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Cutis. 2005 Mar;75(3 Suppl):22-6; discussion 33-6.

Lasers and light sources for rosacea.

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Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA.


Pharmacologic agents remain the mainstay for initial and maintenance treatment of rosacea. However, monochromatic (i.e., laser) and polychromatic light-based therapies are increasingly being used for the treatment of certain signs of rosacea. Despite the increased use of lasers and other light-based therapies, few well-controlled studies have been conducted on their use for the treatment of rosacea. The studies that do exist suggest that these modalities have value in treating erythematotelangiectatic rosacea, including persistent erythema and phymatous rosacea. Light-based therapies should be strongly considered in cases of serious erythema, flushing, and telangiectasia because these signs are not optimally addressed by pharmacologic interventions.

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