If you are currently battling with rosacea, it might feel like you are going through this battle all by yourself. However, you are not alone. It is estimated that in the United States alone, more than 16 million people are battling with rosacea right now. These people come from all walks of life, but they are all dealing with the same symptoms. Thankfully, when it comes to treating rosacea, you have options.
Some of the symptoms of rosacea include a thickening of the skin, eye irritation and the formation of little bumps on your skin reminiscent of acne.
The medical community has not come to a consensus as to what it is that causes a person to experience rosacea. There are certain triggers that they have identified, but the real reason why rosacea develops in some people is still unknown.
What the medical community does know is that there are certain things that may trigger a rosacea outbreak in a person. For some people, the condition can be triggered by eating spicy foods. For others, rosacea is brought on by stress or extremes in the weather, such as very cold or hot temperatures.
We recommend that you keep a personal journal or mentally record the circumstances around you when you have rosacea outbreaks. If you notice that there are certain patterns that lead up to your rosacea outbreak, it would be good to try to avoid these things.
You may be able to minimize some of the symptoms you are experiencing by taking a cold shower or keeping your skin clean with products that are specifically designed for individuals with rosacea. Avoid scrubbing your face. In most people, vigorously scrubbing the face makes symptoms worse.
Moisture is key to protecting your skin when you are treating rosacea. Most dermatologists recommend that rosacea sufferers use a moisturizer every single day. Some moisturizers can even serve as a protectant, shielding your skin from environmental factors that could exacerbate your rosacea.
However, before choosing a moisturizer, it is a good idea to speak to one of our medical professionals. Some moisturizers may have an opposite effect than the one you want. They might actually trigger outbreaks. When selecting a moisturizer, it is best to find one that does not have a lot of oils and fragrances. In the same way that the moisturizers you use can affect your rosacea outbreaks, so do certain cleansers. It is recommended that you avoid harsh cleansers or products that contain alcohol.
If you would like to add an extra step to your skincare routine or have been disappointed with the results of at-home remedies, the experts at The Dermatology, Laser & Vein Center can help. Treating rosacea can be made much easier with specially designed treatments such as Venus Viva and photodynamic therapy. If you need help treating rosacea, contact our office in Cincinnati today to schedule a consultation.