Rosacea is a chronic disorder primarily of the facial skin that is characterized by redness, flushing, acne flare-ups and remissions. Redness may occur on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. In some cases, rosacea may also show up on the neck, chest, scalp or ears. Although rosacea can affect all skin types, individuals with fair skin are more at risk, and it is more common in women. While there is no cure for rosacea and the cause is unknown, Dr. Goldenberg offers many medical treatments and office procedures that can help to control or reverse this condition.
Blue Light (PDT)
Photodynamic blue light therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive method used to treat rosacea and other skin conditions. A special light-sensitive medication called AminoLevulinic Acid (ALA) is applied to the skin affected and allowed to remain there. Then the blue light is directly to the skin and the cells that have absorbed the medication respond. The application of ALA followed by the exposure of specific blue light causes selective destruction of targeted cells. Many patients can achieve excellent results with a course of treatments using ALA and pulsed light.