How to Survive- Rosacea

posted on: February 6, 2014

How to Survive Rosacea

Rosacea is an inflammatory condition of the skin that causes flushing and redness in the face. Some people may experience small pimple-like bumps on their face as well. Rosacea is a chronic condition (aka no cure), so it’s important to find a regiment and products that either help your rosacea or at least do not aggravate it. If over-the counter products are not helping consider being evaluated by a professional to see if you need any prescription medications.

1. Sun Protection: This includes a broad-spectrum sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat and really just trying to avoid the direct sun as much as possible.

2. Moisturizers with a green tint. Green tinted products will offset the redness of rosacea, neutralizing the color. I love La Roche Posay Rosailac UV moisturizer. This products goes on nicely and has good sun protection.

3. Stress Less– obviously this is easier said than done. Try to find a hobby that you enjoy that temporally takes your mind off the daily stress of work and family. I find that when I simply light my favorite candle it takes my stress level down a notch.

4. Less booze– Did a glass of wine come to mind when you were reading #3? Sorry. Any alcohol can cause flushing of the face, flaring your rosacea.

5. Turn the heat down, on everything- Anything heat related can aggravate your rosacea. This includes hot showers, heaters in your house, spicy foods, hot weather, hot coffee and the sun. Choose a warm shower opposed to a hot one. Pick an iced coffee over hot.

6. Laser Treatments– Has rosacea left your face stained with little blood vessels? There are great lasers that can easily remove these. In my office we have the Cutera V-Beam Laser that works wonders on those stubborn blood vessels.

Many things can trigger rosacea. While you cannot cut EVERYTHING out of your life you can try to limit as many things as possible to keep your rosacea under control.