Rosacea is a skin condition of unknown cause. The symptoms can range from repeated intense flushing, dry flaky skin, often with small lumps and may resemble acne. The cheeks are generally cherry red due to actinic or photo-damage to the underlying blood vessels.
These dilated “broken” blood vessels are most likely caused by UV-A light that leads to the destruction of the collagen support around the blood vessels the result of chronic photo-degradation of both vitamin A and C.
To begin, we must address the chronic deficiency of vitamin A in the skin that has been a major contributor to the problem. Generally, the use of a skin-care range containing vitamin A and C with antioxidants will be sufficient treatment for mild cases of rosacea, but it may take several months before the skin is comfortable. In more severe or resistant cases a Benefit or Timeless (vitamin A) peel is recommended.
If these treatments are unable to fully control the rosacea we can reduce the facial redness with IPL treatments.