Red Skin services offered in Bellevue, WA

Red skin isn’t always painful, but if it’s persistent, you still might be interested in getting rid of the redness for cosmetic reasons. At Serenity Rejuvenation Center in Bellevue, Washington, Dr. Stephen O’Connell, and his team treat red skin from rosacea with brief intense pulsed light (IPL) procedures. To schedule a treatment consultation, call Serenity Rejuvenation Center or book an appointment online today.

Red Skin Q & A

What is red skin?

Red skin is a symptom that comes with many different conditions. If your skin is red persistently, you should visit Serenity Rejuvenation Center for an evaluation and treatment consultation. The team examines your skin and can recommend treatments and practices to reduce the redness and any inflammation. 

What causes red skin?

Rosacea is a common cause of persistent, long-term red skin. In addition to the redness, rosacea often causes tiny pus-filled bumps to appear on your skin and can lead to visible veins, eye problems, and nose enlargement. It sometimes causes burning too. 

While experts don’t know the cause of rosacea, they find that most people with it have specific triggers that increase the redness, inflammation, and burning. Common rosacea triggers include:

  • Exercise
  • Spicy foods
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Certain chemicals
  • Sunlight
  • Wind
  • Emotions
  • Certain medications

Rosacea can affect anyone but appears to be most common among people who smoke, are over age 30, and have family members with rosacea. 

How is red skin treated?

Serenity Rejuvenation Center treats red skin with a procedure called an intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial. IPL is a type of light that many mistake for a laser, but they’re not quite the same. Instead of a focused beam, an IPL machine produces scattered flashes of light that are bright white and similar to a camera flash. 

The light from IPL has many wavelengths instead of a single wavelength like lasers. One of the wavelengths targets redness and breaks down pigments in your skin. IPL also closes any broken blood vessels that appear on the surface of your skin with rosacea. 

After applying a small amount of lotion to your skin, the team at Serenity Rejuvenation Center glides the IPL handpiece across your skin. You must wear protective goggles throughout the treatment to shield your eyes from the bright and potentially damaging light. While IPL can damage unprotected eyes, it won’t damage your skin. 

Treatments with IPL for skin redness take just minutes. Afterward, and to prevent increasing skin redness, you should apply a generous layer of sunscreen and temporarily avoid any activities that raise your body temperature, including exercise.

If you have red skin and are interested in treatment, call Serenity Rejuvenation Center or book an appointment online today. 

Dr. O Connell treats patients for laser hair removal, tattoo removal, dark spots, acne, muscle Emsculpt, and more. Call us to book your appointment today.

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