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Dealing With Rosacea

Yoshiko Roth HildalgoYou may notice one day that your post-exercise flush on the cheeks won’t go away. Or perhaps you notice little red bumps that look like acne pimples. If you are in your 30s or older and have fair skin, you may have rosacea.

Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that affects approximately 1out of 20 Americans, usually between the ages of 30 and 60. It mostly affects the face or eyes, with symptoms including persistent flushing, visible blood vessels, ruddiness, pimples and irritated eyes that, if untreated, become worse over time.

The disease is most common in women and people with fair skin. While all skin types can be affected, it has been estimated that half of all rosacea sufferers have dry skin. Currently, there is no cure for rosacea, but with proper treatment and awareness of triggers, symptoms can be controlled and the disease kept in check.

First of all, a physician has to determine whether you have rosacea. Rosacea is often mistaken for common acne. While rosacea and acne share common symptoms like pimples and redness, they are different skin conditions. In rosacea, there are no whiteheads or blackheads involved. So before turning to over-the-counter acne medication, it is important to consult a physician, because many anti-acne products can actually irritate skin and therefore exacerbate rosacea.

Once you are properly diagnosed, your physician may prescribe a topical or oral treatment to address the redness, bumps and skin inflammation associated with rosacea. Many dermatologists also recommend laser and intense pulse light treatments to reduce redness and broken blood vessels. These new therapy options are considered safe and can visibly improve skin tone and texture.

Choose gentle skincare products that do not contain alcohol, harsh detergents or abrasive ingredients.

There are also several things you can do on a daily basis to help control the symptoms of rosacea.

Be aware of factors that trigger your flare-ups. Flare-ups often begin when certain triggers prompt the blood vessels in the face to dilate, which causes redness. Common triggers include sudden temperature changes, hot baths, exercise, alcohol consumption, spicy food, sun exposure, stress and harsh cosmetics.

Choose gentle skincare products that do not contain alcohol, harsh detergents or abrasive ingredients. Gentle cleansers like ATOPALM Facial Foam Wash remove dirt and makeup without irritation. Products with calming ingredients such as JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner and B.Kamins Booster Blue Rosacea Treatment help soothe skin and keep it hydrated. Concealers with a green tint, such as Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Redness Concealer neutralize redness in the skin and can be worn underneath regular foundation. Since sun exposure is considered a trigger factor, daily sun protection is key. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, such as NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, and wear a hat and protective clothing outdoors.

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