Got Rosacea? Here Are Some Tricks to Help

Got Rosacea? Here Are Some Tricks to Help

Rosacea, a skin disease that can cause rashes and redness, is a common diagnosis. More than 14 million people in the United States have it. Being common does not make it comfortable, though! 

At AdvancedMD Aesthetics of AtlantaDr. Maki Rheaume and her staff of highly trained professionals have helped many people who have rosacea take care of their skin. We know that rosacea flares can disrupt your life and leave you feeling frustrated. In this post we offer some tried-and-true tips for living with rosacea. 

What is rosacea? 

Rosacea is a skin disease that usually causes redness or a rash on your nose and cheeks and can also cause eye problems. It’s an inflammatory condition, and most people have symptoms that come and go. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes rosacea, but some people are more likely to have it than others: 

There is some debate about whether people with fair skin are at greater risk or if the condition is simply more noticeable on fair skin. 

Scientists have some theories about possible causes of rosacea. It may be an immune system problem, it may have to do with a certain bacteria (H. pylori), a problem with a protein called cathelicidin could cause it, or it may have to do with a mite called demodex that lives on everyone’s skin. 

Managing rosacea

There’s no cure for rosacea, but some treatments can be helpful. One thing that many people don’t take into account is the psychological impact of having a chronic condition. Understanding how to best control it can help you to feel better about it, and may also limit your flares. 

Identify your triggers

Many people with rosacea have specific triggers that bring about flares. A common trigger is too much sun exposure. Stress, alcohol, strenuous exercise, and some foods are other common triggers. 

If you don’t know what your triggers are, you may find it useful to keep a journal detailing what you eat, your activities, and how you feel for a month or two. Sometimes such a journal can help you see a pattern in the things you do and your skin’s reaction. 

Talk to Dr. Rheaume

Seeking the advice of a highly qualified professional who understands the special skin-care needs a person with rosacea has is the best way to learn how to manage your rosacea. There are different types of rosacea, and your skin is unique to you. Those two factors mean that you may need a different treatment plan than someone else with rosacea. 

Dr. Rheaume can both recommend products to soothe your skin and provide guidance on what you should avoid. 

Develop a skin-care plan

Since people with rosacea tend to have periods of time without symptoms, it’s easy to ignore the problem. However, those periods of remission without symptoms are inevitably followed by flares, when symptoms are present and worsening. 

Sticking with a plan may extend your periods of remission and help shorten flares. We can help you develop a plan that works for you! 

If you’d like to learn more about rosacea and how we may be able to help, call or message AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, today to schedule your appointment. 

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