Also known as incurable adult acne, rosacea usually appears on the face, around and on the nose. The well-known symptoms are red blemishes and very small red pimples. Among its less common symptoms there is rhinophyma (unusually large red nose) and swollen and red eyelids. Any dermatologist can diagnose rosacea by closely examining your skin and finding out how the problem manifests itself.
It’s essential for the dermatologist to uncover all the patient’s symptoms before prescribing any drug or cream. Since the condition can have various sign and symptoms, each one of these will require a different rosacea treatment.
To stay on top of rosacea you have to understand what causes it and how it evolves on your skin. Here are some of the most common rosacea triggers:
- Soy sauce, cheese, chocolate, spicy dishes, eggplant, sour cream and liver are just some of the foods that can cause flare-ups.
- Saunas and hot environments can make your skin redden up and make you feel flushed.
- Strong winds as well as humidity or cold are damaging enough for our skin, but even more harmful for those who suffer from rosacea.
- Hair sprays, acetone and any other skin care product with fragrances or alcohol can make your rosacea act up.
- Hot drink (including tea) and alcohol (including wine) can make you flush with red spots.
- Emotional and physical triggers. Anxiety, stress, intense cardio or strength work outs will set off your rosacea.
It can be difficult to keep rosacea under control. The best way to track the condition’s development is to write down the triggers and try to look for alternatives. According to your skin type and the severity of the condition, you can decide on a treatment plan with your doctor. You can choose from:
- over the counter products – creams and gels that you have to apply on your face twice every day. Some examples are metronidazole, erythromycin, clindamycin and tretinoin. These, however, don’t come without side effects. They can cause skin irritation and are not recommended for pregnant women.
- antibiotics – for a more stubborn form of rosacea, you can try antibiotic pills like doxycycline or minocycline. Antibiotic treatments are usually long term and can last anywhere from six months to a year. You should carefully consider the side effects before starting the treatment.
- laser treatment – this is the most efficient way to get rid of the unpleasant highly visible blood vessels and severe redness. Patients require several treatment sessions over the course of one or two months.
- natural treatment – most people believe that, as with most conditions, rosacea too is a your body’s way of trying to tell you something, maybe about a balance within it. If you’re looking for natural treatments for rosacea, take a careful look at your diet and make sure you get enough vitamin D, green foods and green tea as well as probiotics. Replace skin products that can contain harsh chemicals with natural products. Coconut oil, tea tree oil, chamomile and licorice are the best allies against rosacea.
When you’re deciding on a rosacea treatment, you should take into consideration various factors and consult with a dermatologist. Don’t neglect any signs or symptoms and remember that you have to treat the condition from within as well as on the surface.
For more information about skin health, check out All You Need to Know about Skin Health.