If you are someone who suffers from rosacea, you may not have pinpointed the cause or found the best way of managing the condition yet. In our recent blog, Understanding and treating rosacea, we looked at factors such as stress, sun exposure, extreme temperatures, and strenuous exercise that can exacerbate the condition. We also explored common treatments, such as:

  • Topical medications for treating papules and pustules
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Oral isotretinoin
  • Brimonidine Tartrate for facial redness and flushing
  • Oral treatments such as clonidine, beta-blockers, and anxiety medications
  • Laser and IPL

In this week’s blog, we wanted to look at IPL treatments for rosacea in more detail.


What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light; sometimes people refer to it as ‘photo rejuvenation’. IPL technology uses an extremely bright broad spectrum light source, which – as the name would suggest – is pulsed in short, intense flashes using a handheld device across the surface of your skin. The shorter, dangerous wavelengths are filtered out and the spectrum is narrowed to penetrate through to and target specific structures and colour molecules within your skin.

There are several different manufacturers of IPL machines. Here at The Private Skin Laser Clinic, we favour a Quantum machine manufactured by Lumenis for IPL treatments in London.

When we treat rosacea with IPL, the light is absorbed by the oxyhaemoglobin in the blood within the targeted veins. The blood coagulates and the thread vein breaks up into particles that are filtered away by your body’s lymphatic system. IPL treatments tend to work better in people with fair skin because of the contrast between the redness and the surrounding healthy cells. Rosacea is much more common in people with fair skin.

IPL treatments are especially effective because they can be used for various skin conditions, including rosacea, age spots and hyperpigmentation, noticeably improving the health and appearance of your skin without damaging the skin’s surface.


How many IPL treatments are needed to treat rosacea?

Although rosacea doesn’t have a definitive cure and tends to be a relapsing condition, you should see significant improvements after a course of IPL treatment. How many treatments you need will depend on your individual case, but a course of four to six treatments at three- to four-week intervals is typical for the best outcomes.

You should continue to see improvements for many weeks after your course of IPL treatments is complete.

If you have active inflammatory rosacea, then this condition will need to be controlled with medication before you could have IPL or laser treatment.

If you would like to know more about IPL treatments in London at The Private Laser Skin Clinic, book a consultation today by calling 0207 4357521.