Rosacea is a common skin disorder that causes facial redness and bumpy inflammation that often has the appearance of acne. The redness and bumps often manifest themselves on the cheeks, nose and forehead, and it can also be accompanied by watery or irritated eyes. Although suffered by over 16 million in the United States alone, the condition is often misunderstood, with many suffers having never heard of the term “rosacea” or mistaking it for serious acne. The condition can become increasingly worse over time if not treated, and people who suffer from the condition report negative affects on their self esteem, so seeking therapy for the disorder is highly recommended.
Traditional Rosacea Treatment
The general consensus in the medical community is that rosacea cannot be entirely cured, but it can be effectively treated. The first step in any treatment program is avoiding items that might cause a flare up. Various triggers can worsen rosacea, such as temperature extremes, heavy exercise, sunlight, sunburn, wind, and stress. Alcohol and caffeine can also aggravate it, as can various medications and topical irritants.
Aside from avoiding triggers, traditional medicine has often turned to antibiotics and topical agents, such a mild alpha-hydroxy acid peels. Products with azaelic acid, whether over the counter or by prescription, have also helped some people. More recently, however, light therapy has become a treatment of choice for rosacea, and it offers promising results.
The LightStim Rosacea Light
LightStim is a company that manufactures various LED lights for skin treatments. Among their lineup is the LightStim Rosacea Light ($329), a handheld device with a combination of red, infrared, and blue LED lights, developed specifically to reduce the appearance of rosacea. LED light works to treat skin conditions by producing energy that is effective at reducing inflammation and targeting bacteria. For example, both red and infrared light lessens inflammation and redness, while blue light helps kill acne causing bacteria. Because light can penetrate the skin better than many topical agents and can have an effect on bacteria and inflammation deeper in the skin without irritation, light therapy is an increasingly recommend product, not just rosacea, but for acne and anti-aging as well.
The specific LightStim Rosacea model is new, and consumer reviews of the product outside of testimonials from the LightStim website are not yet available. However, consumer reviews of other LightStim products have been very favorable. For example, numerous users report success with the acne light, including favorable mentions on private blogs and on skin care and beauty forums. Given that rosacea and acne involve common problems and symptoms, and that the acne light also targets inflammation and bacteria, there is every reason to believe that the rosacea light will be just as effective at targeting the same underlying problems as the acne light. With the addition of infrared to target redness, the product does indeed seem very promising and worth a test. The LightStim company offers a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, which should be enough time to gauge whether the light is effective.
Light therapy devices are easy to use and involve no discomfort. Generally the device is used daily for 5-10 minutes until results are seen. At that point, a maintenance schedule of around three times per week is usually effective.
LightStim Lights are on the pricier side, with LightStim’s price at $329 at the time of this writing. The device is also available for less through other sources, but it is less clear that the 90-day guarantee will then apply.