Is Your Skin's Red Roughness Rosacea?

If you experience persistent red blotchiness, dryness or bumpy, rough skin-more than just the occasional dry patch or inflammation-rosacea may be the cause.

A chronic inflammatory condition that can develop at any age, rosacea is often triggered by alcohol, heat, stress or spicy food. Irritation, swelling, dryness and inflammation may be signs of a flare-up, and in severe cases, thickening of the skin and red, raised patches, known as plaques, may occur.

Rosacea is often rated by grades one to four to indicate its severity, four being the worst. Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon may suggest a series of five or more painless IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, which use broad-spectrum light to replair the deeper layers of skin and reduce redness.

Another option is a topic system like the Obagi Rosaclear System. Available from your doctor, the three-step kit includes a gentle cleanser, calming moisturizer, and prescription gel containing metronidazole, which has shown at least a one-grade reduction in rosacea after two weeks.

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