Rosacea, much like most teenagers, is misunderstood. The condition is characterized by facial redness, bumps, and eye irritation. It affects people of all ages, many of whom never know they have a “condition.” But the causes of rosacea are not well known. Fortunately, at the Laser Center of Maryland new treatments with broadband light sources and lasers are getting the red out!
What causes rosacea?
The causes of rosacea are not fully understood. Sun exposure, certain foods, drinks, and medications can dilate the blood vessels and lead to an outbreak. There is even a genetic factor.
Rosacea tends to occur in the facial areas that blush, so people more prone to blushing are more prone to rosacea. Triggers that cause rosacea flares are emotional factors such as stress and anxiety, weather changes, sun exposure, alcohol consumption, exercise, and eating spicy foods.
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
Rosacea is frustrating for the patient, as it comes and goes without warning. The person’s skin may be clear for weeks or months, and then a sudden eruption occurs. A flare-up is characterized by facial redness, blushing, burning, red bumps, and little cysts. Sometimes, the normal facial skin color will not return after an outbreak, staying more reddened for the duration. Usually, the condition doesn’t go away on its own.
Medications that get a handle on rosacea have been known for their systemic side effects, so people have been looking for alternative treatments. Laser and light therapies are providing those.
At the Laser Center of Maryland we treat rosacea with one to three sessions of broadband light source (BBL). This therapy deals with the dilated blood vessels that cause the persistent redness and flushing typical of rosacea. BBL also treats the acne-like breakouts that occur.
Depending on the patient, one to three treatments usually are necessary. We space the treatments from four to six weeks apart. While there isn’t really any recovery time, tanning can worsen rosacea symptoms and minimize the impact of BBL treatment.
Let’s do something about embarrassing rosacea. Call us at 410-544-4600 and let’s give it the light treatment.