Developing a Regimen for Rosacea
What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea may sound a little intimidating; however, it is one of the more common and harmless skin conditions you could develop. There are about 3 million new cases of rosacea each year in the United States. However, rosacea is unfortunately a chronic skin condition that can last years, or even a lifetime. There are treatments to combat it, but it is ultimately incurable.
The main symptoms are redness, blushing, or flushing around the nose area in the form of more visible blood vessels. Though the nose is the most commonly affected area, it can also spread to the cheeks, chin, or forehead. You may even see small, pus filled blemishes depending on the severity and triggers.
It is quite common to misinterpret signs and symptoms of rosacea with acne or allergic reactions, so make sure you pay close attention to changes in your skin to be able to get started with the appropriate treatments. Though relatively harmless, rosacea typically has a significant impact on one's confidence and morale.
What Triggers Rosacea?
Rosacea can occur in anyone regardless of age, gender, or skin tone, though it is most commonly found in middle-aged women with fair skin. Individuals who suffer from rosacea tend to have extremely sensitive skin. When flushing and redness occur this is referred to as a flare up. Flare ups are caused by a handful of actions that irritate your skin called triggers. There are many ways in which you can trigger a flare up, so understanding your own personal triggers can increase the effectiveness of your treatments.
It may be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of your flare up at times, but having a general idea of the common triggers can be a good starting place. One of the most common triggers is prolonged exposure to sunlight. Too much sun causes inflammation and burning of the skin, which produces redness and swelling in and of itself. Factoring in a condition like rosacea is practically asking for a flare. If you find yourself needing to be in the sun for long periods of time make sure you are properly protected and stay hydrated. Other common triggers include, but are not limited to: foods you eat, certain alcohols, stress, exercise, and skincare products.
Now that you have familiarized yourself with some common triggers, start to take notice when your flare ups occur. It may be a good idea to jot down foods you have eaten prior to when flare ups happen, or what skin products you used, makeup you had on, or if you found yourself in a hectic, stressful situation. Finding what triggers your flare ups is the best step in mitigating rosacea.
How to Combat Rosacea with the Right Regimen
Step 1: Know your triggers.
Keep in mind the information given in this article to help identify what causes your flare ups. After your personal triggers have been defined, make a list of what they are and try to avoid them as much as possible. It will not be possible to prevent rosacea, but it is possible to limit the number of flare ups that you develop by avoiding your trigger factors on a consistent basis.
Step 2: Find a treatment that works for your skin and schedule.
Treatments for rosacea vary from person to person and largely depend on the severity of your condition. There is the obvious route of prescriptions from your doctor to manage the redness and bumps from a flare up, but you can also opt for a more DIY routine at home. Topical creams containing ingredients such as azelaic acid, brimonidine, isotretinoin (do not use if you are pregnant), and other prescriptions may be common with a doctor's recommendation. Depending on the severity, they may even suggest procedures such as laser treatment, dermabrasion, or electrocautery. At home routines are also very achievable. Start by always putting an SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen on when you know you will be venturing outside. Adding a stylish wide-brimmed hat can also help protect your face against the harmful UV rays. Take extra caution in choosing your skin products. You certainly do not want to miss out on a nightly routine of cleansing and washing your skin after a long day, so opt for products that moisturize and are gentle on skin. Avoid products that contain irritants such as alcohol and fragrances.