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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Suggested Regimen to Decrease Redness:
- Cleanse am/pm with Chamomile Cleanser or Lavender Creamy Cleanser
- Calm Acne Rosacea with Green Tea Serum am/pm followed by Oil Free Moisturizer am and Vitamin K Cream pm or:
- Soothe Redness with Redness Relief Serum am/pm followed by Botanical Soothing Cream am and Vitamin K Creme pm
- Protect skin am with Daily Sunscreen SPF30