IPL for Rosacea, will it help with nodule like papules? (Photo)
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Rosacea and IPL
I'm sorry you've been struggling with rosacea. In my experience IPL is a wonderful treatment for the redness and papular-pustular lesions of rosacea. The redness associated with rosacea responds particularly well to IPL. For my patients I recommend a multi-pronged approach, with IPL, topical treatments, and in severe cases, oral antibiotics. These treatments are all synergistic with one another. Lastly, lifestyle interventions, such as decreasing triggers like caffeine, sun exposure, spicy foods, and red wine, can also be particularly effective. I have found that I am able to taper oral antibiotics to very low doses in treatment refractory cases to keep the papular-pustular lesions at bay. I hope this advice is helpful.
Could IPL help?
I think it certainly could. It will decrease inflammation in the area, and depending on the wavelength, will decrease bacteria, which might decrease inflammation as well. Spot treating the nodule itself would be the way to go. IPL is still considered the best non-pharmaceutical treatment for rosacea.
IPL for rosacea
IPL usually only works for the redness and telangiectasias (spider veins) that you can get with rosacea, as the light only targets red, brown, or blue pigment. Papules and nodules are usually a deeper issue best treated with topicals or oral medication. You can try either finacea or soolantra as topical treatments, and there are some specialty pharmacies that have them at cheaper cost. Otherwise, for rosacea flares, a couple weeks of oral antibiotics can be very effective in keeping rosacea at bay for months. You may want to speak with a Dermatologist to discuss these options. Best wishes!