About Rosacea and facial redness

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder. Rosacea can vary from mild episodes of facial blushing or flushing to permanent red facial skin. Individuals with fair skin, particularly those of Scottish, Irish or Celtic descent, are more predisposed to rosacea, although dark-skinned individuals are not spared. Anything that causes the face to flush - sun exposure, alcohol, heat, cold weather, wind, cosmetics, exercise, spicy foods, medication - can worsen rosacea symptoms.

The South Island doctors appreciate the long term distress experienced by many suffering from rosacea. They will approach your treatment for both the medical and cosmetic nature of the skin condition. Together with your physician you will design a treatment plan which may involve a photorejuvenation session, a laser session, a prescribed skin care program, or a combination of treatments that will clear your rosacea.

IPL Treatment for Rosacea

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are very effective at reducing the redness and removing small facial veins of rosacea by disrupting the hemoglobin. IPL will reduce the redness of the face, neck and chest that goes along with rosacea. There is no down time or anesthetic required.

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How many IPL treatments would I require?

You will see results after just one 30 minute session. A typical treatment plan is usually 3 – 5 sessions spaced 5 weeks apart. With a sufficient number of treatments, this method may even eliminate the redness altogether, though additional periodic treatments will likely be necessary to remove newly-formed capillaries.

Other Treatments for Rosacea

There are other treatments for rosacea if, in consultation with your physician, you decide IPL is not right for you.


Our doctors often recommend a microdermabrasion session to prepare the skin for IPL and maximize its benefits. This procedure is inexpensive and non-invasive with no down time or side effects.

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