Tips for Managing Rosacea by Hadley, Aesthetician at Zimmet Vein & Dermatology

-Adopt a positive attitude about the situation. Prescription medications, proper skin care, pulsed light treatments and lifestyle modifications can make a real improvement in rosacea so be open to these approaches and stay positive! Remember you are not alone- many people suffer from this aggravating skin condition.

-Make a list of trigger factors that exacerbate the symptoms of rosacea. Common triggers are outdoor or indoor heat, heavy exercise, caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, and stress. Try to minimize or reduce these triggers as much as possible. For example, opt for one cup of coffee or switch to green tea or exercise indoors during the hottest and coldest times of the year. The goal is to minimize triggers without affecting your quality of life!

-Use all prescription medications as directed by your dermatologist. Some medications may take a month or more before visible results are seen, so stick with the program and report any unusual side effects.

-Schedule a skin consultation with an aesthetician to get information on proper products, topical antioxidants, and appropriate sunblocks.

-Use a mild gentle cleanser morning and evening. Generally, cleansers with fragrances, dyes, and perfumes are irritating and should be avoided. Apply the cleanser to facial skin with fingertips and use gentle circular and up and down motions to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Tissue off cleanser and rinse Do not use washcloths.

-Avoid harsh scrubs, toners and astringents. It is best to let an aesthetician properly exfoliate the skin in a customized facial for rosacea skin once a month. Floral waters such as rose water can be refreshing without irritating or over drying the skin.

-After cleansing use a gentle moisturizer followed immediately by a physical sunblock (a physical sunblock contains one or a combination of Zinc, Titanium Dioxide, or Iron Oxides. These ingredients reflect UV light and have anti-inflammatory properties).

-Avoid moisturizers and sunscreens with chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV light to protect the skin and often trigger redness and irritation in patients with rosacea.

-Use a mineral makeup to reduce inflammation and cover redness. Mineral makeup should be applied to hydrated skin for the best coverage.

-Treatment with lasers and/or pulsed light sources may be the most effective treatment for the redness and broken capillaries associated with rosacea. Schedule a consultation with a physician experienced with this treatment method.

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