Rosacea – Facial Redness

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin disease that causes redness and pimples on your nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. The redness may come and go.

What are the symptons?

  • A flushed face and pimples or bumps on or around the cheeks, nose, mouth, and forehead.
  • Tiny red veins on the face that look like spiderwebs.
  • Burning or stinging facial skin, especially when they apply lotions or medicines.

How is it treated?

  • Antibiotic creams or pills may be used to treat redness and pimples. Antibiotic pills may also help treat eye problems. Women who are pregnant should not use some antibiotic creams or pills. If you use antibiotics, be patient-it can take a month or two before you start to see improvement.
  • Stronger medicines may be tried if antibiotics don’t control your rosacea. Examples include isotretinoin (Accutane) or tretinoin cream (Retin-A). You cannot use these if you are pregnant or might become pregnant.
  • Surgery or other treatments may help your skin look better if you have advanced rosacea.

Is there anything I can do to minimize the effects of Rosacea?

Stay away from the following “triggers”.

Emotional Triggers:

  • Anxiety
  • Concentration
  • Crying
  • Embarrassment
  • Excitement
  • Intimacy
  • Laughing
  • Stress

Hormonal Triggers:

  • Birth Control Pills
  • Estrogen
  • Perimenopause
  • Premenstrual
  • Postmenopause

Topical Triggers:

  • Alcohol Containing Cleansers
  • Exfoliants
  • Moisturizers
  • Sunscreens
  • Toners

Foods and Beverages:

  • Large Meals
  • Spicy Foods
  • Hot Foods
  • Alcohol
  • Hot Beverages