Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by persistent redness and flushing of the skin. The most commonly affected areas are the mid face and cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.
Rosacea affects over three million Canadians and usually develops in adults between the ages of 30 to 50. While rosacea can affect anyone, it is more common in women and patients with fair skin.
Common Signs and Symptoms:
Form 1: Erythemato-telangiectatic — Main symptoms include occasional facial flushing and redness. Visible red blood vessels (telangiectasias) may appear on the face. Some rosacea sufferers may also experience swollen, rough skin and a burning sensation.
Form 2: Papulo-pustular — Redness and facial flushing becomes more persistent at this stage. In addition to the redness, pimple-like bumps may appear on the face.
Form 3: Phymatous — When the sebaceous glands and connected tissues are affected by this skin condition, the skin may become swollen, thicker and rougher with bumps (rhinophyma). This form of rosacea often affects the nose.
Form 4: Ocular rosacea — In more severe cases, rosacea may also affect the eyes and eyelids, causing symptoms such as bloodshot eyes, burning and stinging sensations, dryness and blurred vision.
While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, it is believed to be associated with both environmental factors and genetic makeup.
Although we cannot alter our genetic makeup and cure rosacea, we can certainly avoid certain lifestyle habits to control and manage this chronic skin condition. Rosacea triggers may vary from patient to patient, it is important to be aware of the potential triggers to minimize the effects and symptoms.
Common Triggers Include:
While Rosacea is not curable, the symptoms are controllable. In addition to offering medical grade skincare with active ingredients that will help reduce inflammation and improve the overall health of the skin, we use the Yellowbeam to treat and control Rosacea.
The unique 577nm wavelength of the Yellowbeam is known to provide the best absorption when treating blood vessels, allowing for effective elimination of the unsightly broken veins that are typically associated with this chronic skin condition. By targeting blood, the Yellowbeam will significantly reduce facial redness and blushing. Patients will typically see improvements in as little as one Yellowbeam session, but depending on the severity of the patient’s symptoms, we generally recommend a treatment program of 3-6 sessions performed one month apart for optimal results. After completion of the treatment program, a maintenance Yellowbeam session may be necessary every 4-6 months.
If you are suffering from rosacea or have any questions about treatment, feel free to book a complimentary skin assessment and consultation with one of our skin experts.
To find out which treatment(s) are suitable for you and will yield the best results, please book a complimentary skin consultation and assessment with one of our skin experts.