Though the cause of rosacea is still unknown, knowing how to treat it effectively is far less mysterious than it used to be. With a careful combination of lifestyle changes and medications or treatments, it’s possible to live life with little to no interference from rosacea flare-ups.
Alcohol, refined sugars and flour, processed foods, and artificial sweeteners are known triggers for rosacea and many other chronic conditions. Spicy foods are the most commonly cited food-related to flare-ups, with hot drinks and histamine-triggering foods on the list as well.
2. Skincare Products
Certain ingredients to avoid are glycolic acid, lactic acid, urea, and camphor. Avoid skincare products that are scented or anything claiming to be ‘unscented’, and opt for something explicitly labeled ‘fragrance-free’ instead. Also, avoid anything abrasive like exfoliants and washcloths. Moisturize your skin daily and wear sunscreen year-round. Our dermatologists in Richboro, PA can make recommendations for lotions or serums if you’re interested in a more comprehensive skincare routine.
3. Skincare Habits
It’s not just what you use though, it’s how you use it. It’s recommended to wash your face twice a day, once in the morning to wash away any oil and sweat that accumulated in your sleep and once at night to remove anything that accumulated during the day. Use a non-irritating facial soap and pat dry with a towel.
4. Specialized Therapies
Both laser therapy and light therapy are proven to be effective in treating rosacea. As providers of rosacea treatment in Southampton, PA, we offer phototherapy to help rosacea patients live without fear or shame often felt as a result of flare-ups. Light therapy is a good option for people who are struggling to find success with standard rosacea treatments.
5. Know Your Triggers
Perhaps this goes without saying, but there are so many variables not always taken into account with chronic illness management. This can cause you to experience a flare-up unexpectedly because you didn’t know how something could have affected you. Aside from skincare habits and diet things such as weather, climate, and stress can strongly impact your skin. Keep track of your flare-ups and make note of things like what you ate, your stress levels, the weather, and anything unusual that may have come in contact with your skin.
Better Skin Today
If rosacea is left untreated it can worsen over time, in some cases causing permanent damage to the skin or even eyes. It can also severely diminish one’s quality of life. Don’t hesitate to have your rosacea looked at by the professionals at Pennsylvania Dermatology Specialists. Contact us by phone or email to schedule an appointment today.