Manage Rosacea with Intense Pulsed Light

If you’re one of the 16 million Americans struggling with rosacea, you know the hot Texas sun can make managing your flareup even more challenging. You may be surprised to learn, then, that certain types of light can actually make managing your rosacea easier! 

Anwar Gerges, MD, and the care team at KeyLife Med Spa in San Antonio, Texas, understand the embarrassment and frustration the flareups and breakouts of rosacea can bring. To help minimize the symptoms of rosacea, we’re pleased to offer intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

What is IPL therapy?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment option that uses targeted wavelengths of light energy to trigger your body’s natural healing processes and restore your skin. 

Using a handheld wand, your provider directs light energy below the surface of the skin. This causes your collagen and elastin production to increase, healing your skin from the inside out.

At KeyLife Med Spa, your IPL treatments are customized to meet your exact needs, so duration and number of treatments vary from patient to patient. Generally, however, most patients have good results with 3-6 monthly sessions each lasting less than 30 minutes. 

If you choose to use IPL therapy, know that it’s important to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible, as it increases your risk of sunburn. Be diligent and apply sunscreen regularly and cover up as much as possible for 1-2 weeks after your treatment. 

How does IPL help rosacea?

One of the symptoms of rosacea is uncontrollable redness. When the capillaries in your skin dilate during a rosacea flareup, your skin becomes red and flushed. 

Since IPL uses light wavelengths that specifically target redness and brown hyperpigmentation, it offers a way to combat rosacea flare-ups. Using the handheld wand, your provider directs the pulses of light into your skin where it causes the red blood vessels to constrict. The result? A less red, more even complexion!  

IPL therapy does more than reduce redness. It also helps minimize the bumps and lesions associated with rosacea as well as provide other benefits, such as:

Sometimes rosacea flareups can occur on other parts of the body, such as the neckline, back, or chest. Your treatment specialist may recommend using IPL to help treat these flareups or other skin imperfections as well, so be sure to discuss them before treatment. 

How can I learn more about IPL for rosacea?

The best way to learn more about IPL therapy for rosacea is by scheduling a consultation with the expert team at KeyLife Med Spa. We take the time to learn about your personal struggle with rosacea, including known triggers and family history. 

After a review of your medical and personal history, we conduct a comprehensive skin exam to devise a customized treatment plan specifically for you. We may recommend additional treatments to help you achieve your skin goals. 

If you want to learn more about how to manage rosacea with IPL therapy, contact KeyLife Med Spa in San Antonio or request an appointment online now! 

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