The first thing you need to understand about rosacea is that there is no cure. Unfortunate, we know. However, there are ways that you can reduce its appearance so that it is barely visible, if even visible at all.
If you think you may be suffering from rosacea there are a few things that you can try before heading over to a dermatologist, to determine how to bad the situation is. There is no scientifically determined cause of rosacea, however some of your lifestyle choices can play a huge factor in triggering a flare up. Sudden fluctuations in temperature, stress, certain foods and even what you drink (sorry, your going to have to cut down on wine) can have a really negative effect on skin.
What exactly is rosacea?
If you have already been diagnosed with rosacea, you will know that it is a long term condition that mainly affects the face. The most recognisable and probably most annoying symptom is episodes of flushing. It is a relapsing condition so you may go through periods where it is much more severe, followed by periods of it being a bay. If, or when, it worsens this can develop into permanent redness, where you may have burning or stinging sensations, your blood vessels can become visible and spots can develop.
How Can I Stop Flare Up’s?
Before you try treating rosacea, you should get to know the things to avoid to keep it under control. There are a few well known triggers to steer clear of, which can be easily done with a few changes to your lifestyle.
Extreme changes in temperature is one of the main causes of flare ups. Whilst we know you can’t control the weather, you can avoid going out where possible in strong winds or in the snow. Also, try to stay out of saunas or having a scolding hot bath, because the heat can be just as bad for you.
There is a long list of foods and beverages that you also need to try and avoid as they are believed to aggravate rosacea. Foods that you must try to avoid include; chocolate, dairy, avocado, vinegar, banana and tomatoes. Alcohol can also be your worst enemy, especially red wine, champagne, beer, gin, bourbon and vodka.
Your daily skin care routine can also have a really bad effect on your skin if you suffer with rosacea. As a rule of thumb, try to avoid any products containing alcohol, witch hazel, or anything fragranced. Toners, scrubs and anything with high acidity can also irritate your skin, so unless it is being used by a dermatologist, stay away.
What treatments are proven to be effective in treating rosacea?
Even if you follow all of the tips we have mentioned above, you still may find yourself fighting an up hill battle – but there are treatments out there that can help. IPL (intense pulsed light) has been clinically proven to effectively reduce the effects of rosacea. It might sound a bit intimidating, but it is just light energy that is used to target capillaries in the skin, through a little handheld machine used by your dermatologist. The science behind this treatment is that the skin absorbs the light, which harmlessly breaks down the capillaries, which are then naturally absorbed by the body. Once absorbed, the redness caused by rosacea becomes less noticeable and after a number of treatments can disappear altogether. The number of treatments you will need depends on how severe your rosacea is, you may only need one treatment, or you may need a few.
Before you run straight to IPL treatments, definitely try and control your rosacea with the lifestyle changes that we mentioned above. The costs of IPL can reach anywhere up to $700, so try and control it at home before running to your doctor!
Georgina Bullock is a freelance writer and research journalist, who specializes in a number of core areas, including health and well being, beauty and skin care. Through studying journalism at university, Georgina was introduced to a number of contacts in different industries, where she was able to build her portfolio of feature articles. She is currently a regular contributor for SkinMedical.co.uk, where she researches and writes about the latest trends in aesthetic skin care.