While there is currently no cure for Rosacea, it is treatable and the symptoms are manageable. Because the symptoms usually vary from one person to another, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to living with Rosacea. Once the condition is correctly diagnosed, treatment plans should be tailored by a physician for each individual.
Various medications (oral and topical) are used to treat symptoms most often associated with Rosacea. Dermatologists usually prescribe an initial treatment of oral antibiotics and topical therapy to immediately control the condition. This is followed by long-term use of topical therapy to maintain control. The effectiveness of antibiotics in Rosacea is most likely due to their anti-inflammatory properties, rather than for anti-bacterial purposes.
When appropriate, lasers, intense pulsed light sources, and other medical or surgical procedures may be used to remove visible blood vessels, minimize redness or correct disfigurement of the nose – a condition called rhinophyma, causing an abnormal growth of the tissue on the nose. Ocular Rosacea (affecting the eyes) can be treated with oral antibiotics and other therapies, but those are usually administered by an Opthalmologist.
At Home Skin Care
A gentle skin-care routine, similar to the routine used by people with sensitive skin, can also help control Rosacea and calm and soothe the skin. Consider adapting the following approach:
- Cleaning the face with mild and non-abrasive cleansers made for sensitive skin.
- Rinse with lukewarm water and dab the face dry with a thick cotton towel. Never rub the skin or use a rough washcloth.
- Apply non-irritating moisturizer and skin-care products as needed.
- Protect the skin from sun exposure with broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF15 or higher. Look for sunscreens with zinc oxide – other chemical ingredients may sting the delicate skin on the face. Try a mild or pediatric sunscreen for sensitive skin.
- Avoid harsh skincare products containing alcohol – these burn and cause additional redness.
- Cosmetics can be used very effectively to cover the signs of Rosacea. Specialized cosmetics such as those from COVER FX, are designed to cover Rosacea, acne, scars, and many other imperfections. Green makeup or green-tinted foundations are used to counter redness. This can be followed by a skin-tone foundation with natural yellow tones, avoiding those with pink or orange hues.
Other Factors to Consider:
- Identify the triggers that cause flare-ups and avoid them if possible.
- Limit your intake of hot beverages, spicy food and alcohol.
- Stay cool on hot days, or when you exercise.
- Avoid hot baths or showers.
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