Rosacea is a skin condition of the face that gives the cheeks and nose a flushed appearance. As the condition progresses, small blood vessels and tiny pimples begin to appear on, and around, the reddened area. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can halt the progress of the condition.
Acne Rosacea can be treated using a range of new technologies and some patients choose to combine this with medication. Dr Peter Crouch, who has published his treatment approaches for Acne Rosacea, has created a protocol for treatment that we are using in our clinic.
Usually, we can significantly lessen the appearance of redness with 3-6 treatments over a 4-6 month period. Many patients are so delighted with the improvement that they opt to return once a year for a top up treatment to prevent any deterioration.
At MBA Clinic we use the M22 platform or the Lumenis One. This IPL system is the gold stranded in treatment results. We treating acne rosacea using a triple pulse triple filter & multiple pass technique developed for use with this machine by Dr. Peter Crouch.
The process involves three separate exposures of the patient's skin to Intense Pulsed Light - each time the treatment head is rotated 90 degrees (i.e. at right angles to the previous pass). The intention is to even out the delivery of Intense Pulsed Light Energy by off-setting each pass relative to the one before. The change of filters between each pass is intended to deliver energy at varying levels in the skin (and so to target vessels of varying diameter and at varying depth). By using multiple passes, using moderate energy levels, we hope to successfully treat as many vessels as possible whilst minimising the risk of thermal damage to the skin.
Many people with rosacea have a history of frequent blushing or flushing. This facial redness is often the earliest sign of the disorder. While the cause of rosacea is unknown and there is no cure, there is treatment available that can control the signs and symptoms of this disorder. Any one of the following warning signs is a signal to see a physician for diagnosis. Redness on the cheeks,nose,chin or forehead. Small visible blood vessels on the face. Bumps or pimples on the face. Watery or irritated eyes.