As we observe Rosacea Awareness Month, it is essential to shed light on this common yet often misunderstood skin condition. Rosacea affects millions of people worldwide, causing redness, flushing, bumps, and visible blood vessels on the face. It can be a source of frustration for those living with it, impacting their self-esteem and quality of life. However, with advancements in medical technology, there are effective treatments available, such as BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy, that can significantly improve rosacea symptoms. We offer this amazing treatment here at Beacon Skin & Surgeries/BE medi spa.

 

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that primarily affects the face, although it can occasionally involve the neck and chest. It tends to develop gradually and worsen over time if left untreated. While the exact cause of rosacea remains unknown, several factors contribute to its development, including genetics, environmental triggers, and abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face.

 

Common symptoms of rosacea include:

  1. Persistent redness: This often appears as a flushed look, particularly on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead.
  2. Visible blood vessels: Small, dilated blood vessels called telangiectasia may become noticeable on the skin.
  3. Bumps and pimples: Inflammatory papules and pustules resembling acne may develop, especially in the central facial areas.
  4. Thickened skin: In some cases, the skin may thicken and develop a bumpy texture, particularly on the nose (rhinophyma).

 

How does BroadBand Light (BBL) therapy help Rosacea?

  1. Reduction of redness: BBL emits specific wavelengths of light that target hemoglobin, the pigment in red blood cells. This targeted energy heats the blood vessels causing redness, leading to their contraction and reduction in appearance. As a result, the overall redness and flushing associated with rosacea can be significantly reduced.
  2. Diminishment of visible blood vessels: In addition to reducing redness, BBL can also target and treat visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) commonly seen in rosacea. The light energy from BBL is absorbed by the hemoglobin in these vessels, causing them to coagulate and eventually fade from view.
  3. Stimulation of collagen production: BBL therapy also stimulates the production of collagen, a crucial protein that provides structure and support to the skin. By stimulating collagen production, BBL can improve skin texture, thickness, and resilience. This is beneficial for individuals with rosacea, as it can help reduce the appearance of bumps and thickened skin associated with the condition.

 

Overall, BBL therapy offers a comprehensive approach to managing rosacea by targeting multiple aspects of the condition, including redness, inflammation, visible blood vessels, and skin texture. It is a non-invasive and well-tolerated treatment option that can provide significant improvements in the appearance and symptoms of rosacea, leading to clearer, healthier-looking skin and improved quality of life for patients. Call 248-852-1900 if you have been dealing with rosacea & want to discuss your treatment options!