There are many different approaches to treating rosacea. Patients who come to drs skincare in Hamilton, ON, often ask which one is best. Unfortunately, there is no answer to that question. Due to this condition’s complexity, you are unlikely to find one procedure or product that will effectively provide a complete solution. Instead, the best approach is typically a customized, multi-faceted treatment plan that addresses various rosacea symptoms and prevents future flare-ups.
Depending on whatever symptoms you are experiencing, we may prescribe topical or oral medications. Options include:
- Topicals that control redness: Some creams and gels contain ingredients that help constrict blood vessels. When used appropriately, they can reduce visible vessels’ appearance and facial redness in as little as 12 hours.
- Topicals that treat pimples: Many rosacea patients develop acne-like pimples during a flare-up. Formulas with antiseptic and antibiotic ingredients can help eliminate pimples. While these products are pretty effective, it can take several weeks for the skin to clear.
- Oral antibiotics: In patients with severe breakouts, a course of oral antibiotics may be necessary to control pimples.
Light & laser therapy
One of the most bothersome visible symptoms of rosacea is redness. That may include broken or dilated vessels (telangiectasias) and general redness of the skin. It most often develops on the nose, cheeks, and between the brows, though it can affect other areas of the face. This type of redness generally responds very well to light therapies.
Here at drs skincare, we often recommend IPL (intense pulsed light) and or excel V/laser genesis treatment for redness associated with rosacea, as well as other types of vascular lesions. IPL devices emit broad-spectrum light, restricted to a specific range of wavelengths using special filters to target both red and pigmented lesions.
Excel V laser is targeted to vascular lesions specifically and very effective in clearing vascular lesions. Laser genesis is effective in reducing flushing and often bothersome condition of rosacea that is challenging to treat.
During treatment, you will feel a warm sensation and typically mild pain. Bruising and swelling can occur after therapy.
Results develop gradually. You may notice visible veins changing in color and then disappearing within a few days or weeks after your treatment. Depending on how severe the condition, you may need a series of several sessions to achieve optimal results.
Treating your current symptoms and bringing rosacea under control is just the first step. Our ultimate goal is to help you minimize or prevent future flares. That is accomplished with a combination of dermatological treatment, along with adjustments to your habits and routines. We will help you develop a skincare regimen using products and techniques that support skin health.
Another essential aspect of prevention is identifying and avoiding rosacea triggers unique to each patient. Your dermatologist may recommend keeping a rosacea diary. It is essentially a checklist to track when you are exposed to potential triggers and record any skin reaction. While it may take some time and diligence, this method can help you determine what exactly is aggravating your condition.
Taking control of your skin
Many people say that they feel as if the embarrassment and discomfort of rosacea symptoms control their lives. It doesn’t have to be that way. With the help of experienced dermatologists at drs skincare, you can take control. Just call us at (905) 524-1712 and schedule a consultation to find out how we can help.
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