Rosacea is one of the most common skin conditions in our country today, affecting 16 million people. Yet despite its high occurrence, it remains poorly understood and can be difficult to treat.
Rosacea is characterized by redness of the face, particularly the nose and cheeks. Tiny blood vessels may become more visible and there may be bumps or pimples that resemble acne. It can also cause redness and irritation of the eyes and eyelids and thickening of the skin on the nose. These issues can be difficult to conceal with makeup, and may affect a person’s self-esteem as they try different skin care products without success.
There is no cure for rosacea, and experts are unclear as to what causes rosacea. It is thought that certain hereditary and environmental factors play a role. People with rosacea may find, however, that certain foods, drinks, and activities make their condition worse. These triggers commonly include:
- Hot beverages
- Red wine and/or other alcohol
- Spicy foods
- Vigorous exercise and/or getting too hot
- Sun exposure
Knowing your triggers and avoiding them whenever possible are important parts of managing rosacea. But if avoiding triggers isn’t enough, there are medications and treatments that may minimize its appearance and help restore your skin.
Treatments that can improve rosacea
Skin care experts will recommend a few proactive measures you can take at home to manage your symptoms, including:
- Use gentle skin care products, such as a gentle cleanser and a non-irritating moisturizer. Apply sunscreen for all outdoor activities, and keep your skin care routine simple.
- Avoid fragrances, scrubs, and harsh, irritating products, as these can make rosacea worse.
- Use cool or tepid water for cleansing your face, and refrain from long, hot showers.
- Avoid rubbing your skin, and protect it from extreme heat and cold.
- Before, during, and after a workout, dab your skin with a cool washcloth and drink plenty of water.
If your symptoms are still bothersome after these steps, speak with your physician about prescription treatments that can help. Some prescription creams can minimize the appearance of the acne-like bumps and reduce redness. Antibiotics can also be used in some cases. These medications must be prescribed by a physician, and you’ll need to work together to find out which treatments will work best for you.
Photorejuvenation with IPL/BBL treatment is an effective way to help reduce the appearance of blood vessels and redness associated with rosacea. It uses special light therapy to directly target the problem areas and involves zero downtime. It gives the skin a clearer, younger appearance with results that typically last for years. This is an innovative, exciting option for people who have suffered with rosacea without relief. You can find out more about this treatment and whether it’s right for you by speaking with a qualified skin care professional who specializes in photorejuvenation.
For more information about photorejuvenation and how to make your skin look its best, contact Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center or call us today at (913) 317-9386 for our Leawood office or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location.