Rosacea generally develops gradually, but can be a very difficult and embarrassing condition for the patient which can leave them looking red and flushed all day long.
As well as coloured and flushed, rosacea can also be itchy or painful and develop spots which can become inflamed.
In addition, the veins and capillaries may become larger and more visible, appearing to be nearer the surface of the skin.
Rosacea tends to be aggravated by spicy food, coffee or alcohol. In addition, warm weather, physical exertion or sun exposure which would normally cause anyone to be a little pinker can make the flushing more severe for rosacea sufferers.
Rosacea is a difficult problem to treat with conventional medications, and usually when someone comes to see us they have already tried a variety of treatments to no avail. Our advanced laser offers good results with lessening of redness and flushing and improvement in red veins that occurs over a series of treatments.
Rosacea is typically quite a difficult problem to treat. GPs may try topical treatments to deal with symptoms such as inflammation, but this does not tackle the root cause.
However, rosacea does respond well to IPL facial laser treatment. IPL works to reduce expanded veins and capillaries, promote healing of the skin and inflammation and stimulate cell renewal. Treatment can result in a dramatically clearer skin.
The latest solution is in the form of the Lumenis M22 multi-application system which combines IPL with ResurFX™ – fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing, Multi-Spot™ ND:YAG with Multiple Sequential Pulsing and Q-Switched Nd:YAG – treatment of pigmented lesions in an endlessly adaptable series of treatment options.
Dr John Quinn has a particular interest in treating rosacea having studied it for a thesis in his post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology. However, this stems from having personally suffered from it for many years.