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Talking about Rosacea

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Let’s Talk About Rosacea

Rosacea is a persistent inflammatory skin condition that affects both men and women.

Most people don’t even realize they have it, but rosacea is more common than you think. In fact, more than 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea.

Signs & Symptoms

Rosacea can show up differently on everyone. Some people display just one symptom, while others show multiple symptoms.

These are the most common types of rosacea:

  • Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea: Facial redness (erythema)

    Facial Redness (Erythema)

    For many people, facial redness is the most noticeable symptom of rosacea. Sometimes mistaken for blushing or sensitivity to sunlight, rosacea takes on a distinctive pattern, affecting the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead near the center of the face.

  • Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea: Bumps and blemishes (inflammatory lesions)

    Bumps & Blemishes (Inflammatory Lesions)

    Acne-like breakouts are another common characteristic of rosacea. While these bumps and blemishes might resemble acne, treating them with harsh acne medications can upset sensitive skin (common with rosacea) and make the condition even worse.

  • Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea: Skin thickening (rhinophyma)

    Skin Thickening (Rhinophyma)

    A more rare type of rosacea causes the skin to thicken and develop a bumpy texture. Skin may thicken on the chin, forehead, cheeks and ears, but the nose is most frequently affected.

  • Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea: Eye irritation

    Eye Irritation

    Rosacea can also affect the eyes, causing a gritty, itchy feeling that burns or stings. Ocular rosacea can even lead to light sensitivity and blurred vision.

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Understand What May Trigger Rosacea

A variety of factors can cause a rosacea outbreak, and the triggers of rosacea vary from person to person. Unfortunately, many of the things that trigger rosacea are things that most people enjoy. Learning to identify your triggers and making an effort to avoid them can make a dramatic difference in the way you manage your condition and get you closer to clearer skin.

  • Sun exposure can be a trigger of rosacea.
    Sun Exposure
  • Spicy foods can be a trigger of rosacea.
    Spicy Foods
  • Alcohol can be a trigger of rosacea.
  • Hot drinks can be a trigger of rosacea.
    Hot Drinks
  • Extreme temperatures can be a trigger of rosacea.
    Extreme Temps
  • Stress can be a trigger of rosacea.
  • Exercise can be a trigger of rosacea.
  • Demodex can be a trigger of rosacea.

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Clearer Skin Is a Lifestyle - Make It Yours

Six rosacea-friendly tips that may help you keep your skin clearer and in check.

  1. Find a good dermatologist.

    Having rosacea can be discouraging. Being diagnosed is the first step toward clearer skin. The good news is, once you know what it is, you can learn how to treat it. Together with your dermatologist, you can help find the course of treatment and skincare routine that works for you.

  2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

    Did you know people with rosacea are more likely to have skin barrier damage, which can lead to sensitized skin? Moisturizing can help protect the skin’s barrier and improve its ability to combat everyday triggers that affect your skin’s barrier function.

  3. Reassess your skin routine.

    Your skin is sensitive. Your skincare routine should be too. Harsh exfoliants and alcohol-based products can exacerbate blemishes, leading to more redness and breakouts. So opt for something gentle. The same goes for makeup. Oil-free, scent-free and alcohol-free products are ideal. Always be sure to test new products on your neck or arm to see if you have a reaction.

  1. Avoid extreme temperatures.

    Yes, the sun and cold winter winds can cause flare-ups, but temperature triggers aren’t just outdoors. Hot baths, saunas and even a cozy fire can leave you flushed. Turn the heat down, or limit the time your skin is exposed to extreme temperatures.

  2. Get to know your triggers.

    Everyone is different. Determine what triggers might be causing your rosacea to flare up. Getting to know your triggers will help you tame them in the future.

  3. Stay positive with the course of treatment.

    Positivity and patience go a long way. But remember, you’re not alone, and with the right treatment you can see results.

Rosacea FAQs

While the symptoms of rosacea can be improved with treatment, there is no permanent cure for rosacea.

No medical test can determine if you have rosacea. To diagnose rosacea, your doctor or dermatologist will examine your skin and eyes, and ask a series of questions to rule out other medical conditions that may appear similar to the symptoms of rosacea.

There are four basic types of rosacea, although they share some of the same symptoms: facial redness, bumps and blemishes, skin thickening, and ocular (eye) rosacea. Your doctor or dermatologist can determine the type of rosacea you have and discuss the best treatment option that will help manage your symptoms. SOOLANTRA Cream is a topical treatment only for the bumps and blemishes of rosacea.

Unfortunately, rosacea is a chronic condition. That means, for most people, the symptoms will come and go during your lifetime. Rosacea can get worse over time, so it’s important to treat it.

*Demodex are common mites that live on the face. Rosacea or not, everyone has them. But in people with rosacea, researchers believe these mites might stir up trouble.