Acne rosacea is an inflammatory disorder of the skin, commonly seen in adults with fair complexions. It is genetically-based and is caused by blood vessel ingrowth near the skin’s surface that can cause anything from mild facial flushing, to persistent redness, to more severe pimples and skin thickening. When these vessels dilate they cause flushing and the release of mediators that cause skin redness and inflammation.
Although this disorder is primarily genetically-based, there are a number of environmental triggers, including the sun, heat and steam. Other triggers that can aggravate this condition are hormones, stress and diet (caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, etc.). Food allergies can also be contributors to skin inflammation.
Although acne rosacea is relatively hard-wired in our genes, we can still control our symptoms.
Cleanse with a gentle cleanser twice daily.
Use a calming toner.
Protect against the sun: apply SPF broadspectrum sunscreen every morning and, if you plan to be outdoors a lot, add a low percentage vitamin C serum to the mix.
At night, you can alternate between a gentle AHA cream to help exfoliate your skin and a mild retinol to reduce sebum production and increase exfoliation and skin turnover.
The key here is to be gentle with your skin and not to exacerbate it with too brisk an exfoliation or extremes of temperature.
If you fail to respond to daily maintenance measures you may require the additional help of medical grade chemical peels and / or our light or laser based therapies offered at our clinic. We will be happy to walk you through this process if you are having difficulties.
In Clinic Treatments:
The OPL is an incredibly effective light-based treatment to help eradicate problematic blood vessels that cause flushing and redness. It is also effective at reducing the sebaceous gland output that contribute to the acne portion of your skin irritation to some extent. Usually 3-5 treatments of OPL spaced about a month apart will significantly improve your skin’s appearance.
Chemical peels can help soothe inflammation and aid in gentle exfoliation to help boost your home care regimen. They leave your skin looking smoother and more lustrous.
If active acne is the more predominant problem, we can make significant inroads to controlling this with our photo-dynamic therapy (PDT). Here we apply a topical agent (levulinic acid) to your skin before an OPL treatment to selectively target sebum production. This is a very potent method of controlling otherwise stubborn and unresponsive acne. Significant improvement in acne control can occur with just 1 to 2 sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
The bad news is that acne rosacea is genetically-based and therefore it is a disorder to control and manage but not necessarily eradicate. The good news is that we can significantly improve your skin quality with relatively simple, safe and cost-effective measures. If you wish to come in for a complimentary consultation, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.