The bad news is that there is no cure for rosacea, but the good news is that there are treatment options to help manage the symptoms.
So what is rosacea? Rosacea is a condition which involves the abnormal behaviour of the pores, or a combination of the hair follicle, the hair shaft, and the sebaceous gland. Rosacea is mainly found on the face predominantly on the cheeks. Sufferers often have persistent flushing or redness, bumps and pimples or visible blood vessels. In more severe cases there is eye irritation, burning or stinging of the skin or drying and thickening of the skin. While it is mainly found on the face rosacea may also appear on the neck, chest or ears.
Treatment of rosacea starts with identifying what triggers or worsens the individuals rosacea. Triggers may include sun/wind exposure, emotional stress, hot/cold weather, heavy exercise, alcohol consumption or spicy food. Where possible limiting these triggers helps reduce the severity of the persons rosacea.
Topical treatments are not advised as long term use when using antibiotics but can be used as part of a treatment plan. Topical treatments may include metronidazole for acne rosacea, ivermectin for control of dermox mites, retinoids to help remove blemishes, niacinamide and hyaluronic to hydrate and heal.
If you suffer from rosacea make sure you have a treatment plan that works for you. Further information can be found on many websites such as Health Direct and by contacting your GP or skin specialist.
Rosacea affects sufferers in different ways. In severe cases sufferers refuse to leave their home due to the embarrassment. While there is not a quick fix for rosacea there is certainly a treatment plan for everyone that can help manage their rosacea not let it control their life. A treatment plan may be as simple as adding in a supportive at home skin care routine that keeps your rosacea at bay. So make sure you find out what options you have.