Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory eruption of the face that may significantly impair patients’ lives, leading to considerable emotional distress and behavioral withdrawal from normal social interactions. One of the most famous rosacea patients (and exceptionally well involved in the society) is President Bill Clinton, who has mild erythematotelangiectatic rosacea and all means and tools to control it.

Mild cases of rosacea are very common in people of all ages – see pictures.

It’s easy to see why rosacea and the facial erythema could have a tremendous impact on the quality of life. There is a growing body of research and conteolled studies, Nuno Menezes MD et al of the Servio de Dermatologia do Centro Hospitalar de VN de Gaia/Espinho in Portugal is one of the recent and better ones on the pulsed dye laser, which reinforces the idea that aesthetic laser usage for the treatment of erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is very efficient.

Laser treatments administered by dermatologists and aesthetic physicians selectively target hemoglobin, the predominant protein in red blood cells: oxyhemoglobin (the oxygen-loaded bright red form of hemoglobin) and deoxyhemoglobin (the oxygen-unloaded purple-blue form). Several laser wavelengths are proved to be very efficacious in the treatment of vascular lesions – because of the high level of absorption by hemoglobin.