Do you have Rosacea? If so, you’re in good company. An estimated 14 million Americans, including many Rhode Islanders, have the tell-tale ruddy cheeks, broken capillaries and / or papules and pustules that are markers for this condition.
The good news is that, while medicine can’t cure Rosacea, there are many ways to control it – through lifestyle changes, medications and, for some of the more significant symptoms, laser and intense pulsed light therapies.
But let’s start with the low-hanging fruit.
Lifestyle: If you’ve had Rosacea awhile, you’ve probably heard about these tips before, but as summer approaches they’re well worth repeating – even if you’ve been treated and your symptoms have subsided:
1) Avoid the sun. It can trigger Rosacea flare-ups.
2) When you must be in the sun, use sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection and an SPF of at least 15.
3) Stay cool. Heat can trigger symptoms or make existing ones worse.
4) If you must go outside on a hot day, try to do so in the early morning or evening. If that’s not possible, use a spritzer bottle of cool water to mist your face and cool it down.
5) Don’t take hot, steamy showers or baths.
6) Know your triggers. If spicy foods, alcohol or certain skin care products aggravate your skin, avoid them.
Medication: Dermatologists often prescribe oral and/ or topical medication to control symptoms. These prescription-only meds can help keep your face clear of pimples and pustules, as well as reduce redness. For many people, these meds will keep Rosacea under control and render it essentially invisible, especially if the patient in question embraces the lifestyle changes noted above.
Vascular laser or IPL treatment: Sometimes, however, lifestyle changes and meds are simply not enough, and symptoms persist or even worsen. Fortunately, problems such as telangiectasia (visible blood vessels) and severe redness can be treated with vascular lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices.
At Sea Mist MedSpa, we’ve seen remarkable, long-lasting results from these dermatologic treatments. What’s more, these results that have proven life-changing for many of our patients, especially those whose personal and professional lives have been disrupted by the most severe symptoms of Rosacea.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Sea Mist MedSpa about Rosacea treatment. Too many people suffer needlessly. Don’t be among the 86 percent of people with severe Rosacea who report feeling socially inhibited by their condition, or the two thirds of those severely affected who feel it negatively impacts their working life.
Life-altering treatment is available. What’s more, 70 percent of people who received effective treatment for Rosacea reported improvements in their social (and work) lives, according to the National Rosacea Society. It’s time you joined their ranks.
So please call or write us today for a consultation. You have nothing to lose but your symptoms.