Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that affects the face causing redness, tiny blood vessels to become prominent, acne like pimples, and more rarely, red eyes or enlarged nose.
If you are looking for the best treatment to reduce redness on the face, even if caused by rosacea, then broad band light (BBL) or the photofacial as it is also known, is the answer.
A photofacial uses a red light energy that is filtered to allow only a narrow spectrum of energy to shine on the face. It is applied section by section until the entire face or treatment area is covered. The energy is absorbed by the red colour of the more prominent vessels that are causing the redness and this cause them to either close or reduce in size, thus reducing the overall redness of the face.
A photofacial uses no ultraviolet light and does not cause any long term damage to the skin. It is safe enough to use regularly every year after year.
For rosacea or red face treatments, we recommend a package of three treatments, each given 1 month apart. Each treatment will gradually reduce the redness more and more.
Please beware that there is no cure for rosacea. While the photofacial is the best treatment for redness, it does not last forever. As you are exposed to the sun, other triggers, and over time, you will gradually develop redness again. The good news is that photofacials are safe (when done by experienced professionals) and have been proven to improve the quality of your skin (increases collagen formation). Repeated treatments at recommended intervals are safe and effective.
The photofacial (BBL) has other benefits as well. It can often help to reduce unwanted sun damage/pigment, reduce acne flares, and help improve collagen formation, essential to tightening the skin and reducing fine line wrinkles.