Do you suffer from a persistent red face? Rosacea is a skin disorder that affects roughly 10% of the population. It is characterized by reddened raised skin patches, visible blood vessels, small red solid bumps, and pus-filled pimples. While rosacea often appears similar to acne, there are no blackheads, and rosacea can be accompanied by swelling and pain.
The flushes and pustules associated with rosacea change the look of the face, often making Burnaby and Vancouver patients self-conscious about their appearance. Unfortunately, make-up only irritates the skin and makes the problem worse, so concealer isn’t an effective option.
Subtypes of Rosacea
Medical experts and dermatologists have identified four different subtypes of rosacea:
- Subtype 1 – Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: Symptoms include persistent redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels
- Subtype 2 – Papulopustular Rosacea: Symptoms include raised red bumps and pimples, often filled with pus
- Subtype 3 – Phymatous Rosacea: Symptoms include red skin plaques (raised skin patches) and skin thickening, often leading to an enlarged nose due to excess tissue
- Subtype 4 – Ocular Rosacea: Occurs when rosacea manifests in and around the eyes. Symptoms include sties, burning, tearing up, dry eye, swollen eyelids, and corneal damage, which can lead to vision loss
Burnaby and Vancouver patients with rosacea can experience several of these subtypes at once, or they may occur one by one. Although rosacea doesn’t necessarily evolve from one subtype to another, each individual symptom can worsen, progressing from mild to moderate to severe.
Because of the potential long-term effects, it’s recommended that patients who may be suffering from rosacea seek early diagnosis and treatment to minimize the impact of the condition.
To provide a gentle and safe treatment for all types of rosacea, we use IPL photofacials. The IPL photofacial treatment uses intense pulsed light to penetrate the skin and targets the darker rosacea areas with intense light.
The light heats and then causes minor damage to pigmented areas and visible blood vessels, and triggers the body’s natural healing response. As the body repairs the damage, the targeted areas are reabsorbed and vanish, leaving behind clear skin.
If you’re interested in evaluating your skin for rosacea treatment, contact our office in the Burnaby and Vancouver area and arrange a consultation with Dr. Jaffer at (604) 298-4481.