If you struggle with the appearance of redness or visible blood vessels on your face, you may have a common skin condition, rosacea. This chronic skin condition affects more than 14 million people, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, and can develop at any time in your life. However, for those who are prone to rosacea, it typically begins developing any time after age 30. Rosacea can appear almost anywhere on the face, including your cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.
While there is no cure, there are many non-invasive rosacea treatments that can diminish its appearance and help achieve clearer and more healthy looking skin.
What is Rosacea?
Although rosacea is typically characterized by the appearance of a red or flushed face, there are numerous other symptoms associated with the condition. These are separated into four different subtypes based on their characteristics.
While some people may struggle with only one of the four subtypes, others may have more than one:
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: flushing, redness, and visible blood vessels
- Papulopustular rosacea: acne-like bumps and breakouts, raised patches of skin
- Phymatous rosacea: bumpy or thickened skin, generally found on the nose
- Ocular rosacea: swollen, itchy, bloodshot, or burning eyes
What Causes Rosacea?
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown. Genetics, environmental factors, or an overactive immune system may all play a role in its development. Recent studies have also found that it may be related to a systemic inflammation in the body.
There are also several triggers that may cause rosacea flare-ups. Triggers include:
- Exposure to sun, wind, or extreme temperatures
- Hot or spicy foods
- Alcoholic beverages
- Drugs that dilate blood vessels
- Skin or hair products
- Certain medications
Does Rosacea Clear Up Without Treatment?
Unfortunately, rosacea does not go away on its own. While it may seem like it has disappeared for good, rosacea can come and go at any time, lasting several weeks. However, there are steps you can take to limit flare-ups and reduce its symptoms:
- Seek early treatment
- Identify and avoid triggers
- Protect your skin with sunscreen
- Use gentle, medical-grade skincare products*
- Be consistent with rosacea treatment
You can always check with your medical provider to ensure your skincare products are compatible with rosacea.
Aesthetic Treatments for Rosacea
There are a number of aesthetic treatments available to combat rosacea that we offer at Tribeca MedSpa. And the best part is that these therapies also offer additional benefits to the skin!
Laser Genesis for Rosacea
Laser Genesis uses a specialized laser to gently heat targeted areas of the dermis, causing the blood vessels to constrict. This also stimulates collagen production. The result is a reduction in redness and visible blood vessels. This also plumps the skin and treats fine lines, wrinkles, and acne breakouts.
Treatments last approximately 30 to 60 minutes with some results visible immediately post-treatment. There is no downtime and full effects are seen approximately six months after treatment. For best results, most clients require four to six treatments, scheduled one month apart.
IPL Photo Facial and Rosacea
IPL Photo Facial uses a handheld device to deliver gentle pulses of high-energy light to target and destroy visible blood vessels and pigment-producing cells. IPL also helps boost collagen production and stimulates the body’s natural healing process. This helps reduce the appearance of blood vessels and skin lesions often associated with rosacea.
Treatments last approximately 20 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the targeted area. Immediately following treatment, the surrounding skin may be slightly red, and you may feel a minor burning sensation, similar to a sunburn. This generally subsides within a few days, with full results visible after a few months. While two to three treatments scheduled approximately four weeks apart are generally enough to see the desired results, some may require additional treatments.
Although Laser Genesis and IPL Photo Facials are both effective rosacea treatments, combining the two offers maximum results. This powerful combination helps eliminate redness and reduce the appearance of broken blood vessels, while also stimulating collagen production and improving the tone and texture of the skin.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Therapy uses stem cells to boost collagen and reduce the redness associated with rosacea. There is no downtime associated with Stem Cell Therapy treatments. In fact, they are often used to reduce the downtime of laser treatments. Many combine this therapy with other treatments, including medical facials and microneedling.
For maximum results, clients can combine treatments with a Stem Cell Therapy treatment to reduce the appearance of redness, bumps, and thickened skin. Stem Cell Therapy can also be combined with one of Tribeca MedSpa’s Signature Facials which are customized to help treat your rosacea.
At-Home Skincare Products to Enhance Treatment Results
Using medical-grade skincare products after rosacea treatment will further enhance your results. These products help calm the skin to prevent and treat redness associated with rosacea. Our medical providers recommend:
- SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF Serum or other topical vitamin C products
- SkinCeuticals Phyto-Corrective Gel
- Mask Spotless Face Serum
- SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer
How to Choose a Provider for Rosacea Treatment
If you struggle with rosacea, there are several minimally invasive treatments available to help.
Our experienced Medical Team at Tribeca Medspa offers a customized approach to help combat your rosacea and put your best face forward. We offer complimentary consultations to address your concerns and develop a treatment plan tailored to your goals. Be happier in your own skin and book your risk-free consultation today!