Rosacea Treatments Overview
Rosacea is a skin condition that is characterized by facial redness, and it is most commonly found on the nose, cheeks, chin, and in between the eyebrows. People who suffer from rosacea tend to blush very easily or are constantly red. Other symptoms of rosacea include bloodshot/watery eyes, sensitive skin, a burning/stinging sensation, broken facial capillaries, and acne-like pustules on the face.
Rosacea is a common condition that affects approximately 1 in 20 people. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown but exposure to radiation and certain climates is thought to contribute to its development.
First Steps to Treatment
Current treatments for rosacea do not provide a cure for the condition, but rather are aimed at keeping its symptoms at bay. The first step in treating rosacea consists of determining what triggers it and exacerbates its condition.
Common triggers of rosacea include the following:
- Direct sunlight
- Extreme weather
- Spicy foods
- Strenuous exercise
- Menopause/hot flashes
- Hot drinks
Skin care products like toners that contain alcohol can also exacerbate rosacea. If you use sunscreen, choose one that contains titanium oxide or zinc oxide so your skin doesn’t get irritated.
Topical steroids are not recommended for the treatment of rosacea because they worsen capillary formation and redness in the long run.