Do you suffer from Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin problem. Most people know it as redness that begins on the neck and cheeks and then tends to spread to the forehead and chin. Some people even get rosacea on their ears, eyes, chest, and back. If left untreated, the redness can lead to visible and irritated blood vessels, acne like breakouts, and a thickening of the nose, cheeks, and/or eyes.
People with rosacea have very sensitive skin. Therefore, at times their skin may sting and burn without cause. The skin may look bumpy with enlarged pores and feel very oily. Ocular rosacea can cause the eyes to become watery, bloodshot, sensitive to sunlight, and dry. It can also affect vision. For ocular rosacea, an ophthalmologist should be seen.
Rosacea can affect your quality of life. If left untreated, many rosacea patients feel that they cannot be social due to their insecurity and lack of confidence in their appearance. Many patients will even miss work, school, or other activities during a flare-up.
Who gets rosacea?
Many times rosacea can run in families and appear as we get older. The first onset will usually be between 30 and 50 years of age. It is most common for patients that have fair-skin with blonde hair and blue eyes. Many are Celtic with Scandinavian ancestry. In addition, studies suggest that a common G.I. bug, H. Pylori and a skin mite, demodex may play a role.
How do you treat rosacea?
Avoidance of triggers. Many people have said certain foods like spicy Mexican, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits, vitamin B3 Niacin, and certain detergents, as well as our favorite furry pets, may trigger a flare.
There are numerous topicals like Finacea and Azelex (azelaic acid RX) that control inflammation. Others like Metrogel and Noritate (Metronidazole RX), Plexion (sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur RX), benzoyl peroxide, and retinol and tretinoin RX may help as topical antibiotics. Sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide can help reduce flares. Being careful to avoid any sunscreens that are more chemical in nature as well as having PABA.
You want to look for keywords that say fragrance free, alcohol free, and hypoallergenic. Medical grade tinted sunscreens and makeups are best for rosacea. These products can usually be found at a dermatologist’s office or on Flawless Skin Online. Many patients have stated that licorice extract, coconut oil, jojoba oil, oil of oregano, tea tree oil and vitamin E oil may help. Makeup toners should be witch hazel and not alcohol-based. Other things that may be helpful are cold water rinses, green tea compresses, hydration and oatmeal masks. Of course, if you have ocular rosacea all of these products should be used outside of the orbital rim. The orbital rim is the bone that circles your eyeball.
Oracea, while on the market as an antibiotic, is really an anti-inflammatory that helps to keep rosacea controlled and therefore, can be used long-term. Supplements that patients will take include biotin, folic acid, garlic, lysine, zinc, and vitamins that contain A, B complex, C, D, E, K. It is advised that one is very careful to supplement with the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. These vitamins can be toxic as they are not easily eliminated from the body. Furthermore, talk with your physician before starting any new vitamin regimen. Since H. Pylori can be a trigger, many patients find improvement by starting a probiotic in their diet.
Light-based lasers such as intense pulse light, broadband light, and pulsed dye laser can be used to treat rosacea at your doctor’s office. It usually takes 4 to 6 laser treatments for results.
In addition, Microdermabrasion with a soothing solution would help to improve the texture of the skin. While this won’t help much with redness, it will help the overall look of the skin.
Sadly, as there is no cure for rosacea, the best course of action is to work on treatments. Although realistic expectations may not include flawless skin, early treatment can prevent the condition from getting worse. Furthermore, rosacea is more difficult to treat if it gets worse. Many in office treatments will reduce the signs of redness, bumps and skin texture. Topicals take a more trial and error approach. Treatments that are over-the-counter and without a prescription could make the rosacea worse. This means that you must be patient to find the regiment that works best for your skin.