Rosacea- Calm Your Outbreaks

By: Gen Wright

Do you notice frequent flare-ups one your face or other areas where you tend to flush or blush easily? In 2010, the National Rosacea Society announced that the estimated number of Americans now suffering from rosacea has increased to 16 million, while millions more may be in temporary remission or aren't aware of their condition. Although rosacea causes remain unknown, it appears to involve a combination of genetics and environmental factors and is not contagious.

Keep Rosacea Under Control

Due to rosacea's chronic, relapsing nature, it is difficult disorder to keep under control. Unpredictable flare-ups can be stressful, but with certain lifestyle modifications as an important part of your rosacea treatment, you can help manage your rosacea symptoms. It is important to identify possible triggers for your rosacea symptoms. People with rosacea respond differently to each trigger, and it may take some time to determine what your triggers are. Some common triggers include:

* Weather and the environment - You may not be able to avoid rosacea triggers associated with weather, but you can reduce your risk by protecting your skin from the sin, protecting your eyes, etc.
* Food and beverages - Many foods and drinks can aggravate rosacea, but identifying them may be difficult. Avoid foods that make you flush, stick with cool beverages; keep your kitchen cool, etc.
* Skin care - Your face is sensitive to certain skincare products, or even cleansing methods that many people can easily tolerate. Be gentle, avoid harsh ingredients, take care of your eyes, etc.
* Exercise - Body heat generated from physical activity can inflame rosacea symptoms, yet avoiding exercise is not the answer.
* Stress - Don't skip out on sleep, find your own relaxation techniques, and shake up your routine.
* Taking your rosacea medication - While remembering to take your medication every day is often no problem during a flare-up, you may be tempted to stop taking it or forget to take it if your symptoms clear up.

Treatment for Your Rosacea

There is no cure for rosacea, but a variety of rosacea treatments are available that will help to reduce its appearance and prevent further progression. If left untreated rosacea can worsen and become more difficult to treat. Treatments for rosacea include both oral and topical medications, and surgical procedures for advance cases. When combined, treatments often yield better results.

Lifestyle changes and a rosacea skin care regimen are also important in reducing the chances of developing rosacea flare-ups. Your dermatologist will recommend a rosacea treatment based on the following:

* The rosacea subtype(s) you have developed.
* The severity of your rosacea
* Your skin type (light vs. dark, oily vs. dry)
* Results from previous treatments
* Your personal preferences

It takes time for rosacea medications and other therapies to work, but many rosacea treatments will show results within the first few months. Your dermatologist in Baton Rouge can provide you with a reasonable estimate of results, as well as the various treatment options available. Don't wait, get treatment now.

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Sean Hartmen writes for Dr. Trent Massengale, a leading dermatologist at The Dermatology Clinic, aesthetic dermatologist in Baton Rouge. The dermatologists at The Dermatology Clinic offer services in microdermabrasion, facial fillers, laser skin treatments and microdermabrasion in Baton Rouge.

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