Reduce Redness From Rosacea With IPL Treatments
Many people suffer with a skin condition known as rosacea, which is characterized by rash-like redness, facial erythema, and large pimples around the face and nose. It can affect all ages, and if untreated can damage senses like vision and smell. Most rosacea breakouts are confined to the nose, chin, cheeks, t-zone, and upper lip, but it can also occur on the neck and torso as well.
There are several things that can exacerbate rosacea symptoms, including emotional distress, wind, sun exposure, alcohol, exercise, skin care products, and even foods. The most popular treatment for these symptoms are topical medications that aim at reducing inflammation and redness. Sometimes, doctors will prescribe oral medications to reduce symptoms as well. However, these treatments have been shown to have very little effect on rosacea’s redness and rash-like symptoms.
There is a treatment, however, that has been beneficial for patients with rosacea. Studies have shown that patients who received intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment significantly reduced redness and had improved skin texture and less flushing. Fewer acne breakouts were reported as well. IPL is an intense spectrum of light flashed onto the skin. The light is then absorbed by the blood vessels and destroys it, reducing redness.
For the treatment, topical anesthesia may be used for comfort. Your eyes will be protected against the intense light beams. A Calabasas dermatologist or practitioner will then administer the pulsed light to the skin every few seconds. This will feel like fingers pinching your face, but it will only last between 3 to 30 minutes, depending on the severity of your condition. The skin will be red and inflamed for a little while after, but usually improves within a few days to a couple of weeks.
IPL is not a final cure for rosacea, but it can greatly help reduce and eliminate the breakouts. For Intense Pulsed Light treatments in Calabasas, contact your dermatologist for more information and guidance.