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The Skin Diseases Rosacea

Updated on July 2, 2017

Symptoms, And Common Treatments For Rosacea

Article By Sharon Stajda

Rosacea is a common skin disorder of the facial skin that affects an estimated 14 million Americans. Most don't even know it? In fact, this skin disorder is becoming increasingly widespread as the populous baby boom generation enters the most susceptible ages, to contract it. Gallup survey's findings have shown that 78% of Americans have no knowledge of the condition and more shocking, the general public do not know how to recognize Rosacea or what can be done to treat it. First and foremost - Rosacea cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Because of its most prominent symptoms, the red-faced, acne-like rash on the face, it can be devastating not only on ones personal appearance, but as a rule it stands to be psychologically harmful.

Rosacea can and does in many cases make a person feel the psychological pangs of standing out in a crowd. Surveys by the National Rosacea Society, show that nearly 70 percent of patients state that Rosacea had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem. Many claiming that the symptoms have caused them to avoid public contact, and become leery of public functions. Among Rosacea patients with severe symptoms, nearly 70 percent said the disorder had deeply affected their professional interactions, and caused them to missed work because of their visible symptoms.

The cause of Rosacea is unknown, and as of yet there is no cure. There is medical help, and its outward symptoms can be diminished. The first thing to do if you think you might have Rosacea, head to the doctor. A dermatologist or other knowledgeable physician can help with diagnosis, and treatment. It's so important to have the condition treated quickly,so that treatment can be started when signs and symptoms are mild, become they become increasingly severe.

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Symptoms And Triggers Of Rosacea

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Signs And Symptoms To Look For; Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Small visible blood vessels on the face. Bumps or pimples on the face. Ocular problems,watery or irritated eyes.

What Can Trigger Rosacea; Common triggers can include: exposure to the sun cold weather, sudden emotion upset hot beverages, alcohol consumption.

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Treatments For Rosacea

Oral antibiotics, such as tetracycline, doxycycline (Vibramycin), and metronidazole (Flagyl) have shown through trial, and studies to effectively treat papulopustular rosacea. Topical metronidazole (cream [MetroCream] or gel [MetroGel]) administered twice daily is as effective as oral tetracycline, and is in most cases the agent of choice for pustular and papular rosacea. One can experience burning and stinging with the use of topical metronidazole. It is suggested via trail studies that topical metronidazole also reduces erythema (redness) in some patients. Rosacea is a chronic, relapsing disorder, long term treatment is generally required to control Rosacea.

Second Line Of Treatment

Antibiotics won't do the job or were partially successful, oral isotretinoin (Accutane) or topical tretinoin (Retin-A) therapy may be tried. Retinoid treatment (especially in the topical form) may help heal the lesion (pustular forms). But can and may worsen facial redness.

Other secondary therapies may include: trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra), methotrexate, dapsone, primaquine, chloroquine (Aralen), and oral prednisone.

Treatment Of Redness & Flushing

Oral and topical antibiotics are often ineffective in the treatment of erythema and flushing. The most effective way to prevent flushing and redness again is to avoid associated triggers. Low-dose of clonidine (Catapres; 0.05 mg twice daily) may be prescribed by your doctor to help control flushing, and redness.


Rosacea ... Lifestyle Recommendations

Avoid exposure to the sun whenever possible. Always use a non- irritating sunscreen daily. Remember - extremes heat or cold may be a trigger for many people. Even a hot showers, baths or warm rooms can cause a problem for some people with Rosacea. Wind (particularly cold winds) has also been shown to be a trigger for many people. So try to cover up while being exposed to wind.

Avoid food and drinks that you have found to be trigger to your Rosacea. Most Common problem foods are spicy foods and dairy products. It is often recommended that alcohol should be avoided. Some people will find that any sort of hot drink will trigger a Rosacea breakout. It's sometimes said that caffeinated products such tea & coffee will cause problems. Studies found that Rosacea is more likely to be triggered by the temperature of the drink rather than the drink itself.

Since Tobacco products are stimulants they are not recommended. Smoking can cause damages to blood vessels which may worsen some symptoms of Rosacea.

Take care of your skin. Choose skin products carefully. Avoid scrubbing the skin, and products that may irritate the skin. Exfoliant and astringent products (which contain alcohol)should be avoided. Choose very mild cleansing products. Use water-based makeup and sunscreen.

Avoid stressful situations. Anger, embarrassment and fright may all result in flushing and trigger Rosacea symptoms.

Persons that suffer from Rosacea should choose moderate, rather than hard exercise.

Mineral Makeup - Really helps with covering the redness that comes with Rosacea.

If you have Rosacea, and want a great natural makeup to help cover up the redness? Try Mineral makeup, it really works at covering the redness, and blotches that can occur with Rosacea breakouts.

There are several brands on the market you may want to consider. Bare Essentials being one of the first has revolutionized the cosmetic industry with its mineral makeup creation called bareMinerals. BareMinerals are made from 100% pure, micronized minerals that are free of preservatives, oil, fragrance, talc and other potential irritants.

BareMinerals may look like a powder, but that's as far as the resemblance goes. This powder has a SPF of 15 and feels like a cream, and blends flawlessly, giving you the look and feel of bare skin. This powder mineral Foundation morphs into your skin to cover imperfections, while providing a good SPF of 15 which helps protect the skin.

BareMinerals goes way beyond foundation. It is featherweight, creamy, with provides beautiful color all over your face, cheeks and eyes. The extensive line can offer you not only foundation, but eye liner, shadows, and natural looking blushers. BareMinerals blush and All-Over Face Color lend a radiant, healthy glow to your complexion that is as beautiful as it is good for your skin.

Mineral makeups are light and go on smooth, you'll forget you're wearing any makeup at all. They contain no oils or binders-which means their all-natural color stays true all day, and will not cause problems with your skin.

Mineral makeups are so pure you can sleep in them.

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Depending on the severity of the Rosacea condition, a healthcare professional may prescribe a combination of oral and topical medications in addition to dermatologic treatment, along with lifestyle changes. Surgical treatment such as laser surgery or cryosurgery may require temporary wound management to promote healing. Topical treatment with KAVI sulfur-based cleansers can help reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks, and in some cases, treatment lasting 12 weeks can be enough alone to relegate rosacea into remission.

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      Glenn Stok 12 months ago from Long Island, NY

      You have a lot of useful information about Rosacea here.

      I used to have a lot of flareups a long time ago, but I have it under control now. I found it never comes back as long as I avoid eating processed foods. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding fatty foods seems to work well.

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      Yes! I really agree with your post, because many of the people are facing the problem with rosacea, great survey by the National Rosacea Society.

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