Do you have a permanently red or flushed face? It could be Rosacea…

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With it estimated that approximately 1 in 20 people have Rosacea, many of us have the condition without even realising it. A condition characterised by facial redness, especially around the nose, cheeks, chin and in between the brow, people with this condition are consistently red or flush easily.

Modern day laser treatments can now effectively treat rosacea, and Medical Skin Clinic in Victoria had a chat to us about how laser for rosacea works and shared with us an amazing before and after photo to highlight how effective the treatment can be.

What are the signs you might have Rosacea

Lauren from Medical Skin Clinic says there are many signs you might have Rosacea. These include:

  • Facial redness
  • Burning/stinging on the face
  • Sensitive skin
  • Easily flushed
  • Broken facial capillaries
  • Acne like pustules on the face
  • Bloodshot or watery eyes
  • Red, tender pimples
  • Thickened skin
  • Bulbous nose

However, just because you have one or two of these symptoms, does not necessarily mean you have Rosacea. If you are not sure you should definitely arrange to see a skin specialist. Lauren agrees. She says, “Untreated Rosacea tends to worsen over time and can be a progressive disease.

At Medical Skin Clinic we do not just look at your skin but carry out a full medical assessment that involves all aspects of how your body works and its exposures. It is not always possible to identify a definite one cause for your rosacea as it can be due to a number of reasons.

There is also a chance that if a cause is identified it cannot be controlled, however there are usually measures to control the disease and improve the skin.”

How do you treat Rosacea?

Laser is known to be extremely effective in treating many skin conditions, including Rosacea. Medical Skin Clinic use their Fotona Nd:YAG laser to treat Rosacea which is effectively vascular damage and irregularities on the surface of the skin, by coagulating the blood vessels with the delivery of the device’s controlled laser energy. As Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory reaction to reactive oxygen radicals within the skin cell system, the Fotona laser uses a 1064 nm wavelength using a Long Pulse (LP pulsation) setting to target red, purple, and violet pigmentation, and is able to reduce them in size and intensity.

In patient terms, this basically means the laser is able to target and treat the symptoms and underlying skin issues resulting in the rosacea, leaving you with healthier and visibly clearer skin.

What are the laser treatments like to treat Rosacea?

Lauren says most patients require a series of treatments. “The main issues we find with Rosacea is that patients have an unrealistic time frame for results causing them to stop the plan too early feeling it is not working. They also forget to have regular reviews of the plan as the skin changes. It is worth remembering that Rosacea care and control is an ongoing program that may continue for some years. One treatment will not be the solution. 

Good control involves a tailored program that you understand and feel you can stick to whilst being supported by a professional who can adapt the plan as your skin changes. Rosacea skin can often be complex and a treatment started today may require adaptation in 3-6 months time. You can also have flare ups which again is important to understand and know how to manage.”

The actual laser treatments are described as a “zapping” sensation much like that of a rubber band snapping against your skin.

Lauren says patients can expect to feel some heat and mild stinging during the treatments however she also says the treatments are generally well tolerated and there is minimal discomfort for most patients.

If you’re in Victoria and would like more information or would like to arrange a skin assessment or consultation, you can contact Medical Skin Clinic on (03) 5261 6171.