Rosacea is a common skin condition that is incurable, which means that dermatologists do their best to control the issue by looking at the signs and symptoms of each individual patient. Rosacea is comparable to an adult acne, as it is typically found in the nose and cheek areas of the face. This skin condition typically manifests itself in red skin, flush skin, an enlarged and red nose, conjunctivitis, red and swollen eyelids and tiny red pimples. Here’s a brief overview of how rosacea is treated.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
A leading cause of rosacea flare ups is exposure to the sun. One way to treat this skin condition is to protect yourself from the sun throughout the year, not just during the spring and summer months. This doesn’t mean that you cannot be outdoors, but that you must be mindful of your condition if you know you will be outside for an extended period. Apply sunscreen daily that is at least SPF 30. Wear a hat with a wide brim so it shades your face, sit in the shade as much as possible, and avoid going outside during the midday sun.
A popular treatment method for patients with rosacea is the use of hydrochloride cream. This cream can be applied to the skin daily and typically prevents redness from appearing for up to 12 hours. Make this your daily routine to avoid major flare ups during the day.
Laser treatments, which are paid for out-of-pocket by patients, are another option for dealing with rosacea. It might take a patient multiple treatments with the laser in order to see improvement, but in some cases the patient will see complete clearing of the redness that lasts for years.
For those dealing with mild rosacea, oral medications are a popular treatment method used by dermatologists. These medications are typically taken daily and begin with a high rate of medication only to be tapered off as the medicine winds down. Common oral medications include doxycycline, minocycline, and tetracycline.
Since rosacea is a skin condition that causes inflammation in most patients, it’s only appropriate to attempt to treat flare ups with topical anti-inflammatories. A topical anti-inflammatory can be rubbed right onto the affected area, putting the medicine directly onto the problem. These topical creams can be applied up to two times per day, so consider applying when you wake in the morning and when you go to bed at night.
Many patients choose to use chemical peels in their treatment efforts for rosacea. Chemical peels are only applied to the skin every two to four weeks. To learn more about if a chemical peel is right for your skin type, contact our office.
Avoid Spicy Foods
One last treatment method is to avoid spicy foods and foods that are hot in temperature. Since spicy and hot foods typically make a person’s face turn red if bothersome, they can cause a severe flare up of those who have rosacea.
Contact the experienced staff at Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, New Jersey today to discuss your rosacea and the treatment methods available for your skin condition.