Rosacea can interrupt your life by stripping you of your confidence and self-esteem, and keeping you from feeling comfortable in your own skin. According to the National Rosacea Society, nearly 14 million Americans suffer from chronic rosacea; unfortunately, only a small percentage of them have actively sought treatment. If you are struggling with the embarrassing symptoms associated with rosacea, and you are looking for skin care solutions—including topical products and laser treatment, Dr. Sheilah Lynch can help. Please read more information below on rosacea symptoms and treatment and stop hiding your skin today!
Rosacea (rose-AY-sha), is a condition that affects most people after age 30. Small blood capillaries come to the surface of the skin, where they remain and appear red or “blushed”. This can cause redness and pore enlargement. Often referred to as “adult acne”, rosacea may begin as a tendency to flush or blush easily, and progress to persistent redness in the center of the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. It also may involve the ears, chest, back and even the eyes. There are many symptoms associated with rosacea; without treatment, these symptoms can worsen.
Some of the early signs of rosacea are consistent blushing or flushing of the face, ears, neck, and chest. The most common symptoms of rosacea are chronic facial redness, burning, itching, edema (swelling), bumps and pimples.
Although rosacea is not a curable disorder, it is possible to lessen and even eliminate its symptoms. Treating rosacea depends upon the particular needs of the individual patient and form of the condition. Rosacea treatments range from topical skin care products to laser intervention.
Rosacea treatments are non-surgical procedures that can significantly improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Although some of these skin treatments aren’t necessarily rosacea-specific, they can be successful in enhancing and repairing damaged complexions, even reducing fine lines and wrinkles. We offer some excellent procedures that can be used for treating rosacea. They are IPL™ (Intense Pulsed Light or Photorejuvenation) and topical therapy with counseling.
IPL Photofacial is an easy and effective method of reducing the symptoms of rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sun exposure, and many other types of skin damage. Intense pulses of light are emitted onto the skin, penetrating into the deepest layers and stimulating the constriction of blood vessels and formation of new collagen .
Perhaps the most powerful method of treating rosacea is through a laser procedure. Laser surgery is used to decrease the number and size of capillaries in the skin surface to lessen visible redness.
One of the benefits of rosacea laser treatment is that it can be used on the entire face or just specific target areas.
Flare of rosacea can be triggered by multiple factors, even environmental. Education about the causes of rosacea and acknowledging and avoiding your personal triggers are paramount to avoiding flare. Topicals can be used to both treat flares and prevent them.
The best advice for you if you think may have rosacea is to come in and see Dr. Sheilah Lynch as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can control the signs and symptoms of rosacea. Early treatment will stop rosacea from progressing.
Rosacea rarely reverses itself and may last for years. With appropriate medical treatment, however, it can be controlled successfully.
Dr. Lynch can provide many different treatments options. For more information, we invite you to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Lynch by calling 301-652-5933.