Rosacea appears on the face. It can be an irritating condition, as well as a source of embarrassment for many people who suffer from it. Rosacea can be mild to severe and have different symptoms, many of which can be addressed by non-invasive therapies such as those offered at Skintegrity in Kirkland.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is an inflammatory condition that causes redness or flushing in the skin, which can also include the appearance of blood vessels just below the surface of the skin. There are a few different forms of rosacea that have different symptoms, although all forms include redness and irritation. It is a chronic condition that can be treated with various therapies that include:
- Oral therapies such as antibiotics
- Topical ointments
- Laser treatments or IPL
- Cosmetic surgery
Types of rosacea
There are four different types of rosacea:
- Erythemato-telangiectatic: Symptoms are primarily facial flushing combined with redness. There may be visible blood vessels or roughness and swelling to the skin. The skin may also feel irritated.
- Papulo-pustular: Symptoms can look like acne with redness and bumps that look like pimples.
- Phymatous: This form often affects the nose and causes the skin to thicken and form bumps.
- Ocular rosacea: This form of rosacea affects the eyes as well as the skin around the eyes, particularly the eyelids. It can affect vision and cause a great deal of irritation.
What is IPL?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and uses a handpiece that directs a broad spectrum of light at the target area. The wavelength range can be changed depending on the condition your skin type. The light is absorbed by the pigment in your blood or tissue. When the light is absorbed, the vessels and cells are damaged, which stimulates the body to absorb the damaged cells and tissues and to replace them with healthy, new tissue growth.