Rosacea is a common condition that generally displays itself in the individual as facial redness. Those suffering rosacea are not alone. In the US millions of individuals suffer from this form of facial redness. For those suffering with rosacea the bad news is that unfortunately this is a condition that can develop over time and get worse with age if not treated, so it is important to address rosacea early on with an expert dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green.
Can Men get Rosacea?
While rosacea is more likely found in women (three quarters of cases are women), it can also affect men. In addition to this, individuals with a lighter complexion are more susceptible to rosacea. Rosacea can display itself in the individual in different ways, for example a person may experience general redness, bumps and pimples, skin thickening and even eye irritation. These different sub-types are all treatable but the course of action should be discussed with Dr. Green to determine the best course of action.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but not only is it a treatable condition there are also a number of precautions that can be taken to help avoid a flair-up. In short, avoiding activities that can stimulate facial flushing such as hot and cold weather, certain food and beverages (spicy foods and caffeine) and even exercise can be problematic to rosacea sufferers.
Rosacea and Shaving / Skin inflammation
For men, shaving can often exacerbate rosacea. Some individuals who have rosacea and sensitive skin should consider using an electric razor to avoid excessive irritation. Additionally, shaving cream should be chosen with care since many ingredients can also cause irritation. For example, alcohol-based products are known to be problematic. If you find your shaving cream or aftershave burning or stinging then it is better to stop using these items since it can cause a rosacea outbreak in those susceptible to the condition.
In general terms most rosacea treatments start by targeting any irritation and inflammation and bringing this under control first. This phase is then followed up with direct treatment on the flushing and redness to improve the overall look of the skin. Dr. Green will advise as to the best course of action in your own individual case, however many treatments consist of using the V-Beam and IPL lasers.
V-beam Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment for Rosacea in Men
The way that this particular laser treatment works is that the light from the laser targets the red blood in and around the affected area. This is then absorbed by the red blood and causes the blood vessel wall to contract and this shrinking of the blood vessels in the face cause a reduction in facial redness. There is no down time at all with the V-Beam laser and since the treatment only takes minutes, it will not affect your work schedule. Generally three to five treatments spaced one month apart will improve the overall texture, redness, color, build new collagen, and rejuvenate the skin.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy
IPL is an alternative approach to treating redness and rosacea in the face. This is a complimentary approach to the V-Beam again with no downtime after treatment. A session of IPL therapy will take around fifteen minutes and patients generally have no discomfort as the treatment takes place. Three to five treatments with IPL in monthly intervals will treat Rosacea & Sunspots effectively in what is termed a “photofacial.”