Acne Rosacea is a skin condition that manifests as a red or splotchy pink coloring to the cheeks and other facial areas of those who suffer from this condition. The estimate is that 14 million people in the USA have this disease and a cure in the traditional academic sense has yet to be found. There are various pharmaceutical skin care treatments to help reduce redness, but even these do not have the same results in everyone.
When a person suffers from rosacea, typically they have bouts of what are called “flare-ups” which are instances of inflammation which show up as redness, not only in places that are unwanted, but in ways that can be extremely embarrassing. Sometimes, the redness can be as bright as a very bad sunburn and usually this makes the victim of this horrible skin condition afraid to venture outdoors for fear of the reaction from others.
Emotional Toll of Rosacea Can Be Significant
These feelings of rejection can result in serious periods of depression, much like cases of extreme acne that persists far beyond average cases. This feeling of hopelessness connected with isolation, like nobody else knows what it’s like, or as if there’s no way they can ever overcome this disease, can cause a person to give up and simply avoid all possible social situations.
For some, simply going to the store to get a jug of milk can feel like the biggest chore because, inevitably, they are going to be required to face another human being, unless they’re lucky enough to find a self-checkout lane. The self-ridicule that accompanies this condition is usually worse than the actual judgments by others. Whatever the case, rosacea is a difficult condition that can cause deep emotional issues and should be addressed with proper skin care in order to help reduce redness.
Intense Pulsed Light Treatment Option
One option to reduce the redness associated with rosacea is IPL or Intense Pulsed Light treatments. This type of treatment uses, as the name implies, intense pulses of light to basically “burn off” the skin that is most affected. Although this sounds almost counter-intuitive, the results for some can be dramatic. In some cases, the redness disappears completely or with only a minor hint of pink compared to frequent heavy redness. This solution can be an extremely satisfying thing for those who suffer from extreme cases of rosacea that have battled it to no avail for years. After a period, the rosacea symptoms typically return, so another session of IPL is required, but many times the trade-off between every week flare-ups and a trip to the doctor for IPL is well worth it, despite the high cost.