Acne and Rosacea
How to treat acne and rosacea are skin concerns that can affect patients of any age. Patients have often tried numerous over the counter products as well as prescription medication and creams before seeking further advice. In both these skin concerns patients can be given long term antibiotics or other medications but unfortunately on stopping them the problem simply returns.
Laser therapy offers a long term solution to both these chronic problems without the need for any medication with excellent results. Both active acne and flare ups of rosacea can be treated along with addressing the chronic effects of these skin conditions to improve the skin’s overall texture and tone.
Although this is often a problem for teenagers it is by no means limited to this age group and many people will experience acne in their later years. Hormones can also play an active role in the exacerbation of acne.
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands* produce too much sebum. The excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells and both substances form a plug in the follicle. If the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it bulges outwards, creating a whitehead. Alternatively, the plugged follicle can be open to the skin, creating a blackhead.
Laser treatment can effectively treat acne and even reduce active acne and boils with immediate results visible and palpable results
*Sebaceous glands are tiny glands found near the surface of your skin which are attached to hair follicles, sebaceous glands produce an oily substance called sebum.
Rosacea is a problem that generally develops over a period of time with flushing and redness of the cheeks. It is a relapsing condition, which means there are periods when symptoms are particularly bad, but less severe at others. Sometimes there is a familial element and sometimes patients will be aware of particular triggers for example alcohol or spicy foods as well as others.
Rosacea has a complex aetiology and its cause is multifactorial. Standard treatments from medication to topical treatments are generally not that helpful in reducing the effects of rosacea.
Laser treatment can however make a dramatic difference to people suffering with rosacea.