By: Amy Murphy, PA-C
Whether you’re flushing, breaking out from food triggers, seeing redness in and around the eyes, or are sun-sensitive, you may have a form of rosacea. It is a common condition that can take on many forms.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder. It comes and goes as an inflammatory issue. You will see this on the central face (nose and cheeks) primarily. Sometimes thickening of these areas along with the forehead and chin, accompanied by enlarged oil glands may develop. We will see this more in fair-skinned people. It is more common in middle-aged people. More women than men have rosacea. Men experience more of the skin thickening of the nose. Unfortunately, like acne, there is no cure, but there are many tools to treat the symptoms.
Some first step treatments are avoiding your triggers, using gentle skin care products and good sun protection. General sensitive skin may be an issue, but using the right products and altering dietary choices can make a big difference. Many find alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, spicy foods, hot-temperature foods, exercise, humidity and stress common triggers.
Some great products for treating redness and rosacea include: Lite Lytic Tx by Epionce. This is a gentle-strength treatment product that targets cleaning pores and smoothing skin texture. It will improve irritation and inflammation. It is good for sensitive skin and contains salicylic acid 0.5% and azelaic acid.
Redness Neutralizer by Skin Ceuticals protects the skin’s barrier from environmental triggers like wind, cold or hot exposure. This product can also cool the skin. It smoothes the skin and is paraben-free. There are peptides and botanical ingredients such as bark extract.
Laser or intense pulsed light therapy is another great option for combatting the redness of rosacea. The vessels we see at the skin’s surface respond well to the laser. Light energy is absorbed by hemoglobin in the vessels at the skin’s surface. We see fast results with this type of treatment. Retreatment periodically can keep this condition at bay.
We can also treat rosacea with prescription topical medicines and oral medicines when it becomes persistent. The acne that comes with rosacea may especially need these stronger treatment options. Fortunately, rosacea rarely leaves scars, unlike acne.