Laser Treatment and Rosacea. A Good or Bad Idea? Rosacea

For almost every skin problem there is, there is some form of laser treatment available for it. And you know what? It would make sense since rosacea appears rather close to the skin’s surface, in those micro-veins going through it. And if one thing that laser surgeries do well, is help with conditions closer to the skins surface.

To give an example, one condition called stretch marks stretches the whole skin and runs very deep, so using a laser surgery on it might help it look better for a while, on the surface, but after a while it returns to it’s original as they deeper layers were not healed.

However, while it makes sense that laser treatment should be good for rosacea because of how near the top of your skin it is… Does it actually work?

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Laser Treatments And What Can They Do For Rosacea

As said before, laser treatments are expanding very fast, however they still have one issue that prevents them from reaching their full potential. And that is more official studies that would without a doubt show if a certain type of laser or method has results for a certain type of skin condition. This is why for example, treating stretch marks with lasers isn’t recommended.

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Example of using the IPL laser , before and after.

This story however, gets a 180° turn as soon as you take a look at rosacea. While there are still not as many studies done, there are enough of them being done to be able to claim the following:

 

  • The so called pulsing dye laser or otherwise PDL has a known track record of successfully being used for flushing small blood vessels on your face. It has also been used for rosacea treatments as well. On RealSelf under Rosacea Treatment, the rating is 80% for using a this treatment. So if you decide on it, it has a very high chance of working out for you. One thing you need to remember about this treatment though, is that it costs a lot more than any other treatment, so you will need to spend at least 500$ for the three trips or more that you will need to make to the dermatologist office, not to mention transportation prices. So in the end, if you want a very high chance of removal, and aren’t afraid to spend half a grand to achieve it, go for it!

 

  • The next laser or to be honest not really a laser, the instense pulsed light therapy or IPL is one that doesn’t even use a laser to get the job done. IPL has also been confirmed to have some effect on reducing the rosacea symptoms such as flushing, redness and constant blushing. While the study did confirm it, it also stated that IPL does not work for everyone, but the chance to produce results are still over 60%, which is decent. Just like PDL, this one requires you to pay a hefty amount of money, so you might want to think twice, especially since this is not a permanent solution.

As of now, these 2 lasers are on center stage for treating rosacea. No other laser has enough users and studies done, to warrant it worthy or unworthy. So for now, these 2 laser types are the options that you have if you prefer a laser surgery over something like cream solutions. Do however remember that laser surgery is not a permanent solution. You might need to keep going back throughout your life in order to keep the outbreaks at bay, which means multiple 500$+ payments consistently.

Alternatives For Treating Rosacea

Now, you might be thinking that laser surgery, while it might work for you.. may be a bit too expensive for a condition that can’t really be cured, only controlled. For that reason, there are 2 more treatment methods that you can take:

  • Homemade treatments – Certain ingredients in certain foods and fruits have a positive effect on reducing the blushing and redness. Go here to read the full list.
  • OTC treatments – Creams, antibiotics, solutions that have specific ingredients in them that either completelly control any outbreaks, or do a good job at it. Read our recommendations about them here.