Rosacea Treatment

Written by Serena Berger
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Rosacea is a neurovascular condition which is often progressive and highly traumatizing for the sufferer. The causes of rosacea are unknown, and there is no cure--so treatment to minimize the outward symptoms is the one way to combat the negative effects of this condition. Treatment can help you regain a sense of control over your life, as your personal and professional life may be suffering (along with your self esteem) if you have progressive rosacea.

When you first develop rosacea, it may be mild. What you experience will be similar to flushing or blushing, and it may occur anywhere or everywhere on your face. If you have serious progressive rosacea, eventually your face will be red all of the time, and may become brighter red over time. It is also common to experience inflammation across the cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. Sometimes rosacea results in inflamed papules and pustules which look a lot like acne. Ocular rosacea is a specific condition which affects the eye surface and eyelid. In addition to serious pain, you may end up with dry and bloody skin and possibly lose your eyelashes.

Medical and Cosmetic Rosacea Treatments

You need a doctor's help to treat rosacea. Sadly, antibiotics cannot cure rosacea, but there is a chance that you will have a secondary infection which can be treated by an antibiotic. Because rosacea often causes dryness, broken skin, and blemishes, there are many opportunities to break the skin and end up with an infection. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon can also use lasers to remove visible blood vessels and reduce redness. If you hate the way your nose is disfigured by rosacea, this is also an area in which a doctor can be extremely helpful.

Beyond what a doctor can do for you, there are some ways to treat rosacea yourself. Often what is most important is not using any number of common products which make rosacea outbreaks worse--including many which you might be tempted to use because they are generally good for acne, blemishes, or discoloration. For example, alpha hydroxyl acids, exfoliants, retinoids, toners, and astringents are all anathema for rosacea sufferers. Gentle cleansers and strong physical sunscreens are products you should look for, as the sun is one of the biggest causes of a flare-up. You should also check with a doctor to make sure the any foundation or powder that you want to use to even out your skin tone will actually be more helpful than harmful.

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