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Rosacea explained

Rosacea is a skin condition which affects a range of Australians. It causes red inflammation in the face and can result in broken blood vessels. Sometimes, spots or bumps can occur which look similar in appearance to acne.

Symptoms can come and go, and the severity of the inflammation can change over time. Symptoms can include:

  • Small red spots and bumps
  • Visible small blood vessels
  • Blushing and flushing
  • A stinging or burning feeling on the face
  • Dry, red, itchy or burning eyes
  • Red or swollen nose
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Common causes

Rosacea can occur as a result of a combination of factors. Your genetic history, your environment, even your immune system, skin type, and blood vessels can play a role.

It is more common in people with fair skin, and usually affects people between the age of 30 and 60. Certain foods, and alcohol, can trigger the condition or make the inflammation more pronounced.

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Home vs clinical treatments

There is no known cure for rosacea, but thankfully you can dramatically reduce the symptoms — either at home or at a skin clinic.

The best way to reduce rosacea is to start with laser treatments. At Victorian Dermal Group, we use medical-grade equipment to lessen the symptoms of rosacea, and follow up treatments with dermatologically-approved skin products.

But, before we begin, we'll need to assess your skin. Book your skin consultation with one of our expert clinicians.

How can I treat rosacea at home?

You can reduce presenting symptoms by avoiding certain foods and drinks. Try to reduce your consumption of:

  • Alcohol
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot foods and drinks

Reduce the amount of time you spend in the sun, and avoid overly-hot showers and heated swimming pools if you can.

Use gentle soap-free cleansers and oil-free skincare products and apply SPF sunscreen before leaving home.

How do laser treatments reduce symptoms?

We use one of two lasers. The first, Candela's Vbeam Prima laser, is known as a pulsed-dye laser (PDL). It delivers gentle bursts of light into targeted areas of the skin. Once there, it's absorbed by the blood vessels. Depending on your individual circumstances and medical history, we may utilise Candela's GentleMax Pro dual laser.

Both lasers have been market-leading technology for two decades now. They're relatively pain-free, effective, and have a very low incidence of side effects. But, before we'll book you in for a treatment, we'll assess your skin first to see which laser will work best for you.

How many sessions will I need before I notice a difference?

This depends on the severity of your skin condition, your medical history, and how effectively your skin responds to our lasers. We usually conduct at least 3 treatment sessions, with a gap of 6-12 weeks between sessions.

Will it hurt?

Thanks to the Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD), the laser treatment is virtually pain-free. The DCD delivers short bursts of cryogen between laser pulses, reducing the slight burning sensation you may feel and reducing the possibility of side effects.

We can also apply a topical cream, or an anesthetic, upon request. Most clients say the laser pulse feels like a rubber band being snapped against the skin. Following the treatment, you may feel a slight burning or warm sensation, similar to very mild sunburn.

We can perform the treatment on a small test area first, to assess your pain tolerance.


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Simplifying beautiful skin

Have you ever walked into a skin clinic and felt completely overwhelmed? At Victorian Dermal Group, we'll give you a cup of tea to soothe those nerves and walk you through our consultation process.

It begins with your medical history, and ends with a comprehensive treatment plan tailored for your unique desires and concerns.

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Step 1

Visit our clinic for an assessment

Before conducting any treatments, you'll need to visit our clinic for an initial skin consultation. When you arrive, we'll ask you to fill out a form detailing your medical history and general lifestyle factors. Then, we'll sit down in a consultation room, discuss your unique concerns. We'll take photos of your skin using our Clinical Imaging System.

We'll devise a treatment plan tailored specifically for your skin. If we feel we can't help you, or we're worried about any laser treatments interacting with other medication you may be taking, we'll refer you to one of our partnered dermatology clinics or medical clinics.

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How we'll treat your case of rosacea

We use one of two lasers to treat rosacea — the Vbeam Prima and the GentleMAX Pro. Each laser is highly effective at reducing facial redness and inflammation. Established in 1970, Candela (the maker of these lasers) is a leader in the industry for providing energy-based solutions for medical-aesthetic applications.

Step 3

How to prepare for your treatment

For about one month prior to receiving treatment for your rosacea, you'll need to avoid natural and solarium tanning. You'll also need to avoid taking aspirin (or any other blood thinners) for one week prior to your first session.

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How to care for your skin post-treatment

After you receive any laser treatment, you'll need to avoid going in the sun for about two weeks and be vigilant about applying sunscreen. To reduce potential swelling, you'll need to apply a cool pack or compress to the treated area. Swelling can last from 7-10 days. If you have any concerns after you leave our clinic, you can call us on [phone], and we'll be more than happy to help.


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