What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition in which redness and small, pus-filled bumps develop on the face. It is a genetic inflammatory disorder with no known cause and is more common in people with fair skin and light eyes. A hypersensitivity to the sun and other factors cause the blood vessels near the surface of the skin to expand and the rush of circulation to the area make the complexion appear red. When the body notices an injury (in this case, the rush of circulation & dilation of blood vessels) it sends more inflammatory cells to the area in an attempt to fix the problem, which exacerbates it.
What are the Causes?
The cause of rosacea is not known, but a combination of environmental and hereditary factors may be a source. Poor hygiene is not a cause, contrary to the popular myth. Symptoms may be triggered or aggravated by extreme shifts in temperature, spicy foods and hot drinks, alcohol, sunlight, exercise, cosmetics, drugs that dilate the blood vessels and emotions. Women, people with fair skin, people who are over the age of 30 and people with a people with a family history of rosacea are more likely to develop this skin condition.
What are the Symptoms?
The most common symptoms of rosacea may include:
- Facial redness, including small blood vessels on the nose and cheeks
- Pus-filled bumps on the face
- Irritated, swollen and dry eyes
- Reddened eyelids
- An enlarged nose
There is no cure for rosacea, but treatments can help to control and reduce these signs and symptoms.
How Laser Aesthetic Corrects Rosacea
At Laser Aesthetic in Methuen, Massachusetts, we use Excel V treatments to address rosacea. Excel V is a non-invasive laser treatment that features two different wavelengths to reduce redness. The KTP wavelength is shorter and targets superficial redness and the Nd:YAG wavelength reaches deeper layers of the skin for deeper, larger purple blood vessels. To learn more about Excel V laser treatments, click here.
Schedule a Free Consultation in Merrimack Valley
If you live in the Merrimack Valley and you suffer from rosacea, request an appointment at Laser Aesthetic. At our spa in Methuen, we provide free consultations and we will create a treatment plan just for you. If you reside in Methuen, Lawrence, Haverhill, Andover, Lowell or Dracut, fill out our consultation request form or give us a call at (978) 685-2737.