Rosacea is a common skin inflammatory condition, resulting in red facial flushing and telangiectasia (thread veins). Rosacea can be transient, recurrent or persistent, and the cause is often unknown. Several environmental factors can aggravate the condition, such as exposure to weather extremes, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine. Rosacea responds very well to IPL treatments to reduce redness, facial flushing and thread veins; however, the underlying cause cannot be cured; therefore, maintenance treatments are often necessary to control the condition.
Usually, around 3-6 treatments are required depending on the severity of the Rosacea, and a maintenance treatment every four to six months.
- Avoid using exfoliating products and products containing glycolic acid or retinol for seven days.
- Avoid sunbeds/prolonged exposure to sunlight for four weeks
- Avoid fake tan for one week
- Avoid using saunas/steam room on the day of treatment
- Avoid exercising immediately before treatment
A layer of cool gel will be applied to your skin; then, the IPL is pulsed over the skin, this creates a heat reaction to thermo-coagulate the telangiectasia (thread veins). This causes the body to re-absorb the thread veins and reduces the redness on the skin’s surface to create a clearer, more even skin tone.
The IPL can also help to reduce whiteheads and spots typically associated with Rosacea.
Redness, irritation, a mild itching or warm sensation (like sunburn) may occur immediately or within 48 hours.
Larger thread veins may appear darker or grey in colour immediately after the treatment. This is temporary as the skin is healing.
Make-up can be applied several hours after treatment if the skin does not feel sensitive, sore, or irritated and the skin is not broken. Remove make-up carefully with cleanser and pat dry, do not rub your skin as this will irritate it.
Avoid strenuous exercise, steam room, sauna and hot baths for 4-5 days.
Wash and Bath as normal in a lukewarm shower, pat dry skin and apply the recommended home care products.