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How to Treat Rosacea

It’s normal to flush every now and then, but if you always look flushed and blush often, it could be a sign of rosacea.  Rosacea is a common skin condition that can cause a lot of emotional distress,  so it’s not surprising that people with rosacea are usually anxious to find out how to treat it. 

Understanding Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder characterized by persistent redness that resembles sunburn.  The redness is typically seen on the face and may involve the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.  However, it may sometimes affect the chest and back.

Other symptoms of rosacea include flushing, inflammation, pimples, and dry, rough skin.   The underlying cause of rosacea is unknown, but common triggers include spicy foods, stress, alcohol, heat, and caffeine.  

Rosacea can affect individuals of all ages and skin types but is most common in people with fair skin.  

How To Treat Rosacea

While there is no cure for rosacea, the Sciton BBL (BroadBand Light) system can alleviate symptoms of the disorder and improve the appearance of the skin.  

Sciton BBL is a powerful light-based device that uses a range of wavelengths to address symptoms such as chronic redness, visible blood vessels, and thickening of the skin. 

BBL is a versatile, effective treatment that is used to treat rosacea and several other skin concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, and age spots.   The device is safe for use by people of all ages and skin types. 

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BBL Treatments For Rosacea

The BBL device emits short pulses of light that heat the upper layers of the skin and trigger cell regeneration.  The process of cell renewal makes the skin clearer, vibrant, and more youthful.  

BBL also targets the small, superficial blood vessels that contribute to rosacea redness. The light energy targets the hemoglobin in the blood vessels and causes them to contract.  This decreases the amount of blood near the surface of the skin and leads to a reduction in facial redness.   

Sciton BBL is a gentle treatment that does not require topical anesthetic.  Patients may feel a warm sensation during the procedure as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas, but the treatment is not painful. 

Depending on the size of the area being targeted, a single BBL session can take anywhere from 15-60 minutes. 

What To Expect After Treatment?

There is virtually no downtime after BBL treatment so patients can generally return to work or resume regular activities immediately.  Patients may experience some redness after the procedure, but this typically resolves within a few hours. 

How Many BBL Treatments Will I Need?

The skin will start to look smoother and clearer after just one BBL treatment, but most people need between 3 to 6 treatments to achieve the desired improvement in the appearance of the skin.  

Preventing Rosacea Flare-ups 

Rosacea flare-ups are embarrassing to deal with, but regular BBL treatments help minimize rosacea redness and keep the skin looking smooth and clear.   People suffering from rosacea who have BBL treatments done consistently are generally able to keep symptoms at bay. 

Using gentle skincare products can also help reduce rosacea flares.  Ingredients in some skincare products can be too harsh for rosacea-prone skin and make the condition worse.  Abrasive cloths should also be avoided.

If you have rosacea,  it is also essential to protect your skin by avoiding direct sunlight and wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen when going outdoors.  Avoiding triggers also helps to minimize flare-ups.

Although rosacea cannot be cured, having regular BBL treatments, and taking care of your skin, can make redness less noticeable and reduce flare-ups.  

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