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I have Rosacea, is there a cure?

Many people suffer from Rosacea and if you are a sufferer; you'll know that there are certain triggers that make it worse.  These vary with different people, and may include alcohol, exercise or changes in temperature.  However, it is important to realize that these are just triggers and are not what causes the redness in the first place.

There are different schools of thought as to what causes Rosacea but it is probable that the blood vessels in the face are over sensitive and dilate too easily.  It is more common in fair skinned people. Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for this, but it can be managed and kept to a minimum.  The British Association of Dermatologists recommend the following:

  • Use a emollient cream to cleanse your face rather than soap or other products.
  • Protect your skin from the sun by using a sun block (with a sun protection factor of at least 30) on your face every day.
  • Do not rub or scrub your face as this can make rosacea worse.
  • Use an unperfumed moisturiser on a regular basis if your skin is dry or sensitive.
  • Consider the lifestyle factors that can worsen rosacea. Learn which upset your rosacea and avoid them; a written record of your flare-ups may help.
  • Cosmetics can often cover up rosacea effectively, and some rosacea patients may benefit from the use of skin camouflage. This may help hide excessive redness.
  • Unless they are specifically recommended to you by your doctor it may be best to avoid some treatments for acne, as they can irritate skin that is prone to rosacea.
  • Do not use topical preparations containing corticosteroids, unless specifically recommended by your doctor, as these may make rosacea worse in the long run.
  • If your eyes are giving you problems, do not ignore them - consult your doctor.
  • Some drugs can aggravate blushing, and your doctor may make appropriate changes to your medication.

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