5 Simple Things You Can Do to Mimimize Rosacea
No one is able to maintain much confidence their skin looks blotchy, so those who deal with rosacea often feel self-consciousness and embarrassed. A condition that affects physical appearance, rosacea is a common skin problem that many people deal with on a daily basis. In fact, the National Rosacea Society estimates 16 million Americans are affected by rosacea. The condition comes with a variety of symptoms, and the severity can range from occasional redness of the face to thick skin with a bumpy texture. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are ways it can be managed. Here are five things you can do to minimize it.
1. Avoid common triggers
Each case is different, so it’s no surprise there are a wide array of factors that may trigger an individual’s flare-up. Environment, genetics, and lifestyle all play a role. Still, the National Rosacea Society says common triggers include alcohol intake, excessively warm environments, and stress or anxiety.
While it may not be possible to completely avoid everything on someone’s list, if you have rosacea and are able to identify your personal triggers, it’s best to avoid them whenever possible. If you know a stressful situation will cause you to break out, do everything possible to manage anxiety leading up to it (if you’re not able to avoid the situation altogether, that is). If you’re prone to redness and skin irritation when you drink, cut back on the booze for a while to see if it makes a difference.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with rosacea, your doctor may prescribe you an antibiotic to help reduce the skin’s irritation and help keep the bacterial component under control. Oral medications, which also seem to have an anti-inflammatory benefit, can be quite effective for keeping redness at bay. Drugs.com says common antibiotics that have been known to help treat rosacea include doxycycline, tetracycline, and minocycline. But keep in mind, it’s important to discuss all potential side effects and known health risks prior to starting any medication. These ones in particular can have adverse, sometimes severe, interactions with other medications you may be taking.
3. Laser procedures
If you’ve really been scarred by rosacea, you may be a good candidate for certain dermatological procedures. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, your dermatologist can remove the thickening skin on your face with lasers, dermabrasion (which removes the skin), or electrocautery (which sends electric current into the skin to treat it).
4. Use products for sensitive skin
You already know the cosmetics industry is full of marketing geniuses. Pulling at the heartstrings of anyone who’s not flawless, the beauty market makes it hard to resist the temptation to try it all. But from the latest in makeup contouring to the most fragrant of perfumes, many of these popular products can also irritate sensitive skin. If you’re prone to flushed complexion, steer clear of products with unnecessary chemicals or additives, and avoid trying to “scrub” the red off your face with harsh exfoliants. Instead, try something that’s geared toward people with your skin type, such as Cetaphil.
5. Wear sunscreen
This should be a given, but it always comes as a shock whenever you see people who still refuse to wear sunscreen. Besides the fact that skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types (according to the American Cancer Society, 3.5 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year), wearing sunscreen on a daily basis can not only help prevent skin cancer, but it can also help in controlling your signs and symptoms of rosacea. Protecting your skin from the elements is important, but just be sure you’re using a product that won’t further irritate your already sensitive skin (see above).