Treat Dermatitis first, then V beam reduces rosacea flares
- Eric K
- updated 1 year ago
Rosacea is only apparent on my left cheek and a...
- 25 Jan 2011
- Day of treatment
Rosacea is only apparent on my left cheek and a tiny bit on my nose. Both appear to be caused by sun damage because I've had bad sunburns in those locations because I didn't reapply sunscreen enough.
I also slept on my left side for 7 years. Once the rosacea started flaring up in 2010 due to stress, hot coffee and red wine, sleeping on that side made it worse. So I now sleep on the other side and only drink iced coffee.
I've tried taking doxycycline (20mg twice a daily) and Metrogel and Finacea, and it controlled the acne portion of rosacea but the redness was always there and flares still happened too easily. I'm hoping that V Beam will reduce the redness and the flares.
The treatment itself was a lot like lower power version of hair removal. (Dr. R used 7.5 joules versus the 25+ joules for past Laser Hair Removal sessions.) It's less painful than hair removal, and the strangest part is seeing green flashes with my eyes closed and the metal goggles on.
A few hours after treatment, I look like I got in a fist fight. I'll post an updated photo with the same camera as the before in a few days.
My whole cheek was swollen and bruised for 5 days....
- 2 Feb 2011
- 8 days post
My whole cheek was swollen and bruised for 5 days. After 1 week, the bruising is completely gone and my cheek no longer seems to flare. I feel normal again for the first time in a year. I still plan on going in for another treatment in a month to treat the remaining redness.
If you have persistent dandruff, one factor in...
- 22 Feb 2012
- 1 year post
If you have persistent dandruff, one factor in your rosacea is probably Seborrheic Dermatitis. After the redness got worse after a rainy 4 day hike in Hawaii (perfect conditions for a fungus), I was researching dandruff treatments and learned people with Rosacea often also have Seborrheic Dermatitis, which is caused my a fungus. I bought some Nizoral shampoo and some Lotramin Ultra cream, and those two have cleared up the persistent redness that remained even after 5 V Beam treatments. So please, make certain you have your Dermatologist check for any signs of Seborrheic Dermatitis before you start V Beam. V beam did fix the rosacea flare ups but not the persistent redness, since that was a rash. I probably could have only had 3 V beam treatments if I had been treating the Seborrheic Dermatitis from the beginning.
Products I recommend for Seborrheic Dermatitis:
Nizoral 1% Ketoconazole shampoo (use daily for 2 weeks, then once per week)
Neutrogenia T/Sal - 3% Salicylic acid shampoo (alternate with Nizoral)
Lotramin Ultra - use on worst areas of redness
Dr. R is an expert Dermatologist with just the right amount of humor to make having your face lasered a less stressful experience.