Our skin is our body’s largest organ and will physically represent us and our lifestyle for the rest of our lives, but what about if we suffer from rosacea? Does this skin condition jeopardise our largest organ’s health? Contrary to what some people may believe, rosacea doesn’t actually affect the health of our skin, but it can become uncomfortable at times and can appear embarrassing or unsightly.
Rosacea most commonly affects the face and can last for years, leaving those who bare it self-conscious. What’s more, it’s symptoms can spontaneously and periodically become worse, especially during hot weather or physical exercise.
The skin can flush red, you can experience burning and stinging sensations, and you could develop spots and visible blood vessels. Some of this redness may not recede as times goes on, turning rosacea’s long-term effect to permanence before treatment.
We don’t fully understand the causes of rosacea, we do understand how to treat its visible symptoms.
Treating rosacea is entirely possible with the Private Skin Laser Clinic. At our North London clinic, we use the specialist technology of the IPL laser to treat the appearance of broken veins and red flushing.
The science behind this treatment is fantastic. IPL stands for intense pulsed light, which delivers a beam of strong light energy to the treatment area. This causes the visible blood vessels to break down which the body then will, over time, absorb and recycle. Depending on your symptoms we may opt to use a pulse dye laser, which specifically tunes the wavelength of light to tackle the appearance of redness and flushing.
While laser treatment is effective at reducing the visible symptoms of rosacea, it is also believed to have another beneficial property. It is hypothesised that the light energy warms the collagen fibres within the skin, stimulating its fresh production and remodelling. This, in turn, supports the smaller blood vessels in the skin and helps to delay the further development of thread veins that soon become visible. Not only can it break down those that are already present, it could also prevent more from developing.
It’s important to note that while we can improve the appearance of your rosacea, we can’t cure or prevent it. Semi-regular maintenance sessions will be required to ensure your optimum results, but we’d be more than happy to see you.
Are there alternatives?
Laser treatment is particularly effective at long-term management for red flushes and visible blood vessels, however its possible you could develop spots. These spots are best treated with antibiotics either in a topical cream or as prescribed medication, but if they’re left untreated they can cause the development and appearance of more thread veins.
We understand the frustrating nature of rosacea – it’s severity comes and goes, it’s causes are not one hundred percent understood in the medical community, and as of yet it cannot be cured. There are, however, effective long-term solutions to its physical appearance that cause of many of our patients’ embarrassment.
Contact us today to begin your journey to managing your symptoms.