As a medical professional in the aesthetic industry, you encounter all types of skin and skin conditions. Rosacea is a common skin disease that causes rednesses, acne-like breakouts, visible blood vessels, irritation, and overall discomfort. It can occur in anyone and the specific cause is unknown. It could be a combination of hereditary or environmental factors and certain factors may trigger or aggravate the condition, but it all depends on the patient.
Many patients will seek help or treatment for their Rosacea. There are various options to help treat the Rosacea. Using sunscreen, avoiding triggers, following a proper skin care routine, various home remedies and using makeup can all help reduce redness. For some people who experience more severe Rosacea, it can be treated with medications like Antibiotics or Isotretinoin (a powerful acne medication).
If those options are still not providing the results your patient desires, Rosacea can also be treated with lasers or light therapy if the rosacea has caused visible blood vessels or thickening skin. Many patients see a 50% to 75% reduction in visible blood vessels after several sessions. As with most laser treatments, multiple treatments may be required and results are not permanent but they are longer lasting. Results tend to last 3 to 5 years and additional treatments may be required. The risks and side effects of a laser treatment are very minimal, especially if administered by trained professionals.
One of the only caveats of laser or light therapy is the price. Often times insurance companies do not cover laser treatments, so you will have to pay out of pocket, which can get costly. The price depends and can vary but a session could cost around $500 to $600, and as mentioned before, multiple sessions are usually needed. For many though, lasers and light therapy can provide a relief for their Rosacea and is a welcomed treatment.
As always, if you are experiencing Rosacea, it is important to discuss options with your medical professional. Every person is different and treatment plans should be personalized to your specific case and skin type. A skilled professional will be able to come up with the right treatment plan for you to help with your Rosacea.