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Rosacea

Rosacea is a facial skin disorder that affects more than 14 million Americans. While women are more likely to develop rosacea, men actually experience more severe flare-ups. It frequently first appears in adults over the age of 30, but can occur in some people at a younger age. Symptoms include flushed skin, persistent skin redness, pimples and enlarged or broken blood vessels. In advanced stages of rosacea, the skin can become enlarged and bumpy on the nose and other parts of the face.

While there is no specific cure for rosacea, medical treatment and daily lifestyle modifications can help manage the condition. Dermatologists can suggest treatments, which may include prescription medications. It’s recommended to adhere to a dermatologist's treatment plan, because rosacea is a chronic disorder that can worsen over time. An important element of managing rosacea is identifying your individual "triggers" (things that cause flare-ups of more intense flushed skin, skin redness and bumps) and taking steps to minimize or avoid them. Some of the most common triggers include sun exposure, stress, hot weather, alcohol, spicy foods and irritating skincare products.

 

CARE & TREATMENT

Establishing a good daily skincare regimen also helps to keep skin healthy and the redness from rosacea under control. Always wash your face with a gentle, soap-free cleanser to reduce the potential of irritating the skin. Be sure to use lukewarm water, since hot water can trigger a flare-up.

It's also important to keep your face moisturized; look for a facial moisturizer that won’t clog your pores (non-comedogenic) and with an SPF factor of at least 15, to help protect against redness-provoking UV rays. Makeup can also be used to reduce the appearance of rosacea symptoms. Products with green tones are especially helpful in reducing the appearance of visible skin redness.

The information provided herein is not intended to be medical advice. Nor is it intended to treat the underlying skin disease or condition. The information is provided solely to:

1. Improve the appearance of the skin or 
2. Achieve healthier looking skin

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