Rosacea is an incredibly common yet misunderstood skin condition. It affects around 1 in 10 people in the UK and usually occurs between the ages of 30 and 50. It’s more common in women, but cases tend to be more severe in men. It can affect your self-confidence and comfort to the point where you are embarrassed about your skin, and if you are experiencing this then you might find relief in our rosacea treatment in London.
A brief introduction to rosacea
Rosacea causes a burning or stinging sensation in the skin, especially when exposed to the sun or during periods of heat or stress. It physically manifests in permanent redness across the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead, and can breakout into acne-like spots. Small blood vessels may also become visible in the skin. Flare-ups are triggered by alcohol and caffeine consumption, hot temperatures, stress, and spicy foods. For these reasons, it can be unpredictable and lifestyle-limiting. There is unfortunately no known cure, but there are treatments available to help control your symptoms.
Rosacea treatment – laser and IPL treatment
As a private laser clinic, we have found that laser and IPL work very well as a rosacea treatment. It’s thought that there are two beneficial aspects and reactions to laser treatment for rosacea. The first is improving the appearance of the visible red veins in the surface of the skin. These red veins absorb the light energy delivered by the laser, which heats them and damages them. The damaged veins are then absorbed by the body, improving their appearance and lessening the redness in the area. Secondly, the heat from the light energy also warms up the collagen fibres in the skin. This energises them and stimulates new collagen production and remodelling, creating better skin quality. The enhanced skin quality supports the blood vessels better, helping to delay new thread veins and visible red veins developing.
Laser and IPL side effects
While rosacea treatment is fairly straight forward, you may encounter some of these side effects. In some cases, there is some swelling in the treated area that should subside within 48 hours of treatment. Bruising is unlikely, but if it does occur it should subside within a few days. There is a small risk that pigment changes may occur in the skin, leaving either darker or lighter patches. This pigmentation is temporary and should fade over the proceeding 6 months. You can lessen the risks of developing pigmentation by avoiding extensive sun exposure for four weeks before your treatment and throughout the course of treatments. This is why it is important you don’t receive treatments while you have a sun tan. Crusting and blistering may also form on your treatment area, but it’s recommended you let this heal and shed naturally to avoid any scarring or pigmentation changes.
Rosacea is a skin condition that can be painful, unsightly, and embarrassing, but it can be managed with safe and effect laser rosacea treatment in London. To find out more, book your initial consultation with the Private Skin Laser Clinic today on 020 7435 7521.