There’s hope for those who are struggling with the redness and irritation caused by rosacea. This skin condition is characterized by small, blister-like red bumps on the face, sometimes leading to complications such as an enlarged nose and eye irritation and redness. Rosacea symptoms tend to flare up and then recede, often worsening over time, and most commonly affect older women with fair skin.
Preventing Rosacea Flares
Environmental triggers often exacerbate rosacea symptoms. A dermatologist can help those with this condition identify their specific triggers so that they can avoid them and prevent flare-ups. Triggering substances most commonly include the following:
– Hot drinks
– Spicy food
– Exposure to sun, wind, cold, or extreme heat
– Alcohol consumption
– Physical activity
– Certain medications
– Certain cosmetic products
People with rosacea should always protect their skin when outdoors with sunscreen of at least SPF 30, a wide-brimmed hat in sunny weather, and a scarf or facial cover on cold or windy days. Use gentle soap and cosmetic products and avoid touching the skin when it is irritated.
Medical Treatment for Rosacea
While there’s no cure for rosacea, medical treatment can help those with this condition experience fewer exacerbations and milder symptoms. Common dermatologic treatments for rosacea include the following:
– Brimonidine, a topical gel that reduces redness in the affected area
– Oral antibiotics, which fight the inflammation that causes rosacea symptoms
– Topical creams, such as ivermectin, metronidazole, and azelaic acid
– Isotretinoin, an oral acne drug that also has clinically proven benefits for severe rosacea
– Laser therapy to reduce redness and eliminate visibly enlarged blood vessels
Those experiencing rosacea symptoms can schedule an appointment with The Dermatology Clinic for diagnosis and treatment from our expert team. We help each client create a specialized skincare routine designed to alleviate symptoms, prevent flares, and reduce the redness and irritation caused by this condition. Visit one of our three convenient locations in the Baton Rouge area.