Do you suffer from frequent and easy flushing? Have you noticed persistent redness of the skin (erythema), broken blood vessels (telangiectasia), or acne-like bumps on your face? You might be suffering from Acne Rosacea.
Patients with rosacea often complain of coarse, scaly dry skin patches, and in severe cases, thickening of the skin and changes in texture, particularly on the nose (rhinophyma) can be observed. Some patients may get red eyes related to rosacea and some can get sties on the eyelids (ocular rosacea).
Sun exposure and sun damage is a major factor that affects rosacea. A number of triggers, as well as certain medications can also cause rosacea to flare. Protecting yourself with hats and daily sunscreen, and staying away from foods that make you flush such as red wine, hot drinks (e.g. coffee, tea), spicy foods and caffeine is the first step in managing rosacea. Some triggers like changes in temperatures or embarrassing situations are more difficult to avoid.
Patients with rosacea often say that their skin is extremely sensitive. It is important to speak to your dermatologist about the right skin care regimen for you and avoid strong astringents, toners, and cosmetics requiring solvents to be removed. Products with strong perfume scents might also cause your skin to flare.
Green-tinted sunscreens and make-up is a safe and easy way to camouflage your skin’s redness. Cortisone creams can also decrease redness, but are detrimental in the long run and should be avoided.
A number of prescription preparations are also available for treating your rosacea. The active ingredients might include azelaic acid, sodium sulfacetamide, or an antibiotic called metronidazole. Oral antibiotics, birth control pills, isotretinoin, or medicines to help reduce flushing can also be used. A number of laser and light therapies are also available to treat the redness and broken blood vessels of rosacea.
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