IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is currently being used to treat rosacea and vascular lesions effectively. As a chronic and progressive skin disease, rosacea can cause redness and swelling on the face that may gradually involve the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. As the disease worsens, the redness becomes more severe and small blood vessels, acne-like pimples and cysts become visible on the skin’s surface. Rosacea can be stimulated by exposure to extremely hot and cold temperatures, emotional stress, alcohol, hot beverages, spicy foods and certain skin care products. Rosacea usually becomes prominent between 30-50 years of age and most commonly affects fair-skinned individuals.
The treatment for rosacea includes non-ablative (noninvasive) IPL treatment. IPL is an exciting technology compared to traditional laser combining the effects of two natural sources, light and heat. Vascular treatment requires wavelengths of 500-670nm and 870-1400nm. For optimal results, the IPL sessions for rosacea should be spaced 4 weeks apart, for a total of 4-5 continuous treatments. To control flare-ups, wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must, as well as avoiding environmental factors that trigger this condition.