Extinguishing the redness
From lasers and lights to new prescription creams and calming over-the-counter skin care products, dermatologists share proven strategies for extinguishing the redness of rosacea for good.
Rosacea treatment: lasers
Lasers are the gold standard for getting rid of the redness of rosacea, says Dr Gary Goldenberg. His two go-tos for rosacea treatment are Syneron-Candela’s V-beam and Cutera’s Excel V. Both apply laser energy to get rid of the spider-like blood vessels that cause redness. The Excel V, however, boasts an enhanced cooling mechanism that targets the exact area being treated. A minimum of two treatments is usually needed for the full redness-reducing effect. “These laser treatments get rid of the blood vessels, but they don’t prevent new ones from forming,” he says. “It’s similar to dying your hair in that maintenance treatments will be needed every six to 12 months to keep redness away.”
Smart skin care
Choosing and using the right skin care products can stop rosacea redness from returning, says Dr Goldenberg. For example, products like PCA Skin’s Dual Action Redness Relief serves double duty as a moisturiser and a concealer. “I pair it with all of my laser treatments because it reduces redness and inflammation on contact with the skin.” Just as important as what is in skin care products is what is not. For example, alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, and eucalyptus oil – which are commonly found in skin care products – are also rosacea triggers. Always choose mild, fragrance-free products and do a patch test first to make sure they won’t irritate your skin, says Dr Goldenberg.