Can Laser Resurfacing Treatments Help with Rosacea?

The intense summer months can often be particularly stressful for people who have rosacea, a common skin disease that primarily affects the face and is associated with flushed skin and visible blood vessels. Hot weather, sun exposure, and humidity are known to trigger flare-ups of this condition. Do laser treatments work for rosacea? Our Little Rock-based Dermatology Group of Arkansas often gets this question from people who are searching for ways to manage the chronic skin problem.

Laser and light-based therapies may often be part of the treatment plan for many individuals who have rosacea, especially for those who have visible blood vessels and thickened skin as a result of the disease. Lasers are effective for reducing lasting redness on the surface of the facial skin (along with other acne-like blemishes), can reduce or get rid of visible blood vessels, and can also address thickened skin.

Moxi laser treatments can often be ideal for improving skin problems such as acne and rosacea. This gentle laser treatment reduces pigmentation and boosts new cell growth. It’s an ideal choice for improving cosmetic concerns such as textural issues, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone.

Moxi is a fractionated, non-ablative laser that’s safe for all skin tones and can be used in any season of the year. Its fractionated approach creates thousands of microscopic columns in the skin without breaking the surface. These tiny injuries encourage the skin to create new collagen that makes the skin plumper and smoother. The light energy also damages red-pigmented cells, causing them to break down and lead to a more even appearance.

This skin revitalization treatment has less downtime compared to many other skin resurfacing treatments. In addition to treating rosacea, Moxiis ideal for those who want a light touch up or younger patients who hope to reduce the earliest signs of aging skin or skin damage.

Contact Dermatology Group of Arkansas for answers to questions about rosacea and any other questions you may have relating to laser skin resurfacing. Call us at 501-227-8422 or 1-800-225-8422 or submit out a contact form online and schedule a consultation if you want to learn more about cosmetic procedures to enhance the skin.


What Are the Best Methods to Reduce Uneven Pigmentation?

Discolored patches on the skin are a common condition that may occur because of several possible causes, such as illness, injury, inflammatory problems, or a difference in levels of melanin—the substance that provides color to your skin and gives it some protection against sunlight. The most effective way of treating these discolored areas on the skin depends on their underlying cause, so you should a see a dermatologist if you’re noticing any such lasting changes and want to do something about them. If your overall skin tone is uneven and you’re discovering irregular dark spots, IPL from our Little Rock-based team at Dermatology Group of Arkansas can help you get a more even, uniform skin texture, as can some other techniques.

Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy may sometimes cause dark patches called melasma on both sides of the face. In other cases, darkened blotches on the skin called age spots or sunspots may occur on sun-exposed areas. Acne sufferers can discover marks left on their skin due to inflammation. These dark marks are collectively referred to as hyperpigmentation. As mentioned previously, your skin produces pigment called melanin as a natural way of protecting you from damage caused by sun exposure. Excessive ultraviolet radiation is the primary cause of hyperpigmentation because it disrupts the melanin production process.

Here are some ways to reduce unwanted discolorations:

IPL

IPL is a light-based procedure that gives off multiple flashes of broad bands of light—as opposed to lasers, which produce beams in one focused wavelength. The light energy IPL gives off is absorbed by both melanin and hemoglobin in the skin without harming the surrounding areas. The discolored spots eventually flake away.

Over-the-Counter Products

Several common skincare ingredients can help with pigmentation, including vitamin C, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinol.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are ideal for lightening unwanted pigment on the surface of the skin. A chemical solution is applied, then penetrates into deeper layers depending on its strength. This removes the damaged, older skin on the surface. With this exfoliation, newer, healthier, and clearer skin is revealed. This treatment promotes skin cell renewal.

Want a clearer complexion? Learn more about the benefits of IPL and more from Dermatology Group of Arkansas. Call us at 501-227-8422 or 1-800-225-8422 or fill out a contact form to request a consultation.