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Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by redness, spider veins; or visible tiny blood vessels, inflammation, and sometimes bumps or pustules of the skin.  It can only be diagnosed by a dermatologist or qualified medical doctor.  You should never try to self-diagnose a skin condition.  If you have been diagnosed with rosacea or acne rosacea, you may find the following information helpful.

Pimples or pustules that often accompany rosacea should never be treated with typical acne medications.  Acne related to rosacea is not due to abnormal problems with sebum or oil-production, so using topical acne medications that are designed to dry up excess oil will only further irritate acne rosacea.  The pimples associated with acne rosacea are related to problems with the blood vessels of the skin and an inflammatory response to certain triggers.

The most  common triggers for causing a rosacea outbreak are things that dilate the blood vessels.  Alcohol, spicy foods, sun exposure, heat exposure (especially saunas, steam rooms, hot water and hot tubs) , exercise and even certain medications or skin care products.  Rosacea can also be triggered by extreme cold,  winter conditions or wind.  If possible, you should avoid or limit your exposure to your known triggers. 

Your doctor might prescribe a topical antibiotic gel or cream to help minimize flare-ups.  A good, basic skin care routine that helps cool, calm and soothe the skin is essential.  Use a gentle cleanser and remove it with tepid or lukewarm water, never hot.   Avoid harsh abrasives and scrubs.  Use a creamy enzyme-based exfoliant to remove dead skin cells once a week.  Try a rosacea serum designed to reduce inflammation and calm redness followed by a soothing moisturizer and or sunscreen. Sun protection is a must!   

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