Treating Red Lines
If Rosacea is
left untreated, red lines (known as telangiectasis) may appear. These are as a result of blood vessels in
the face becoming enlarged or damaged. Currently the
only choices for treating these red lines is to cover them with makeup or
correct them with surgery.
The damaged blood
vessels may be treated in one of three main ways :
i) By injecting a concentrated saline (saltwater) solution into vessels
to cause them to close up;
ii) By using a laser or cautery to seal the broken
vessels and prevent blood flow to the surface. According to an
article on WebMd.Com, with traditional laser treatment of these lines they
will typically disappear after two to four laser treatments. According to the
same article the cost to treat one view this would be $150 for each of two
treatments. If there are several veins, the cost could rise to several hundred
iii) Mixed light pulse (Photoderm) which, despite it's
name is not a laser treatment, is emerging as an effective treatment for these Rosacea symptoms.
According to the same webmd.com article mentioned above, mixed light pulse
therapy works by sending light energy through the outer skin, concentrating on
the dermal layer just below. This attacks the problem from the inside; it
stimulates growth of collagen. So there is no visible damage, no healing that
has to occur.
Brady Barrows who runs the rosacea-control.com
claims to have a diet to control flare-ups which he sells
for $10. We have no first hand knowledge of the
effectiveness of this diet.
See the lifestyle
page for additional information on proper skin care.
Treatments to Avoid
Topical steroids may help the symptoms initially but can severe problems over time
and should be avoided. (Steroids may be sold under brand
names such as DesOwen and Westcort.)
Acne Treatments - Although
rosacea used to be called 'acne rosacea', rosacea is no longer
considered a form of acne and the treatments are quite
different. Benzoyl peroxide, a common ingredient of many acne
treatments, may actually make rosacea symptoms worse.
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