Living With Rosacea

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Rosacea is a highly common skin condition that causes the appearance of red, flushed skin, visible blood vessels, and even acne-like breakouts. And If you’re one of the millions of people living with rosacea, it can be disheartening to learn that there is no cure. However, there are many things you can do to help rosacea and reduce symptoms and flare-ups.

Learning more about rosacea, including what it is, symptoms of rosacea, and common triggers, can help you make more beneficial lifestyle choices – and it can promote both lessened rosacea symptoms and improved health overall. 

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that creates a red, flushed appearance in the skin and other visible symptoms. People of all ages, skin types, and health histories have rosacea, although some potential risk factors for rosacea include:

  • Being female
  • Having light skin that sunburns easily
  • Being over the age of 30
  • Smoking
  • Having a family history of rosacea

Signs of Rosacea

The symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Persistent blushing/flushing in the face, especially in the nose and cheek area
  • Visible veins (spider veins), especially on the nose and cheeks
  • Swollen bumps that resemble acne
  • A warm, tender, burning sensation
  • Dry, irritated eyes or swollen eyelids (known as ocular rosacea)
  • Enlarged nose caused by thickening skin

What Causes Rosacea? 

When it comes to the question of the cause of rosacea, researchers still have much to learn. Many people wonder, is rosacea autoimmune-related? Or is inflammatory rosacea related to an overactive immune system?

The answer is that rosacea could be tied to excess inflammation in the body, hereditary factors, environmental factors, or a combination of all of these. However, what we do know is that rosacea is not contagious, and it is completely unrelated to hygiene. 

Rosacea Triggers

For most people, rosacea symptoms seem to “flare up” at certain times. Although there are many potential causes for a flare-up, common triggers for rosacea include:

  • Sun or wind
  • Extreme hot or cold
  • Spicy foods, warm drinks, or alcoholic beverages
  • Physical activity
  • Emotions
  • Certain skin/hair care products or cosmetics
  • Medications that dilate the blood vessels

How to Improve Rosacea Symptoms

You may not be able to cure rosacea, but there are plenty of ways to improve the condition. In fact, with the right approach, you can manage rosacea with fairly high success. 

Options for rosacea treatment include:

  • Medication: There are prescription drugs for rosacea, including topical creams/gels, oral acne medications, and oral antibiotics. Finding the right medication for rosacea largely depends on the severity and symptoms you are dealing with.
  • Skincare: Skincare products with ingredients such as azelaic acid may support improvements in the signs of rosacea.
  • Laser therapy: Laser treatments can reduce the visibility of blood vessels, targeting specific veins.

It’s not just professional treatments that can help – there are also many rosacea home remedies and lifestyle choices you can make. Using proper self-care practices can mitigate symptoms and help you minimize flare-ups as much as possible. For example:

Pinpoint and Avoid Triggers.

Pay close attention to your personal triggers to determine what causes your rosacea to flare up. Then, be conscious about avoiding these triggers as much as possible. 

Use Sun and Wind Protection.

Sunscreen, proper attire, and sun safety are always important, particularly for individuals with rosacea. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, and wear protective clothing (such as a hat). On windy days, try to protect your skin with a scarf or another form of clothing.

Be Gentle with Your Skin.

Harsh cleansers, fragrances, and excessive touching can be major triggers for rosacea symptoms. Avoid these whenever you can, and stay away from products formulated with menthol, alcohol, urea, or camphor (all common irritants for rosacea).

Develop a Personalized Plan with Help from a Dermatologist.

Every case is unique, so meeting with a dermatologist to review yours can be extremely helpful in creating a plan for effective management. Your doctor may recommend specific products or steps to support reduced symptoms.

Make Positive Lifestyle Choices.

Unfortunately, rosacea can increase your odds of developing other diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and depression. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can make a world of difference. Dermatologists recommend prioritizing your health by:

  • Eating a balanced diet of nutritious foods
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Completing low-intensity workouts consistently
  • Quitting smoking
  • Limiting the number of alcoholic beverages you consume
  • Minimizing stress
  • Being aware of your overall wellness 

Personalized Rosacea Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ

Are you tired of suffering from the ongoing symptoms of rosacea flare-ups? At Affiliated Dermatology, we can help you find triggers, incorporate better skincare products, and determine how to best help improve your symptoms. And because each one of our patients is treated with individualized care, you can be confident that your treatment plan will be tailored to suit your specific needs.

For more information about treating rosacea and minimizing flare-ups, contact our Scottsdale aesthetic dermatology offices to schedule an appointment today!

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