Rosacea – or acne rosacea to give it its formal title – is a dermatological condition that is usually associated with adults.

It presents with redness around the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead and is often associated with pustules. It is normally managed by your GP using prescription antibiotics. Occasionally, in severe cases, it can also be treated with a drug called Roaccutane under the supervision of a consultant dermatologist. Conventional antibiotic treatment or specialist treatment by a dermatologist is the mainstay of treatment for this condition. Occasionally, if you have a less severe form of rosacea, or if you do not wish to undergo conventional drug treatment, a treatment called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) can help improve some of the symptoms.

Non-surgical treatments for rosacea include:

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

This treatment uses very bright light, in a short burst, to target pigments within the skin. The pigments that are targeted are red and brown, which generates a burst of heat, which typically destroys red blood vessels and reducing the appearance of redness on the skin. There is also some evidence that the heat generated can help to destroy some of the glands that produce the excess sebum also sometimes associated with acne rosacea. The treatment can be quite painful, but is usually over with very quickly.

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