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Treatments for Rosacea

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic progressive inflammatory skin condition that causes redness of the cheeks and nose, dilated blood vessels and small red acne-like blemishes. Symptoms can also include frequent flushing, burning, stinging, soreness and irritation, and sometimes red swollen eyelids. 

Triggers of Rosacea

There are often environmental or lifestyle triggers. Getting to know one’s triggers (and avoiding them) can help to keep symptoms at bay.

  • Sun

  • Exercise

  • Food: spicy food, hot food, caffeine, alcohol

  • Exposure to extreme hot and cold

  • Rubbing and friction

  • Certain sunscreen ingredients

  • Skin care products with acids and alcohols

  • Make-up, especially with glitter and gritty ingredients

  • Soaps and detergents with fragrances and perfumes

Treatments for Rosacea

  • Skin care: remove ingredients that make redness worse (like acids and retinols) and adding ingredients that tamp down redness (green tea, argan oil, resveratrol, aloe, chamomile, caffeine, heparan sulfate (HSA)). 

  • Prescription medications can help prevent flushing and the red acne-like lesions

  • Oral doxycycline

  • Laser and IPL/BBL treatment: can decrease the redness and dilated vessels

  • Diet: an anti-inflammatory diet (including foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids) is helpful to decrease inflammation of the skin


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