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Rosacea and Its Treatment Options | Institute Insights

by | Aug 21, 2017 | Non-Surgical Treatments

Medical Spa Treatments in Chicago: Rosacea

 
Rosacea is a wide spread redness of the face and skin on other parts of the body as well. This condition effects about 14 million people in the United States alone. Most people with rosacea are between 30 and 50 years old, fair skinned, with light hair and eyes. This skin condition has affected people outside of these parameters also. Teens and young adults often see early signs as well. Red, bumpy, sometimes swollen skin are all signs of rosacea. Usually the damage is only cosmetic, but the eyes can sometimes be effected. This could lead to blurred vision.
 

What Does Rosacea Look Like?

 

Rosacea affects everyone in a different way. Patients show various combinations of symptoms. Here are some of the most common rosacea symptoms seen at Chicago Cosmetic Institute:

 
  • Constant redness of the face. Flush look more than usual. Redness often appears at the center of the face and moves outward. There can also be burning and swelling involved.
  • Small red lines under the skin. Blood vessels under the skin become larger and inflamed. This area of the skin is often swollen and red.
  • Redness is constant and small bumps may appear as well. The little bumps on the skin can fill with pus. The solid bumps can become painful in time and should be removed.
  • Redness and inflammation can often spread to the eyes and eyelids.
  • The nose may become larger, red, and bumpy. This is experienced mostly by men.
  • Some of the skin on the face can become thicker. Usually found on the forehead, chin, and cheeks.
 

How Does Rosacea Happen?

 
There are many contributing factors to rosacea. Lifestyle, diet, and product choices can all help or hurt its spread. Rosacea has been linked to issues with blood vessels. Blood vessels are what cause the red look. People who blush a lot can get rosacea more easily as the vessels in the skin open and close. Many doctors also believe the condition is somewhat genetic. The condition tends to run in family trees.
 
Rosacea has been linked to acne, often referred to as “acne rosacea”. The treatments for the two are actually very similar. Many of the same treatments reduce effects of both conditions.
 

Contributing factors to rosacea are not 100% proven and often change. Here are the most believed factors that can make it worse:

 
  • Heat
 
  • Hot water
 
  • Sun
 
  • Harsh wind
 
  • Very cold temperatures
 
  • Alcohol
 
  • Spicy foods
 
  • Menopause
 
  • Stress
 
  • Steroid usage

 Cosmetic Treatments for Rosacea

 
Rosacea cannot necessarily be cured, but there are many ways to stop it in its tracks and reduce the appearance of the skin redness. At Chicago Cosmetic Institute, we perform hundreds of treatments for rosacea every year. Regardless of the severity of your issues, there are things that can be done to remove the effects it has had on your skin.
 

Dermabrasion

 
Dermabrasion is one of the more common treatments for the removal of rosacea. During this treatment, a small rotary brush is used to remove the top layer of the skin. The layer underneath is smooth, new skin. This can be helpful for people who have bumps on the skin from rosacea. The bumps can be rubbed away, bringing all your skin to the same smooth, level surface.
 
Dermabrasion can lead to initial redness of the face, but will go away after about a week. The underlying skin is a more natural color once healed and much of the redness will be gone.

 

Laser Resurfacing

 
Laser resurfacing uses the power of light to change the color and resurface the skin. Laser is generally an option after the acne portion of the rosacea is controlled. It is more important to take care of that aspect before begging skin treatments like laser. There are many topical medicated lotions for this and other corrective procedures.
 
A laser is a great option for treating redness and skin irregularities that arise from rosacea. Blemishes and scars can be treated as well as the redness to bring everything to the right color at the same time. The skin lasering technique hits the skin with short, concentrated pulsating beams of light. The layers of the skin come off one by one. This skin treatment is also referred to as lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization.
 

Are Rosacea Procedures Right for Me?

 
Though the exact reasons for rosacea are not known, there are many options to remove its effects from the skin with no down time at all. Laser resurfacing and dermabrasion are available in Chicago at the Chicago Cosmetic Institute. Get in touch with us today so that we can talk about the options you have for rosacea removal.
 
These procedures are not for everyone. Many people can use over the counter lotions to remove redness from the skin as well. Procedures like the ones mentioned here are geared towards serious issues with rosacea. Usually treatment would only be necessary for stage 2 or worse. Talking to a doctor will be the best way to know if you are a good candidate for any of these procedures.
 
Thanks for reading,
 
CCI TEAM

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