With its red, flushed appearance, rosacea can make you feel like hiding your face from the world – but you’re in good company. Approximately 16 million Americans have this skin condition. Although rosacea most often affects women over age 30 with fair skin, it can occur in anyone.
There is no known cure for rosacea, and no test to diagnose it, so doctors rely on your skin’s appearance and your own reported flare-ups to determine treatments that can help. Whether your rosacea is mild or severe, it can improve with the right care.
Topical medications may help reduce redness and breakouts. The antibiotic doxycycline can reduce inflammation and help clear up rosacea bumps. For patients with severe rosacea, isotretinoin has proven effective.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light™) Photofacial – also known as photofacial rejuvenation – can reduce or even completely clear redness on your face with long-lasting results. It combines the use of a laser and a topical gel, and it works best in a series of treatments. The broadband light applied to the face targets and affects melanin, the substance that causes coloration in the skin.
Treat your skin with sunscreen to prevent rosacea symptoms. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunlight is the leading cause of rosacea flare-ups. Sun exposure causes your face to redden and flush.
Follow the same guidelines for general skin protection that are recommended for everyone: Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, stay out of the sun in the hottest part of the day, and wear a hat. Following these steps can also help prevent age spots and wrinkles, and reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.
Sensitive Skin Care
If you have rosacea, your skin can react to chemicals and rough treatment by developing redness, irritation, and pain. Use only products intended for sensitive skin, and always use a light touch when washing your face or applying products.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with rosacea, discovering what makes it flare up is important for preventing future episodes. The easiest way to treat the condition is to avoid the things that cause it to get worse.
For many people, triggers may include stress, heat, certain foods, or alcohol. Changes to your diet, outdoor habits, and other lifestyle considerations can make all the difference in the appearance of your skin. Consistency in your skin care routine can help reduce the severity and frequency of flare-ups.
Skin Experts in Houston
Successful treatment of rosacea requires a collaborative effort between you and your doctor. Combined with your own specialized skin care routine at home, solutions from our medical skin care center can give your skin the appearance you desire.
Our experienced team at The Vein Institute & MediSpa in Kingwood, Texas, understands the complexities of rosacea. We can help restore the clarity and beauty of your delicate skin using IPL Photofacial, medication, or other options, as well as determine the best ways for you to care for your rosacea on a daily basis.
Call (281) 312-0208 or request an appointment online today. We look forward to helping you feel and look your best.