoms tend to be seen in men — perhaps because they often delay seeking medical help until the disorder reaches advanced stages.
Unfortunately there is no cure for rosacea and the cause is unknown, but fortunately, it can be treated to control and even reverse its symptoms via medical therapies such as photo rejuvenation treatments. If you suspect you may have rosacea, we recommend you first to see a dermatologist or other knowledgeable physician for diagnosis. In many cases, your dermatologist will recommend you treat rosacea with laser therapy.
Primary Signs of Rosacea
- Persistent Redness
Persistent facial redness is the most common individual sign of rosacea, and may resemble a blush or sunburn that does not go away.
Many people with rosacea have a history of frequent blushing or flushing. This facial redness may come and go, and is often the earliest sign of the disorder.
- Bumps and Pimples
Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples often develop. While these may resemble acne, blackheads are not present and burning or stinging may occur.
- Visible Blood Vessels
In many people with rosacea, small blood vessels become visible on the skin.
Other Common Signs and Symptoms
- Eye Irritation
In many people with rosacea, the eyes may be irritated and appear watery or bloodshot, a condition known as ocular rosacea. The eyelids also may become red and swollen, and styes are common. Severe cases can result in corneal damage and vision loss without medical help.
- Dry Appearance
The central facial skin may be rough, and thus appear to be very dry.
- Raised Red Patches or Plaques
Raised red patches can develop without changes in the surrounding skin.
- Thicker Skin
The skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue, especially on the nose. This condition typically affects more men than women (likely because Men wait longer to seek help).
Facial swelling, known as edema, may accompany other signs of rosacea.
- Burning or Stinging
Burning or stinging sensations may often occur on the face. Itching or a feeling of tightness may also develop.
- Signs Beyond the Face
Rosacea signs and symptoms may also develop beyond the face, most commonly on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.
How is Rosacea Treated?
While there are numerous oral and topical medications that can help with the bumps and acne like symptoms temporarily, we recommend treating your rosacea with laser therapy for a more permanent treatment to not only assist in healing the bumps but also the redness, reduce and in some cases eliminate the blood vessels and most other symptoms. Depending on the seriousness of your condition, we may recommend multiple treatments a few weeks apart. It is best to schedule a consultation with Leslie in order to determine what the best course of action should be for your symptoms and whether or not you should treat rosacea with laser therapy. Of course, we always recommend seeking medical advice first and foremost, however, Renew Skin and Laser does have lots of experience with identifying and correcting rosacea symptoms.