What is Rosacea and How is it Treated?
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Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, you may be more likely to develop this skin condition if you are fair skinned or blush easily. It often affects people between the ages of 30 and 50 (both women and men).
Rosacea often has multiple phases – often beginning with flushing of the skin, followed by redness, followed by the development of small blood vessels visible in the skin.
Redness may come and go when you first develop rosacea. You should seek advice from a dermatologist if your skin doesn’t return to its normal color, or if you experience other symptoms (e.g., enlarged blood vessels or pustules).
Tips for Rosacea Sufferers
- Avoid sun exposure, wear hats and use sunscreen daily (use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher; reapply frequently)
- Avoid prolonged physical exertion, particularly in hot weather
- Try to reduce stress and anxiety – deep breathing, yoga or other relaxation techniques may help
- Only use gentle cosmetics and facial products, and avoid those that contain alcohol (including hair sprays) witch hazel, acetone or fragrances
- Keep track of your flushing episodes to see if they may be associated with certain foods, activities or other triggers – which vary from person to person; if you keep a symptoms diary, you should start to see a pattern within several weeks of what makes your rosacea worse
- Avoid certain foods that may trigger rosacea – including spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks such as coffee and tea, citrus fruits and chocolate
Dermatologists often recommend several treatments, depending on the individual patient. Oral and topical antibiotics and retenoids may be prescribed, as well as creams and lotions containing these ingredients. In severe cases, laser treatments or laser surgery may help reduce the redness by shrinking blood vessels or closing off diluted blood vessels.
There are, however, some skin care products that can also be useful in treating the symptoms of rosacea. Some of these products include ingredients to soothe irritated skin as well as strengthen the dermis to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and redness.
Rosaliac is a fragrance free product line created by La Roche-Posay for thin and reactive skin. Rosaliac products contain ingredients such as xanthine and vitamin CG, along with other antioxidants to calm redness and inflammation.
These products are recommended by dermatologist and are available at UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care. To learn more about these products, please schedule a free consultation with one of our medical aestheticians by calling (608) 836-9990.