Rosacea or couperose is an inflammatory chronic skin condition usually affecting the facial area. It’s characterized by flushing or blushing, pus-filled swellings (pustules), and prominent blood vessels. It mostly appears on the face, typically on the cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. Sometimes, rosacea can appear on the chest, neck, ears, or scalp.
Rosacea’s symptoms can be reduced thanks to several treatment options available. You can also avoid this condition through preventive measures.
Table of Contents
- 1 What Are The Four Types Of Rosacea?
- 2 Rosacea Symptoms
- 3 Causes of Rosacea
- 4 Effective Treatments Options
- 5 Rosacea Treatment Before and After
- 7 How to Prevent Rosacea?
- 8 How Much Does It Cost To Remove Rosacea?
- 9 Are there any side effects of rosacea treatment with lasers?
- 10 How do you permanently treat rosacea?
- 11 How many IPL sessions are needed for rosacea?
- 12 Consult our Specialists
What Are The Four Types Of Rosacea?
There are four different types of rosacea skin conditions. These include:
This type of rosacea is characterized by excessive redness and constant blushing. In severe conditions, visible blood vessels also appear on the skin surface.
Papulopustular rosacea is characterized by whitehead-like pus-filled pustules or bumps. This type of rosacea most commonly affects middle-aged women.
In phymatous rosacea, abnormal skin thickening occurs, affecting the nose and making it look bulbous. Besides the nose, sometimes it can also affect other body parts like the chin, ears, eyelids, and forehead.
In the ocular rosacea, the eyes and eyelids turn red. Patients also experience dryness, irritation, burning, itching, and inflammation in their eyes. Some patients may also experience hypersensitivity to light.
The primary symptom of rosacea is redness on the face or any other body part. Some other symptoms include:
- Burning sensations
- Dry and rough skin
- Eyesight problems
- Hypersensitive skin
- Large pores on the skin
Causes of Rosacea
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but experts opine that it could be due to genetics, the immune system’s hyperactivity, or the environment. It is not a contagious skin condition and is not caused by poor hygiene.
Rosacea may worsen due to:
- Spicy foods and hot beverages
- Wine and other alcoholic beverages
- Exposure to extreme temperatures
- Drugs that cause blood vessels to dilate
- Certain cosmetic products
Factors that raise the risk of rosacea include:
- Being female
- Being over 30
- Having skin prone to sunburn
- Having a family history of rosacea
- Being a smoker
Effective Treatments Options
When it comes to rosacea treatment, it depends on the severity of the problem as well as the patient’s skin condition. A dermatologist examines the skin and recommends the most suitable treatment option.
At Euromed Clinic Center, we offer the following treatments for rosacea:
Rosacea medication may include topical and oral drugs to control symptoms.
Topical medications generally used to treat mild to moderate rosacea include:
- Brimonidine (Mirvaso)
- Oxymetazoline (Rhofade)
To treat moderate to severe rosacea, practitioners prescribe oral medications. These medications include:
- Oral antibiotics – such as doxycycline
- Oral medications for acne – such as isotretinoin
Intense Pulse Laser or IPL therapy is a light-based treatment that can help reduce the appearance of blood vessels and redness on the face caused by rosacea. This treatment involves administering brief flashes of intense, multi-wavelength light to destroy rosacea-affected tissues. It is a straightforward treatment that delivers desired results with no downtime. The results are generally visible in 2-4 weeks.
Depending on your circumstances, your dermatologist may choose the laser option to treat your rosacea. During this treatment, a laser beam is directed to the area affected by rosacea. The heat energy produced by this beam helps collapse unwanted blood vessels, reducing the redness on the skin.
The types of lasers used in rosacea treatment usually include:
- CO2 laser
- YAG laser
Rosacea Treatment Before and After
How to Prevent Rosacea?
Some general practices to help reduce rosacea symptoms to some extent include:
- Avoid things that cause flare-ups.
- Protect the skin from the sun.
- Cleanse the skin gently every day.
- Apply makeup products that may help.
- Avoid overheating your skin after being in a cold environment.
- Do not rub or scrub the skin unnecessarily.
How Much Does It Cost To Remove Rosacea?
The average cost of rosacea treatment in Dubai is 1615 AED. Factors that dictate the exact price of this treatment include:
- Treatment technique selected
- Treatment area
- The severity of the condition
- The expertise of the practitioner
- The geographic location of the clinic
Are there any side effects of rosacea treatment with lasers?
Laser rosacea treatment may cause some swelling and bruising, which generally go away in a few days. You can use icing and gentle skin care practices to soothe your skin during recovery.
How do you permanently treat rosacea?
Unfortunately, currently, there is no treatment available that permanently cures rosacea. However, many therapies and medications can help control its symptoms to a great extent. Besides, some preventive measures and skincare products can also help keep the condition in control.
How many IPL sessions are needed for rosacea?
Typically, patients need 3-4 IPL sessions, each 4-6 weeks apart, to help reduce rosacea symptoms. After that, maintenance sessions will be required once every year.
Consult our Specialists
Do you want to treat blushing or flushing on your face due to rosacea? EuroMed Clinic Dubai is here to help. Call us at +971 4 394 5422 or fill out the form below to book a consultation.
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