Living with Rosacea
Even though living with rosacea may feel challenging, remember that you are not alone. Rosacea affects an estimated 16 million Americans.
Living with rosacea often goes beyond the physical symptoms.
For some, the physical symptoms of rosacea can have a significant emotional impact. In a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society of more than 1,200 rosacea patients:
77% of patients surveyed said rosacea lowered their self-confidence
42% said it caused them to avoid public or social engagements
Healthy Skin Care Tips That Can Help Keep Flare-ups at Bay
Being aware of your triggers and incorporating a gentle skin care routine can help manage your rosacea symptoms. Ask your dermatologist to recommend a skin care routine that is easy on sensitive skin.
Find a dermatologist.
Rosacea is a chronic and progressive vascular and inflammatory skin condition which needs to be diagnosed by a doctor or dermatologist. The good news is that once you know what it is, you can learn how to treat it. Find a dermatologist near you.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Did you know people with rosacea are more likely to have skin damage, which can lead to poor or impaired skin barrier function? Moisturizing can help protect the skin’s barrier and improve its ability to combat everyday triggers that affect your skin’s barrier function.
Review your skin care routine.
Your skin is sensitive, and your skin care routine should be, too. Harsh exfoliants and alcohol-based products can worsen blemishes, leading to more redness and breakouts. So, opt for something gentle like oil-free, scent-free and alcohol-free products.
Avoid extreme temperatures.
Yes, the sun and cold winter winds can cause flare-ups, but temperature triggers aren’t just outdoors. Hot baths, saunas and even being near a fire can leave you flushed. Turn the heat down or limit the time your skin is exposed to extreme temperatures.
Get to know your triggers.
Everyone is different. Determine what triggers might be causing your rosacea to flare up. Getting to know your triggers will help you tame them in the future.
Stay positive with your course of treatment.
Remember, skin treatments can take time to improve the symptoms of rosacea, and there isn’t always an immediate impact. Positivity and patience go a long way. But remember, you’re not alone. With the right treatment goals, and guidance from your dermatologist you can see results.
The Different Faces of Rosacea
Rosacea affects people all over the world, from every walk of life. Below are some photographs that display how rosacea can appear on different faces and skin types.