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Would a chemical peel help my rosacea? i am fair-skinned and i have severe rosacea. i am very unhappy with the way my face looks, especially the redness and the pimples. can a chemical peel be used to achieve a better facial skin look for people with rosa

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Dr. James Seward
Dermatology 23 years experience
I : I agree and typically find chemical peels too harsh for rosacea patients. Avoiding triggers, preventive treatment with medications, and consideration of a v-beam laser treatment are often beneficial.
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Dr. Stephen Christensen
Family Medicine 36 years experience
The : The international rosacea foundation (and most other experts) strongly recommend against chemical peels in rosacea patients. The reasoning for this recommendation is that chemical peels tend to increase inflammation and modify the superficial vessels in your skin (both of which are already problematic in rosacea). While you may notice temporary improvement from such treatments, your rosacea will rebound, and in all likelihood it will be worse than before the peel. I've attached a link to a mayo clinic discussion about rosacea. I hope it helps! http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/rosacea/ds00308.
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Dr. James Seward
Dermatology 23 years experience
Typically : Typically we don't use chemical peels for rosacea. I often do perform pulsed dye laser treatment to reduce the redness and help get rid of the broken blood vessels on the surface. Combined with good medications and avoidance of triggers, laser treatment can be very effective. See a before and after picture below.
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Rosacea redness: Try using honey as a wash and virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer. Use this regime for 4-5weeksand the redness should improvr.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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