Life with rosacea can be difficult. If you struggle with this skin issue, then you know how flare-ups can lead to self-consciousness, inconvenience, and discomfort. Perhaps you’ve been living with rosacea for a while and have identified most of your triggers. If you’ve been able to avoid many of those triggers, you may have noticed some improvement in flare-ups but not a complete reduction of redness. Effective, safe, gentle treatments offered by Dr. Steven Greene are a good way to further the results you have achieved by avoiding triggers.
Intense pulsed light therapy, also called IPL, works by sending pulses of multi-wavelength light into the sub-layers of skin. Because it uses light, this treatment is also referred to as a photofacial. The light heats up the tissue for various beneficial results, including constricting blood vessels that are causing rosacea symptoms. The blood vessels are prevented from carrying out the overly sensitive vascular response that leads to redness. It may take a few treatment sessions to reach desired results.
Fractional laser skin resurfacing sends laser energy below the skin to vaporize the unnecessary, inflamed blood vessels causing facial redness. Laser resurfacing also improves the overall appearance of your skin and face. Like a photofacial, laser therapy typically requires multiple sessions to achieve great results, which can last for many months or years before retouching may be needed.
A Hydrafacial is a wonderful option if you are interested in a relaxing, spa-like treatment. This soothing facial removes impurities and feeds the skin with nourishing serums. Water molecules, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants are infused directly into the tissue. Although this facial provides a wide array of benefits, for people with rosacea it has the added effect of calming redness and improving skin texture. Results are immediate and you can go right back to your day after the appointment.
Dr. Greene also recommends a customized skincare plan for your level of redness and inflammation. During your consult, he will examine your skin and discuss products that will reduce redness without triggering flare-ups.
If you are experiencing redness and rosacea and are ready to do something about it, please contact Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle at 206-402-4797. Dr. Steven Greene is a board-certified dermatologist who has helped numerous patients enjoy calmer, cooler, clearer skin with today’s state-of-the-art facial treatments.
Summer is here, and while many are eager to get outside and enjoy the warm weather, it also means that your skin is also at more risk. Whether you have allergies or spend most of your time out in the sun, there are several ways your skin can become damaged if precautions aren’t taken. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your skin stays smooth and healthy all summer long. Here are some skin care tips to keep in mind to prevent sun damage.
Use Sunscreen and Wear a Hat
This is by far the most important tip on our list. If you are going out in the sun for more than 30 minutes, you need to wear sunscreen. This is even more important if you are going outside between 10am and 4pm, which is when the sun’s UVA and UVB rays are the strongest. Clouds don’t block much sunlight either, so it’s critical that you wear both a sunscreen and a hat during the summer. Make sure to apply SPF 30 or higher for long-lasting protection.
Drink Plenty of Water
If you get a sunburn or are exposed to sunlight for more than 30 minutes, make sure you drink a lot of water. Sunburns can cause what is known as vasodilation, which dilates your skin’s blood vessels and make the skin lose water. This can lead to dehydration, so be sure to drink water frequently when exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time.
Be Careful With Exfoliants
While it is important to exfoliate your skin year-round, try not to overdo it during the summer months. Too much exfoliation will leave your skin much more sensitive to sunlight, so try to use gentler scrubs on sunnier days.
Want to Reduce the Appearance of Sun Damage?
If you have any sunspots or other forms of hyperpigmentation due to sun damage, call Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle today at 206-402-4797 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Greene. He can identify the best treatment for your condition, ranging from IPL to laser skin resurfacing. We are happy to serve patients living in Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, and other neighboring Washington communities.