Rosacea

 

 


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SYMPTOMS
The most common symptoms include facial redness across the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead and visibly damaged blood vessels. Small red inflammatory papules may appear on the face and sometimes inside the nose (ouch!). At this stage it is often misdiagnosed as acne. A general picture of rosacea can encompass different stages. It varies from a pre-rosacea stage that is characterized by frequent bouts of transient facialflushing, which dissipates quickly, to an advanced stage as manifested by rhynophyma, a bulbous enlargement of the nose.

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder that affects millions of Americans. It occurs in both sexes and may begin as early as the teenage years. The condition develops gradually as mild episodes of facial blushing or flushing that over time may lead to a permanent red face. Individuals with fair skin, particularly those of Scottish, Irish or Celtic descent are more predisposed to rosacea, although dark-skinned individuals are not spared. Gentle enough to remove eye makeup. It is critical that you be diagnosed by a dermatologist. Rosacea left untreated will only worsen--leaving you with permanently reddened skin and possibly a large, bulbous nose. 


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OCCULAR ROSACEA
Rosacea may also affect the eyes with symptoms including irritation, dryness, crusting, tearing, foreign body sensation, swelling of eyelids, conjunctivitis and light sensitivity. 

    

 

    COMMON ROSACEA FLARE-UP TRIGGERS: Avoid anything that makes you flush. 


  

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ROSACEA DAILY SKIN CARE

1. Wash with water that is lukewarm, not hot.
2. Use a gentle (non abrasive) cleanser applied with the fingers, not a cloth. Try Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. Make sure it says "gentle" and not "daily". The "Daily" is too strong. 
3. Blot dry, but do not rub, with a thick-pile cotton towel
4. Wait for the skin to dry completely. If a cleanser hasn't been used, 5 or 10 minutes will be sufficient, otherwise waiting 20 or 30 minutes may be preferable.
5. Apply a prescribed topical agent. If any stinging is felt, increase the time between cleansing and applying the medication.

TREATMENTS 
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MetroCream® – a topical treatment for rosacea. Less drying than the gel.

MetroGel® – Metronidazole; a topical treatment for rosacea. 

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) - A newer form of therapy, IPL uses a non-laser light source. Recent studies conclude that IPL can safely and effectively reduce the following signs of rosacea in some patients: dilated blood vessels, persistant redness, and flushing acne-like breakouts.

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I.P.L. is not cheap (average price per treatment depends on where you live, and size of area to be treated), but even just one treatment can significantly reduce redness. Talk to your dermatologist. I.P.L. can burn if not done by an experienced liscensed technician.

Makeup Tips for Rosacea at www.rosacea.org

Rosacea Support Group - where rosacea sufferers meet online to support each other

 

 

                                                                  

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The importance of  Jojoba Oil in the treatment of adult acne and rosacea comes from its similarity to the natural restorative oil produced by the sebaceous glands in the dermal layers of the skin.
Jojoba oil is non- allergenic and doesn't clog pores. It will help reverse damage to the epidermis caused by harsh soaps and topical rosacea medications. Jojoba Oil helps balance sebum excretion (related to acne) and helps normalize keratin sloughing off from the dermis (related to acne). 

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