Many people in Texas, including Renee, are perplexed with a red-faced complexion that never goes away! When this condition is chronic it usually caused by Rosacea. This long-lasting condition is characterized by facial erythema (redness). Rosacea typically begins as redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose, or forehead, but can also less commonly affect the neck, chest, ears, and scalp. In some cases, additional symptoms, such as semi-permanent redness, broken vessels and red acne may develop.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Rosacea but there is help! Photofacials or Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is the preferred treatment choice to remove redness, flushing, and dilated blood vessels found on your face, neck and chest. The benefits can last a long time – but with our Texas sunshine and heat – many people will require maintenance treatments 1-2 times a year depending on the severity of your condition. The good news is that the treatments are simple, effective, cost-affordable and have no downtime!
Dr. Fiona Wright’s Tip:
Rosacea primarily affects lighter skin complexions but can also affect people of other ethnicities. It affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women. It has a peak age of onset between 30 and 60. Triggers that cause episodes of flushing and blushing play a part in the development of rosacea. Exposure to temperature extremes can cause the face to become flushed as well as strenuous exercise, heat from sunlight, severe sunburn, stress, anxiety and cold wind. There are also some food and drinks that can trigger flushing, including alcohol, food and beverages containing caffeine (especially, hot tea and coffee), foods high in histamines and spicy food. Foods high in histamine (red wine, aged cheeses, yogurt, beer, cured pork products such as bacon, etc.) can even cause persistent facial flushing in those individuals without rosacea due to a separate condition, histamine intolerance.
With a little knowledge from above and with a series of effective IPL treatments designed specifically for your concerns, you can begin to enjoy that clear complexion you have always wanted. Call today for a personal consultation and watch your redness disappear, and experience a new self- confidence!