Are Chemical Peels Like the Vi Peel Safe for People with Rosacea?

Are Chemical Peels Like the Vi Peel Safe for People with Rosacea?

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Chemical Peels for People With Rosacea

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The symptoms of Rosacea are due to blood vessels in the skin. Triggers in the environment affect predisposed individuals causing their skin to overreact and turn red in response to these triggers.
The results of chemical peels are not very predictable.

If you are looking for a treatment for Rosacea, you should consider a laser treatment (e.g. Vbeam) which will safely seal off problematic blood vessels so that the body can eliminate them.

If you are looking for general skin refinement, a laser treatment like Spectra provides a skin toning rejuvenation and exfoliating effect comparable to a chemical peel. But it is far safer and more predictable.

Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Rosacea and chemical peels

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Generally, chemical peels may irritate rosacea.  There are oral and topical prescription medications that can improve the condition.  If increased blood vessels are present, laser treatments can help. 

Donna Bilu Martin, MD
Aventura Dermatologist

Chemical Peeling and Rosacea

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People with rosacea have very sensitive skin and typically experience worsening of their rosacea symptoms with things like hot foods, spicy foods, caffeine, sun, heat and alcohol.  Rosacea can also be aggravated by chemical peeling and other elective treatments such as micro-dermabrasion.  Therefore, while it is possible to perform chemical peels on rosacea skin safely, I do not typically recommend it.  

Channing R. Barnett, MD
Boca Raton Dermatologist
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