Simple Commercial Treatments To Rosacea

November 07, 2015

A huge number of population across the world is unaware of rosacea. But for those who have it, they pull heaven and earth together just to treat this skin disorder.

What Is Rosacea?

According to Mayo Clinic, “Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness in your face and often produces small, red, pus-filled bumps. Although rosacea can occur in anyone, it most commonly affects middle-aged women who have fair skin. Left untreated, rosacea tends to worsen over time. Rosacea signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of weeks to months and then diminish before flaring up again. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems.”

Dermatologists could easily detect rosacea and distinguish it from other cases that cause skin blushing. However in rare cases, these doctors may require a skin biopsy and a skin culture to rule out other causes of bumps like herpes or staph infections. Also, a blood test will help rule out less common causes of facial flushing including lupus and other autoimmune condition.

Symptoms of Rosacea

  • Enlarge Nose. It’s the nose that gets affected first as the redness and bumps and dilated  blood vessels become visible. Rosacea can make the skin on the nose appear swollen, making it appear bulbous. Men commonly have this reaction than women.
  • Eye Problems. Almost 50% of the people who suffer from this skin problem also experience swelling, dryness, irritation and redness in their eyelids. In some cases, the eye symptoms are followed by the skin symptoms.
  • Facial Redness. Like the nose, tiny red blood vessels also appear on the face. They particularly become visible when they are swollen. Rosacea causes incessant redness on the cheeks.
  • Inflamed Red Bumps. These appear to be acne-like bumps and they usually have pus. The face normally feels tender and hot.

Causes Of Rosacea

There is no known cause of this skin problem. However, dermatologists deduce that rosacea may be caused by a combination of environmental and hereditary factors. Some of these environmental factors that aggravate or provoke rosacea include:

  • Some medicines that cause the blood vessels to dilate
  • Corticosteroids
  • Hot food and beverages
  • Spicy food
  • Extreme temperature
  • Alchohol
  • Stress, embarrassment or anger
  • Sunlight
  • Hot baths

These activities could increase the blood flow on the surface of the skin

Treatment for Rosacea

Unfortunately, there’s not yet invented cure for rosacea. However, there are treatments that can curb and curtail the signs and symptoms of this problem. If you experience  continual redness on your face, it is advisable to see your dermatologist for proper diagnosis. Treating a wrong illness is the least thing you want to experience. 

There’s a wide-ranging treatment for rosacea from the simplest oral antibiotics to the more complex treatments like photo dynamic therapy and or light emitting diode. For those who are looking for some simple commercial treatments, the following are considered to be the common treatments being sought by people with rosacea:

  • Cleansers - sulfa-based or benzoyl peroxide washes are often used to clean faces with rosacea. However benzoyl peroxide has been associated with cancer, so you might want to be careful in choosing your cleanser. As much as possible, use pure and simple cleansers like Cetaphil.
  • Glycolic Peel - interestingly, peeling the skin is used to dry the bumps and remove or smoothen the skin. However, not everyone can tolerate this kind of treatment, and it can be harsh on some skin, too, so a little caution is necessary.
  • Oral Antibiotics - dermatologists normally prescribe patients with mild rosacea some antibiotics like doxycycline, amoxicillin, tetracycline and minocycline, and these actually help reduce swelling. However, a little caution is also necessary when taking antibiotics as they also come with side effects.
  • Topical Application - there are topical antibiotics and other creams available to treat rosacea. Topical treatments are by far the least abrasive treatment, although sometimes it also poses risks, especially when some ingredients may cause a different reaction on the skin. When using a topical product for rosacea, make sure that it is mainly formulated using natural ingredients.

Always remember to protect your skin from the sun as it worsens rosacea. Use a sunscreen that’s recommended by your dermatologist.