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How Photofacials Can Treat Your Rosacea

How Photofacials Can Treat Your Rosacea

While rosacea can affect anyone, women over the age of 40 tend to have a higher risk, particularly when they’re fair skinned. Thought to be caused by genetic factors or immune system irregularities, rosacea can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be treated. 

Though light from the sun can trigger flare-ups of the flushed redness characteristic of the condition, you can also turn to light to improve the appearance of your skin. Photofacials use the energy transferred by light to stimulate changes in your skin. Jennifer A. Baron, MD is a dermatologist and photofacial specialist. When you want complete care for your skin conditions, contact Dr. Baron and her team. 

The problems that rosacea creates

Along with the flushed, red appearance of your skin, rosacea causes tiny blood vessels to rupture, and these spider veins can be seen through your skin. You may also develop bumps that resemble those caused by acne. 

Rosacea itself comes and goes, but the skin coloration remains. Because the visible effects of rosacea occur under the surface of the skin, any solution must work through your skin’s outer layers. In the past, chemical peels and dermabrasions were the answer, but these had long recovery times due to the damage created to the surface layers. 

The answer is intense pulsed light

Though often referred to as a laser facial or an intense pulsed light (IPL) laser, there’s no laser involved. Consisting of a single wavelength of light, lasers target specific pigments that absorb their energy. This is ideal for treatments like tattoo or hair removal. However, rosacea demands a wider range of light energy.

BroadBand Light (BBL)™ therapy works in a similar way to cosmetic lasers in that it emits light that passes through the outer layers of skin without damaging them while being absorbed by the target tissues in your skin’s middle layer. The wavelengths of BBL are wider than lasers, meaning that a range of affected tissue can be reached. 

The target tissue is the collagen matrix in the middle layer, as well as the spider veins and other discolorations that interfere with a smooth complexion. As this warming action progresses, your body recognizes damage to the tissue. New collagen tissue starts to form while the damaged cells are flushed from your body. Along with the old collagen, pigment issues caused by rosacea get flushed as well.

Minimal downtime

Because BBL passes through your surface skin, there’s no need for time off to recover, since there’s no damage. Cooling heads on the BBL wand help to ensure that warming action doesn’t spread. After your treatment, your body starts the flush-and-replace sequence, which progresses over the next few weeks. With each subsequent treatment, you’ll find that the signs and symptoms of rosacea begin to fade. 

An ongoing condition

Rosacea can’t be cured, but you can reduce its activity to prevent flare-ups. Most patients have triggers, conditions, or environments that start rosacea episodes. These typically include: 

While your photofacial regimen can help reduce rosacea symptoms, you may need to manage your condition to prevent recurrence. Contact Jennifer A. Baron, MD by phone or online to schedule a photofacial consultation. Draw on Dr. Baron’s expertise to continue looking your best. Book an appointment now. 

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