Causes and Symptoms of Rosacea and the Effectiveness of IPL as a Treatment

If you have started to notice redness and bumps on your face, you may wonder if you’ve found yourself back in high school. If you look closer, you may realize that those bumps have nothing to do with acne. Instead, they are caused by rosacea, a chronic skin disorder that is most common among adults who are middle-aged or older. This condition can be frustrating and at times painful, but there are solutions. Read on for more information on this disease and the solution that some spider vein centers are providing to treat it.

What should Hamilton Square, NJ residents know about rosacea?

Rosacea is associated with a number of symptoms that are difficult to ignore. One of the most common is facial redness. You may find that the central portion of your face is persistently red, and you might notice that small blood vessels on your nose or in your cheeks are swelling and becoming visible (a condition very similar to spider veins). Often accompanying this redness are swollen red bumps that may feel painful. Eye irritation or dryness and reddened eyelids are experienced by about half of people who have rosacea, and in rare cases the skin on the nose will thicken, making it look larger.

Rosacea symptoms have a tendency to flare up, appearing for a few weeks at a time before diminishing. Because of this they can often be mistaken for allergic reactions or acne. If left untreated, the symptoms tend to get worse over time. Symptoms may be brought on or aggravated by certain triggers. Among these triggers are alcohol, sunlight, spicy foods, and strenuous exercise. If you have rosacea, keeping track of your triggers can help you avoid flare-ups in the future.

While there is no clear cause of rosacea, some groups are more likely to experience it than others. Women are more likely to have this problem than men, though men are more likely to experience thickening skin on the nose. You are more likely to have this problem if other members of your family have had it.

IPL and rosacea treatment

While symptoms can be managed through medication, new forms of treatment are gaining popularity. One such treatment is IPL (which stands for intense pulsed light). IPL treatment uses controlled pulses of high intensity light to treat skin conditions. Recent studies have suggested that this safe form of treatment is an effective way to address rosacea symptoms. The light energy emitted during this form of treatment can help reduce the appearance of spider veins and background redness, allowing you to enjoy an overall improved appearance.

The Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center is proud to offer treatment options for rosacea. Similar to patients who wish to get rid of varicose veins, patients seeking rosacea treatment look forward to improved aesthetics and a better quality of life after vein disease treatment. Dr. Ahmad and the rest of our staff look forward to serving you in this capacity. If you would like to learn more about the ways IPL can improve your rosacea symptoms, or if you have questions about bulging vein problems, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the vein specialists at our Hamilton Square, NJ office. We look forward to hearing from you!

Author
Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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