When your skin isn’t perfectly clear, it’s easy to feel extremely self-conscious and uneasy about your appearance, and dealing with rosacea is no exception. However, at the landmark dermatology center of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we want you to know that rosacea can be successfully treated and overcome with treatments completely customized to meet your needs.

What Is Rosacea?

before_after_ipl_photofacial-300x119Rosacea is an extremely common skin condition that most often affects individuals over the age of 30, though it is seen in younger patients from time to time. The exact cause of rosacea isn’t completely understood, as it is not an infection or bacteria, but believed to be the result of a skin irritant.  Rosacea is most commonly characterized by a flushed, red face and may bring acne-like bumps to the affected area.

When a flare up of rosacea occurs, the blood vessels in the face expand, which is precisely what causes the excessive redness and red dumps on face. Individuals who suffer from rosacea may experience certain ‘triggers’ that that cause flare-ups, including but not limited to:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Certain foods
  • Exposure to sun and wind
  • Temperature swings
  • Hot weather

Treating Rosacea With Intense Pulsed Light
To date, one of the most effective treatments in managing and diminishing the skin condition rosacea is intense pulsed light, or IPL laser therapy. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, our doctors house more than 35 different lasers, meaning we have the widest selection of treatments that could be perfect for you right in Southern California.

Because rosacea can result from tiny broken blood vessels, rosacea IPL treatment works to transmit a broad spectrum of light through a targeted hand-piece to the area affected with the condition. The skin and blood then absorb the light being transmitted, and the bodies natural result is to dispel any injured tissues to result in a completely rejuvenated appearance. Patients generally need to undergo between 3-6 treatments between 4-8 weeks apart to appreciate the best results possible from IPL therapy in San Diego.

Rosacea Frequently Asked Questions

Our dermatologists understand how frustrating suffering from rosacea can be, which is why we want our patients to have the greatest understanding possible of how the common skin ailment can be overcome. Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear about lasers for rosacea in San Diego.

Q: What is rosacea?

A: Though the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, it is a result of some kind of face skin irritation. Rosacea typically affects individuals who have lighter skin and blush easily. It’s also very common for rosacea to run in families.

Q: What are the most common symptoms of rosacea?

A: Common symptoms of rosacea include but are not limited to: irritated and dry eyes, flushed face, sensitive skin, burning skin, breakouts similar to acne, and small red bumps or pimples.

Q: What is the best treatment for rosacea?

A: One of the most effective treatments for excess redness caused by rosacea is Intense Pulsed Light. Our doctors administer this quick and painless laser treatment in San Diego, making it an ideal treatment for anyone suffering from the condition.[answer-faq][question-faq] How much does a rosacea treatment cost?[/question-faq][answer-faq] Until our doctors are able to examine you in person, it will be difficult to put an exact price on a rosacea treatment. This will also depend on the area being treated and the number of treatments required for optimal results.

Q: Who should perform my rosacea treatment?

A: It’s always ideal for a board certified dermatologist to perform your rosacea treatment, as they have the highest level of understanding surrounding various skin conditions. All 5 world-renowned doctors at CLDerm in San Diego are board-certified dermatologists with a keen knowledge in their field.

Q: Is it possible to permanently stop rosacea facial flushing?

A:  Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution for curing rosacea, but there are several effective treatments available that can minimize rosacea symptoms. We suggest visiting an experienced dermatologist for treatment, as you may be a good candidate for oral and/or topical medications, or laser treatment such as Intense Pulsed Light therapy or photodynamic therapy to reduce the redness and put the symptoms in remission.
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Schedule Your Consultation With A San Diego Dermatologist Today

To better understand the various treatment options offered by our team of world-renowned dermatologists in San Diego for the successful management of rosacea, we encourage you to contact our medical practice today to schedule your initial consultation by calling (858) 943-2113. When you’re able to meet with one of our expert dermatologists in person, we can then develop a completely customized plan of action to help diminish the appearance of your rosacea for good.

For more information about how to overcome unwanted rosacea of the face and body, please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today.