Rosacea usually appears in the form of small, visible blood vessels on the face. In some, cases it may appear to be just a few bumps that look like pimples; in others, the entire face can take on a ruddy appearance. Although there is no known cause of rosacea, it can be treated. There is no permanent cure currently available but there are treatments available through your dermatologist.
Usually, an oral antibiotic is used in conjunction with a topical treatment, such as an antibacterial or azelaic acid gel, to get rosacea under control. For severe flushing, cardiovascular medication is sometimes prescribed. To treat broken blood vessels, your doctor may suggest a series of laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, which usually consist of about five sessions with maintenance treatments every six months.
In addition to avoiding triggers like the sun, stress, alcohol and spice foods, which can all aggravate the condition, if you suffer from rosacea, you should avoid harsh cleansers that may worsen symptoms. Instead, follow these tips, straight from the National Rosacea Society:
- Wash with a gentle cleanser that’s made for your type of skin.
- Gently use your fingertips, never a sponge or washcloth.
- Use lukewarm water to rinse your face.
- With a thick, cotton towel, gently blot your face dry. Don’t rub.
- Apply medication to your skin only when completely dry, usually about 30 minutes after washing.
- Wait another five to 10 minutes after applying medication to apply moisturizer, makeup or sunscreen.
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