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Don't Hide Your Skin - Rosacea Treatment and Triggers


This common condition has many hiding their faces away, but with proper treatment and management, rosacea doesn't need to keep you in the dark.

If you have worsening redness on your face that starts on the chin, cheeks, nose or forehead, and then progresses and becomes constant and inflamed, you should talk to your physician about a common condition known as rosacea It commonly affects fair skinned women between 30 and 50, though it can strike at any time. Once diagnosed, rosacea patients do have hope in the form of laser treatments and also knowledge. Knowing which triggers can set off a rosacea outbreak will make avoiding them easier.

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There is no cure for rosacea, but it is manageable. IPL or intense pulsed light treatments are effective at reducing the redness and inflammation of rosacea. According to dermatologist Dr. Helen Fincher who visits with The Doctors today, "[IPL] treats redness," Dr. Fincher says. "It also is a total facial rejuvenation system, so it targets melanin and collagen. It helps with pores and fine lines. It's awesome!" Dr. Fincher uses the Cynosure Affirm XPL device which has a cooling effect to make the procedure more comfortable for the patient. Dr. Fincher says that 3-5 treatments are generally recommended to get the best result.

It is important to remember that there is no cure for rosacea. Other treatments available include salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide creams and even prescription antibiotics to reduce the inflammation. Management usually involves avoiding outbreak triggers as often as possible. Many people find that outbreaks are caused by certain foods and activities such as:
  • Exercise
  • Chocolate
  • Stress
  • Hot Beverages and Soups
  • Spicy Foods
  • Brie Cheese
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy Products
  • Sun Exposure
According to The Doctors, rosacea is commonly associated with acne. While rosacea can cause little pimples to flare up, rosaceatreatment.org cautions that the two are different skin conditions and you should be careful because certain acne treatments can make rosacea worse.