Light Therapy for Rosacea

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 27, 2012

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Light Therapy for Rosacea

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is used for the treatment of Rosacea.  In IPL therapy, high-intensity pulses of light are emitted, which can be absorbed by even the deeper layers of skin. Many clinical studies have been successful in proving the effectiveness of light therapy in lowering the appearance of rosacea symptoms, which include redness of facial skin, facial flushing and telangiectasia — small blood vessels visible on the nose and cheeks.


[Read: Tips for Rosacea Patients]


Process of Light Therapy

Dermatologists advise light therapy if traditional treatment of medications for rosacea fails. In this, a patient is required to go through multiple sessions of phototherapy over the course of several days.

Before beginning the therapy, dermatologist applies cold gel to the area to be treated. The patient is asked to wear dark/sun glasses to prevent eye problems due to exposure to intensified artificial light. The hand piece of IPL device emits light and is brought into contact with the affected skin. The light gets converted into heat energy. This heat fragments the chromophores and skin absorbs the remaining pulses of heat, which makes it smoother and  appears normal.


[Read: How is Rosacea Treated]


Opt for a Dermatologist

If you are considering  opting for IPL treatment for treating your rosacea affected skin, it would be better if you undertake it under the supervision of a practicing dermatologist.  IPL treatment for rosacea involves certain risks; thus, choose a dermatologist over a spa. Your dermatologist may also guide you on the different types of equipments used, such as the Vbeam laser.

Points to remember:

If you are opting for intense pulsed light therapy to treat rosacea,  it is important to consider the following points:

Not a cure -
Remember that light therapy may give you a long-lasting effect or may return the normal flushing response, but it does not cure rosacea. Even after completion of IPL therapy, you need to see your dermatologist regularly to avoid triggering the symptoms of rosacea again.


Who can get it - Your dermatologist will not agree on light therapy for rosacea if you have a suntan. Inform your dermatologist about all the medical conditions you are suffering from to lower the risk of an infection or problems due to wound healing. In addition, light treatments are not recommended during pregnancy as its effectiveness and side effects in such a condition are under a lot of doubts.


[Read: How to Prevent Rosacea]


Success depends on several factors - The outcome of your light therapy depends on various factors including your skin type, skin condition, your lifestyle and the sun exposure you get following the procedure.


As with other cosmetic techniques, finding a skilled dermatologist for IPL is essential. Make a list of prospective doctors and ask them about their experience and training in this area to ensure the best possible results.


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