Rosacea is a common skin condition affecting an estimated 14 million patients in the United States. It is characterized by superficial veins and in some cases, pimple-like lesions. Rosy cheeks are a sign of health, youth and vigor, but the inflammation and redness associated with rosacea is not.
Rosacea therapy options such as IPL and Laser Genesis are the main choices for therapy without the use of drugs or surgery and have been useful for treating skin discolorations and recalcitrant rosacea. Swelling, redness and recovery time can be dramatically reduced by using laser technology like those methods mentioned above.
Patients with rosacea should avoid sun exposure, wear wide-brimmed hats when outdoors, and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily that has a sun protection factor of 30. Changes Plastic Surgery offers EltaMD sun protection which is formulated for rosacea patients. Astringents and other skin care products containing alcohol, menthol, eucalyptus oil, clove oil, peppermint, witch hazel, or sodium lauryl sulfate should be avoided.
For more information regarding rosacea therapy options, including IPL and Laser Genesis, contact our San Diego office to set up an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gilbert Lee or one of our certified laser technicians.