My facial redness doesn't seem to improve with rosacea medications. Is light therapy a better rosacea treatment?
Answer From Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.
Light therapy may be a better choice if you have tiny visible blood vessels (telangiectasia) on your face. Two options are laser therapy and intense pulsed light therapy. Studies show that light therapy may reduce the appearance of facial redness, flushing and telangiectasia.
Light therapy involves repeat treatments to maintain improved skin appearance. Side effects are usually minimal and may include temporary redness, loss of skin color and bruising.
More research is needed to determine how long the light therapy treatments are effective for rosacea and what the long-term risks might be. If you experience persistent rosacea, talk with your doctor to see if light therapy is an option for you.
Nov. 12, 2020
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