Rosacea is a reddened skin condition of the face that is often misdiagnosed as adult acne. It varies in severity and does not always worsen with time. Typically, patients will experience inappropriate flushing that is not usually associated with sweating or being hot. It is common to have broken blood vessels (telangiectasias) on the cheeks, giving the face a reddened look. Rosacea sufferers may also experience bouts of inflammation that cause red papules (small bumps).

There are a variety of treatment options available for rosacea, including topical products, light therapies, and oral medications.

Self Help:

Avoid factors that increase your body temperature:
  • Exposure to extreme weather conditions, like strong sun, wind or cold
  • Spicy food, and some alcohols
  • Exercise - always try to exercise in cool surroundings, as overheating and sweating may cause a flare up. and stay well hydrated!
  • Medications - you should avoid vasodilating drugs (drugs that expand your blood vessels), and topical steroids
  • Cosmetics - try to use natural cosmetic products, without harsh chemicals & fragrances.

 

Daily skin care:
  • Avoid hot water, loofahs, and rough towels
  • Avoid toners, exfoliating agents, and astringents
  • Dandruff - Rosacea frequently coexists with sebhorreic dermatitis or dandruff

 

Cosmetics:
  • Anti-redness cream or concealer can be helpful to people with rosacea