If you suffer from facial redness or outbreaks of acne-like pimples across your nose, cheeks and forehead, you could have a skin condition known as Rosacea. Those who have Rosacea-and there are about 14 million Americans with the skin condition-are often met with the frustration of flare-ups, even if they are trying to maintain a typical skin care regimen. What's worse, without proper Rosacea treatment, those symptoms can actually intensify. Through identification of Rosacea and establishment of a proper Rosacea skin care plan, those with the incurable skin condition can take steps in keeping their faces clear and bright.
One of the first things someone learns after Roacea diagnosis is to carefully inspect potential skin care products. Sensitive skin formulated lotions, soaps and makeup are less likely to clog pores, contain drying ingredients or cause irritation. If a product burns, stings or irritates your skin, stop using it immediately.
Also, try not to rub or scrub your face. Exfoliating soaps and astringents should always be avoided. Those with Rosacea should always, however, wear at least an SPF15 sunscreen, so as to protect skin from the sun and any irritation that may cause.
If you switch to less irritating products, you may alleviate some of your symptoms; in the meantime, you can hide some of your facial redness with green-tinted concealers or foundations.
Another important step for those with Rosacea is to identify triggers and then avoid them. Maintain a diary for a few weeks to determine what triggers your flare-ups, then do your best to avoid those triggers. You can reduce symptoms if you minimize things like stress, sun exposure, heat, humidity, alcohol, spicy foods, cold wind, hot water and saunas.
For individuals who don't benefit from lifestyle changes, more aggressive treatments can be used. If your Rosacea tends to cause pimples and redness, your doctor can prescribe oral antibiotics and a topical cream to help calm your skin. If your condition doesn't get better, stronger remedies can sometimes help.
For sufferers who have extensive redness along with visible blood vessels, laser therapy can be a good solution. Vascular lasers target blood vessels just under the skin and cause them to disintegrate. Three or more treatments are usually needed.
No matter what course of action you want to take, a qualified physician can determine the best method for your particular case.
I'm one of those people who has semi-sensitive skin. This means that on certain areas of my body, I tend to collect what African American people affectionately call "ash." This "ashy" state of being is incredibly unattractive when attempting to be cute in a mini-dress or pair of shorts.