There are many skin conditions that are easily controlled so you can have clear and blemish-free skin. One such chronic skin issue is rosacea, which is an inflammatory disorder that typically affects fair skinned women between the ages of 30 and 50. There are triggers to avoid to keep rosacea outbreaks at bay and effective treatments for those suffering from active rosacea.
Recently discussed on the set of The Doctors, symptoms of rosacea include patches of redness, broken capillaries, flushing, and acne-like bumps. Commonly associated with acne, rosacea is not dangerous but may be a nuisance to those who suffer from these indications. Easily managed with foreknowledge of what triggers these attacks, more severe cases of rosacea may be treated with light based and laser therapies.
Common triggers for rosacea include but are not limited to:
- Sun Exposure
- Hot Beverages and Soups
- Spicy Foods
- Brie Cheese
- Dairy Products
While avoidance of these products and activities is the key to keeping rosacea outbreaks from occurring, there are also options available to treat active rosacea. Topical prescription medications and prescription antibiotics are available to help control inflammation and salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide creams may help with the acne-like bumps that appear.
IPL or intense pulse light treatments are also highly effective in the maintenance of rosacea patients. According to dermatologist Dr. Helen Fincher, "IPL treats redness and it is also a total facial rejuvenation system, targeting melanin and collagen. It helps with pores and fine lines." She uses the Cynosure Affirm XPL device in her practice to treat many rosacea patients. The Affirm IPL has a built-in cooling instrument for increased patient comfort and there is little redness post procedure.
Patients will see results after just one treatment but Dr. Fincher recommends a series of treatments for the best results: 3-5 treatments at 3-4 week intervals.
There is no cure for rosacea; the best course of action is avoidance of outbreak-inducing foods and activities and should symptoms arise, there are many options to help control the severity of the outbreak.