Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition where areas of redness appear on the face and may include small red bumps on your nose, cheeks, forehead and/or chin.
Getting treatment can help your skin look and feel better and it may keep your rosacea from getting worse. While there is no cure, most people can control their symptoms and keep the disease from getting worse with treatment. Treatments may include topical or oral medication, also BBL laser treatments.
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For mild rosacea, your provider may prescribe a topical cream or gel that is applied to the skin to reduce flushing/ redness. Some topical medications reduce flushing by constricting blood vessels. They provide temporary relief and need to be reapplied regularly to maintain results. There are also topical medications to treat the pimples that occur with mild rosacea
Your provider may prescribe an oral antibiotic for moderate to severe rosacea with bumps and pimples. If you have severe rosacea that doesn’t respond to other therapies, your doctor may suggest a more powerful oral acne drug that also helps clear up acne-like lesions.
BBL laser treatments
BBL uses broadband infrared light treatments that stimulate the dermis and epidermis, changing skin at the molecular level. It is a non-invasive and gentle procedure with virtually no downtime. In most cases, you are able to apply makeup, return to work and resume most of your activities immediately.
Facial Redness (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea)
What areas are treated?
Areas of the face are treated, including your nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin.
What can I expect during a BBL procedure?
- Your eyes will be protected with safety shield glasses. Usually there is no need for anesthetic but your provider may use one on more sensitive areas. You may feel a quick, warm sensation while the light is absorbed into the targeted areas. The procedure may take anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour.
The BBL procedure is non-invasive and gentle with virtually no downtime. In most cases, you are able to apply makeup, return to work, and resume activities immediately. For topical and oral medications, you need to make sure to continually take them in order to maintain results.