The good news is that you can manage rosacea effectively. Redness, swelling and irritation around the cheeks and eyes are the prime characteristics. It basically looks like you’re blushing all the time. But worse still, it may trigger itching and burning discomfort.
Redness can intensify due to triggers inside and outside your body. External triggers include hot, spicy food, alcohol and direct heat. And these flare-ups may lead to thickened skin, visible blood vessels (called telangiectasia) and a permanently flushed face. Some people also may experience ‘adult acne’.
Dry skin is a possible sign of rosacea, but so is oily skin. This rosacea subtype tends to affect middle-aged women and features greasy skin and acne-like bumps. Problem is, people of all skin colours and any age can develop rosacea. That’s why early intervention is best.
To manage rosacea effectively, do follow these tips:
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 or higher every day. If the sunscreen irritates your skin, try a brand that contains only titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or both
Skip the brushes, sponges, washcloths, toners, astringents and fragranced soap
Use green-tinted makeup to hide the redness
Lasermed has a reputation for treating rosacea with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). Many clients see excellent results in clearing their redness. And luckily, this good result can last for years.
Lasermed’s Alta van der Merwe said, “Most people need a series of treatments to see results. And fortunately, in our skilled hands, side effects are minimal. Temporary redness and swelling resolve within hours. Importantly though, a dermatologist should advise whether you’d be a good candidate for this treatment. Not everyone who has rosacea is.”