Acne Awareness Month:Acne Rosacea

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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes an inflammatory facial rash mainly affecting adults and can cause acne rosacea. Doctors don’t all agree on what causes rosacea. Rosacea affects people differently to varying degrees, and while anyone can develop rosacea, it’s most commonly found in Caucasians, people with blue eyes, and even more common in people of Irish descent. Other causes of rosacea are genetics, sun exposure, impaired skin barrier, changes in temperature, spicy foods, stress, smoking, and alcohol. As we age, our skin barrier weakens and becomes thinner, making adults more susceptible to rosacea. 

What are some of the symptoms of rosacea?

Prone to Blushing

Thicker skin in certain areas

Broken capillaries

Acne

Sensitive skin

Pimples in the center area of the face that form quickly

Skin Sensitivity to using your regular products

Dermatitis

Oilier than usual skin

What are some tips for acne rosacea?

*Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol can cause rosacea flare-ups, and especially red wine is known to be one of the worst offenders. 

*Sun is known to be one of the biggest causes of rosacea flare-ups. Wear plenty of mineral sunscreens to protect your skin from the sun. Remember to sit in the shade during peak sun strength hours or wear a hat to shield you from the sun. 

*Try to avoid extremes in temperatures. 

*If you get a facial, let your esthetician know beforehand. 

*Avoid damaging your skin barrier with harsh skincare products.

*Keep a daily journal to track your food intake to help you figure out what triggers your rosacea flare-ups.

*Use a gentle moisturizer on your skin daily. A moisturizer will act as a barrier between your skin and pollutants. 

*When picking out a foundation, look for one that is fragrance-free 

Treatment Options for Acne Rosacea

Depending on the severity of your acne rosacea, several options are available for treatment. 

If your acne rosacea is mild, they may recommend a topical prescription gel that helps your symptoms. The gel will usually help to calm the inflammation in the skin.

Azelaic acid is an ingredient that helps minimize bacteria on the skin. 

Depending on the severity or acne rosacea break out, oral medications like antibiotics may be an option. 

A Red light therapy device used regularly has helped acne rosacea symptoms. There are many at-home-led light therapy options available for use. Using light therapy 3 to 4 times a week for 10-minute intervals can make a difference in your rosacea. Read all the directions on your device before starting your light therapy treatments. 

For more severe cases of acne, rosacea laser treatments are showing promising results. I would not recommend at-home laser devices and advise looking for a licensed professional with many years of experience to determine if you are a good candidate for laser treatments. 

Final thoughts

Rosacea can worsen when it goes untreated, so it’s essential to address if you think you may have the symptoms. Rosacea is unique to your specific skin, and it’s important to know that some typical acne ingredients will not work on rosacea acne and could worsen things. Developing a good skin care plan to address your needs will help curb and minimize your flare-ups.

Have questions? I’m here to help! 

Teresa

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