Topical niacin cream-assisted 595-nm pulsed-dye laser treatment for facial flushing: Retrospective analysis of 25 Korean patients

S. J. Lee, M. R. Roh, S. H. Lee, W. S. Chung, J. E. Lee, S. H. Oh, S. B. Cho

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Abstract

Background Flushing is defined clinically as a transient reddening of the face and other areas. Due to the transient nature of flushing, a patient may not show signs of flushing during laser treatment. Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 595-nm pulsed-dye laser treatment of flushing or erythema after provocation of flushing by topical niacin cream. Methods We retrospectively reviewed a total of 25 Korean patients with facial flushing who were treated with three sessions of 595-nm pulsed-dye laser after the application of topical niacin cream. Results Follow-up results revealed that 12 of the 25 patients demonstrated marked (51-75%) clinical improvement of baseline facial erythema. Eight patients had moderate (26-50%) improvement and three demonstrated near total (≥75%) improvement. Two patients showed minimal to no (0-25%) improvement. We observed that the reactivity to topical niacin cream was markedly reduced in 64% of our patients after 595-nm pulsed-dye laser treatments. Minimal post-therapy facial oedema was noted in most of the patients, which usually resolved spontaneously within 2 days. Pronounced facial swelling was observed in four patients. Conclusion We suggest that 595-nm pulsed-dye laser treatment after provocation of flushing by topical niacin cream may provide a new treatment algorithm for facial flushing in Asians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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