What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that mainly affects the central face and usually begins to develop between the ages of 30 and 60. It is characterised by redness on the face that tends to persist.
The symptoms of Rosacea can come and go and be managed through various means, such as lifestyle adjustments, skincare practices, medications, and medical treatments.
How Does IPL Treat Rosacea?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a cosmetic procedure that can be used to treat Rosacea. IPL uses a broad spectrum of light to target and heat up the blood vessels in the affected area, which can reduce redness and inflammation. This process also stimulates the production of collagen, which can improve the overall appearance and texture of the skin.
During an IPL treatment for Rosacea, a handheld device is passed over the skin, emitting pulses of light. The light energy is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the blood vessels, causing them to constrict and reduce redness. The heat generated by the light also damages the walls of the blood vessels, leading to their gradual disappearance and a reduction in visible redness.
IPL treatments for Rosacea typically require a series of sessions spaced a few weeks apart to achieve optimal results. The number of treatments needed can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the individual’s response to the procedure.
WHICH TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
Book a skin consultation with Dr. Tina for an individualised rosacea treatment plan. Your best treatment will often depend on your age, gender, triggers, and causes of your rosacea.
Lifestyle modifications: Avoiding triggers that can cause flare-ups such as spicy foods, hot beverages, alcohol, and exposure to extreme temperatures.
Skincare: Using gentle, non-irritating skincare products, such as a mild cleanser, moisturiser, and sunscreen. Avoiding harsh scrubs, exfoliants, and astringents.
Medications: Prescription topical or oral medication to reduce inflammation and redness, control acne-like bumps, or eye drops to treat eye symptoms associated with ocular rosacea.
IPL: To treat persistent redness and visible blood vessels on the face.
The skincare routine for rosacea can vary depending on the individual, but generally involves gentle, non-irritating products and avoiding triggers that can worsen symptoms. Here are some general tips:
Use a gentle cleanser: Look for a mild, non-foaming cleanser that is free of fragrance and other potential irritants. Avoid using hot water and harsh scrubs that can exacerbate redness.
Moisturise: Soothing and repairing moisturiser, anti-inflammatory moisturiser for sensitive skin, calms, strengthens and soothes, neutralises skin redness and reduces discomfort of itch, heat and irritation.
Sun protection: Choose a physical sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as chemical sunscreens can irritate sensitive skin.
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