Facial Redness and Rosacea

New sub-millisecond pulsed light technology that can be achieved using the Candela Nordlys laser is proving to be a major advance in the treatment of facial redness and flushing.

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Facial Capillaries and redness

Excellent results can be achieved using the Nordlys laser for this challenging to treat condition. This new technology is also proving to be better tolerated when compared to other laser technology such as the pulsed dye laser. Between 2-3 treatments are required for most individuals wanting optimal results.


Rosacea is a common skin problem estimated to affect more than 500,000 Australians. This can begin with an exaggerated facial flushing tendency particularly affecting the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead area.

Progression is associated with a more persistent facial erythema (redness), along with telangiectasia (broken capillaries). Acne like spots and sensitive skin are features of rosacea. Rosacea can also involve the eyes often resulting in irritation or a ‘gritty’ feeling. In severe cases and where not well controlled it can be associated with tissue swelling and enlargement of the nose (known as rhinophyma).

Laser and light treatments can be very useful for controlling Rosacea. Our leading Scandinavian Ellipse Nordly’s laser system can be particularly useful for treating rosacea. This has several very effective laser options for treating the different skin changes seen in rosacea. This includes leading targeted sub-millisecond pulse IPL technology (Intense Pulsed Light) along with the powerful long pulse Nd:Yag Vascular Laser. Photodynamic therapy enhanced laser is another useful therapeutic option.

To manage rosacea, skincare products designed for sensitive skin should be used (fragrance and soap-free). Fragrance, alcohol, witch hazel and menthol in skincare products commonly flare rosacea and should be avoided. Skin should be cleansed using lukewarm water and abrasive face washes avoided. Medicated topical creams containing azelaic acid, ivermectin, metronidazole and brimonidine can help control many of the early features of rosacea. Mandelic Acid peels and oral antibiotics can also be beneficial, as well as anti-inflammatory cosmeceuticals such as those containing nicotinamide. A good broad-spectrum sun protection product is also important.

At Kingsway Dermatology & Aesthetics we utilise premium Scandinavian Medical Ellipse Multiflex Plus and Nordlys light and laser platforms. These provide great treatment versatility to help us target and treat these conditions safely and effectively.

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