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Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects over 45 million people worldwide but is often misunderstood. Rosacea is characterized by flushing and redness on the face and across the cheeks, nose, or forehead.
Classic Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea:
- Flushing of Face/Neck
Rosacea can cause redness, similar to that of a blush or sunburn. The flushing occurs when increased amounts of blood flow through vessels at a fast rate and the vessels expand to accommodate this flow. The redness may become more noticeable and persistent as the disease progresses.
- Dry Facial Skin
Some people notice that their facial skin becomes increasingly dry.
The pimples of rosacea, which often occur as the disease progresses, are different from those of acne.
- Red Lines
Some with rosacea notice red lines, called telangiectasia which appear when they flush. This is due to small blood vessels of the face becoming enlarged and showing through the skin. These red lines usually appear on the cheeks—especially when the overall redness diminishes.
- Bumps on Nose
Nasal bumps, a condition called rhinophyma are an uncommon sign seen especially in untreated rosacea. Men are more likely to experience the small, knobby bumps on the nose, and as the number of bumps increases, the nose and cheeks may appear swollen.
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Rosacea Treatment FAQ
Q: Who Gets Rosecea?
A: Adults, especially those between 30 and 50 years of age. People that are fair-skinned like people with European or Celtic ancestry are most commonly affected with rosacea. However, rosacea can affect children and people of any skin type. Rosacea is often passed on in families, with women being afflicted more often than their male counterparts. Men, however, often get more severe forms of rosacea. For women with rosacea, increased flushing and blushing may occur around and during menopause.
Q: What Causes Rosecea?
A: While the precise cause of rosacea remains a mystery, researchers believe that heredity and environmental factors are to blame.
Triggers that cause episodes of flushing and blushing in rosacea play a part in the development of rosacea:
- Exposure to temperature extremes, strenuous exercise, heat from sunlight, severe sunburn, stress, cold wind, moving to a warm or hot environment from a cold one.
- There are also some foods and drinks that can trigger flushing and thus predispose to rosacea, these include alcohol, foods high in histamine and spicy food.
- Certain medications and topical irritants can quickly progress rosacea. Some acne and wrinkle treatments that have been reported to cause rosacea include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, high dosages of isotretinoin, benzoyl peroxide and tretinoin.
Another theory is that a mite called Demodex folliculorum, which lives in hair follicles, could be a cause of rosacea. The belief is that the mites clog oil glands, which leads to the inflammation seen in rosacea. Others believe that a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori, which causes intestinal infection, might be a cause.
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Q: How can Rosacea be treated?
A: Traditional treatments for rosacea include topical and oral anti-inflammatory and antibiotic medications. However, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) has been clinically proven as being successful in reducing the side-effects of Rosacea.
Intense Pulsed Light therapy uses multiple wavelengths of light to treat dilated blood vessels in the face. The vascular structures which are responsible for causing Rosacea respond to the precise energy level and wavelength of light that is emitted via the laser. The small spot of laser light travels through the skin and is absorbed by the blood within these vessels. The resulting heat coagulates or clots the blood and destroys the function of the vessel. Over time, the vessel is absorbed by the body and disappears from sight. This leads to reduction of the redness and flushing appearance of facial skin.
Q: How long do treatments take?
A: IPL therapy takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes and is typically performed at six week intervals. Clients may require several initial treatments and then return annually for treatment of new blood vessels. Our team of highly trained professionals will create a skin rejuvenation program for you.
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