Rosacea Treatment in Baton Rouge: Getting Rid of the Red

The red and inflamed skin or splattering of small bumps and pimples across your face leave you feeling self-conscious.  Well past 30, shouldn’t these types of skin problems be far behind you by now?  Unfortunately for some, with each new phase of life comes a new prominent skin concern.  Many experience acne in their teens and sun damage in their later years.  The time in between, however, may be marked by the beginning of Rosacea.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea flare-ups are characterized by redness along the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead.  Over time, patients may also develop concerns such as small bumps or pimples, skin thickening, and eye irritation.  The condition is most commonly observed in individuals over the age of 30 who have fair skin and tend to blush easily.  It may also come and go.  While the exact cause of Rosacea is not understood, there are treatment options available that can bring relief.

Top Rosacea Treatment Options

With three board-certified dermatologists on staff, the Dermasurgery Center team sees and treats Rosacea on a nearly daily basis.  The goal, of course, is to improve the overall appearance and health of skin while leaving our patients as satisfied as possible with their appearance.  Here are some of preferred methods for easing the symptoms of rosacea:

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) – As far as laser treatments go, few are quicker and easier than IPL.  The high-intensity pulses of light penetrate deeply into the skin, treating tissue and blood vessels that lie below while leaving the outermost surface undamaged.  Because rosacea stems from a vascular response, treating the blood vessels with IPL can help improve redness, burning, and stinging.  The number of treatments required will depend on the severity of the condition.

Pulsed Dye Laser – Pulsed dye lasers are perfectly suited for treating conditions such as rosacea or lesions that originate within the vascular system.  The V-beam Pulsed Dye laser is our go-to.  It addresses redness with the use of a single wavelength of light in each pulse.  Considered a “vascular laser,” it is used to treat dilated blood vessels, and specifically targets the red protein in blood cells, known as hemoglobin.  Again, multiple treatments will be needed to reach desirable results.

Topical Treatments – There is no shortage of topical treatments making big claims in the fight against rosacea.  We like to be selective and ensure that what we recommend to our patients really does the trick.  For that reason, we recommend Peche from Neocutis to our rosacea patients.  Research has indicated that changes to anti-microbial peptides in the skin contributes to redness and inflammation.  Peche uses four ingredients to fight these changes and keep skin calm. 

If red, irritated skin from rosacea is an area of concern for you, consider one of the above options to bring relief.  Contact Dermasurgery Center at our Baton Rouge or Lafayette location, and schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist who can help guide you from rosacea to radiant.