Sometimes, despite the best efforts—taking medication, avoiding food triggers, and staying out of the sun, for example—rosacea flare-ups still occur. It can be frustrating to feel like your treatment plan isn’t working, or at least not working as quickly as you’d like it to. Persistent flare-ups may mean you and your dermatologist need to revisit your plan of attack. The good news is, the multitude of rosacea treatment options means you’ll be able to work with your doctor to find the one that fits your lifestyle best.
Your rosacea care line-up may include topical creams, over-the-counter skin-care products, oral medications, or even in-office treatments. To help you have the most productive, honest conversation about rosacea treatment with your dermatologist, the American Acne and Rosacea Society shared a few questions to think about when heading into your next appointment.
Assess Your Treatment
Start with an honest evaluation of the state of your rosacea. Is it mild (some redness and small pimples), moderate (a fair amount of redness and breakouts) or severe (persistent redness that does not go away)?
Once you decide on the current state of your rosacea, you can help discern whether you’re happy with your rosacea treatment. Ask yourself if you feel as though you’re under control of your rosacea, and if not, how motivated you are to see improvement. Are you willing to undergo in-office treatments? Do you prefer to use an oral or topical medication?
Next—and be honest here—evaluate how strictly you’ve been following your existing treatment plan. If you forget a pill or forego sunscreen here or there, it may affect how well the treatment is working. Let your dermatologist know so that you can find a solution that works.
Look at Your Lifestyle
Medication may be part of the solution, but even minor lifestyle changes can also have powerful and positive results. Think back on your time in the sun, at the gym, or in the shower. Do you tend to flare up surrounding outdoor activities? Do you notice rosacea more during stressful times in your life? How about after eating spicy foods?
Ask your doctor if they recommend altering your diet, skin-care regimen, or aspects of your lifestyle, and what results these changes could have on your rosacea. With a combination of medical adjustments and lifestyle factors—and a board-certified dermatologist—you’ll feel more in control of your rosacea.
To make sure we all have access to rosacea treatment, the American Acne and Rosacea Society is working to persuade insurers and health care professionals to increase prescription coverage for acne and rosacea patients. Learn more about the fight to treat acne and rosacea and sign your name to support the Declaration to Save Acne here.
The American Acne and Rosacea Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation devoted to changing the misunderstanding that acne and rosacea are little more than cosmetic disorders. We strive to provide information about acne and rosacea, promote clinical research, and improve patient care. Learn more at acneandrosacea.org
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