“Why are you always blushing?” rosacea is the first thing people notice about you.
When you live with rosacea it becomes part of your identity. It usually affects the face, so the signs and symptoms are immediately visible. These can be different for everyone with possible signs including:
- Visible Blood Vessels
Before getting diagnosed, most people have never heard of the condition, even though it is fairly common. According to studies, rosacea affects about 5% of Americans.
Although rosacea is most common among women it can affect both genders. In fact, the most severe cases are generally found in men.
Depending on the type of skin condition affecting you the symptoms are not always present. For instance, erythemato-telangiectatic rosacea isn’t always persistent. Whereas acne rosacea often is. For those learning how to manage rosacea, a primary goal is often preventing flareups.
Preventing or Minimizing the Risk of Rosacea
Fully preventing rosacea can be difficult, as it’s unlikely you know you have it. So most people only find out once the symptoms are already appearing. However, there is a genetic basis for it. So if people in your family have this skin condition, you may want to take precautions.
As well, following the right steps can help you minimize flare-ups or prevent worsening the conditions. Managing rosacea revolves largely around reducing triggers, for example:
- Food Allergies
- Spicy Foods
Fortunately, many of these triggers are fairly straightforward. Adjusting your diet can help reduce the severity of this inflammatory skin condition. For those who can’t quite quit the caffeine, consider trying a switch over to green tea. It still contains caffeine, but it may show less severe symptoms.
Consider learning yogic breathing or meditation techniques to help control stress.
Of course for many people, merely managing rosacea isn’t enough. They want to eliminate it.
Is There A Cure For Rosacea?
There is no cure for rosacea. So far the cause remains unknown, making it difficult to cure, predict, or fully prevent. Instead, skincare clinics tend to treat the symptoms instead of rosacea itself.
Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatments available.
Although plastic surgeons can provide effective rosacea treatments, an estimated ¾ of people don’t get treated. These treatments make the condition manageable, reducing the appearance and frequency of the symptoms.
Since rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition, a key goal is often to reduce inflammation. To this end, antibiotics like doxycycline may be used. This antibiotic treatment reduces bacteria and inflammation. It’s often used in managing acne rosacea.
The antibiotic is well-tolerated for long-term therapy. Although there can be minor side effects, serious side effects are rare.
This is usually given as an oral medication and is sometimes supplemented with topical creams.
Brimonidine is the only FDA-approved topical treatment for facial erythema. It’s a symptomatic treatment that is often used to treat the appearance of rosacea-related redness. The effects are temporary, with a single application lasting for about 12 hours. This temporary effect is why it is often paired with other treatments.
While topical creams can provide temporary relief, they leave you reliant on reapplications and careful timing. That 12-hour clock can make you feel like Cinderella, having to rush out of events before your skin changes back.
The solution many people choose, either on its own or in combination with medication, is cosmetic laser therapy.
Cosmetic Laser Therapy
Cosmetic laser therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat rosacea. BBL lasers use pulsed light therapy to treat most symptoms. It can reduce the redness caused by enlarged blood vessels, and decrease the appearance of acne.
As well, laser resurfacing is an ideal way to reduce acne scars, solving a common problem for people with rosacea.
BBL (Broadband Light) is a laser therapy that is safe and effective for a number of skincare solutions. From treating skin conditions to anti-ageing, these lasers are an ideal non-surgical approach with minimal downtime.
The laser is FDA-approved, so it’s safe to use on your face. As well as on your neck, hands, and chest. It provides even texture and rejuvenates skin for a better appearance. At PSSC we provide a number of Broadband Light treatment options, including:
- BBL Correct
- Forever Bare
- BBL Forever Clear
- Forever Young
Our Newmarket Skincare Clinic Can Help You Manage Rosacea
Whether you’re looking to diagnose a skin condition, or seeking treatments like BBL therapy, our Newmarket skincare clinic is ready to help. PSSC uses the latest technology, and the expertise of our attentive plastic surgeons to provide the best solutions for your specific needs.
Contact us today for a consultation.