Some of the common symptoms of rosacea include facial redness, flushing, pus filled pustules, acne, thick facial skin and in more severe cases called ocular rosacea , vision problems.
While rosacea is not inherently a serious disease that could lead to death it’s often treated as such by those afflicted by this condition due to the physical damage they suffer to their face due to the redness and swelling. Luckily most people only get mild cases of rosacea that if treated properly with good rosacea skin care techniques will not worsen.
Treatment differs from person to person and mainly depends on the severity of the condition. While a severe case may require treatment with prescription antibiotics, milder cases are generally controlled by maintaining healthy skin and using cosmetics for rosacea . The various treatment avenues for rosacea are discussed below.
Cosmetics: For many people afflicted with rosacea simply wearing make up is a worthwhile solution for their entire life, as most cases are mild to moderate in severity and cosmetics can be enough to hide the condition. Since cosmetics that contain comedogenic (pore-blocking) ingredients, various artificial colors and preservatives are known to cause flare-ups and severe allergic reactions in rosacea patients; they should be avoided at all cost.
Alternately, mineral based, chemical free cosmetics are a powerful tool to manage the symptoms of milder rosacea. Green tinted pre-foundations and moisturizers are extremely popular in this regard as they successfully conceal facial redness and pimples which are caused by this condition. Moreover, many mineral based cosmetics contain micronized zinc oxide which acts as a potent sun block, greatly alleviating the major symptoms of this chronic disorder.
Along with the conventional cosmetics mentioned above, many topical creams like Green tea (Polyphenone) cream; Niacin Amide (vitamin B3) cream and Golden Chamomile (Chrysanthellum Indicum) cream are known to have significant therapeutic value in the treatment of rosacea.
Antibiotics and other medications: Prescription antibiotics like Tetracycline and Metronidazole are regularly used to treat the more severe cases of rosacea. Both oral and topical antibiotics are used with topical antibiotics being the preferred option for long-term usage. While treatment with antibiotics does give instant relief from the symptoms of rosacea; it is generally temporary, leading to long term use of topical antibiotics.
Along with the above mentioned antibiotics, topical Azelic Acid cream is also increasingly used to treat rosacea. Azelic acid is derived from gluten and has potent anti-microbial properties.
Rosacea Diet: It is well known that consumption of certain foods can aggravate the symptoms of this disorder while consuming other food items can help control them. In general, hot and spicy foods or beverages, alcohol, food articles rich in sugar, tomatoes, citrus fruits and related juices are some of the worst triggers for redness and flushing. On the other hand, consuming food articles rich in Vitamins C, E and B help manage the symptoms of rosacea and prevent future flare-ups. Moreover, fruits like cherries, blackberries and blueberries should be consumed regularly as they are vascular constrictors which greatly help in reducing facial redness. Make sure to look at our page on rosacea diet for more information.
Photo-Facial Treatment: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy commonly known as photo-facial treatment represents a new revolutionary method to achieve clearance of rosacea symptoms without any serious side-effects. It is a non-ablative treatment which involves the use of a strong pulsed light emitting machine to treat the skin. It is known to soothe the lower level of the skin (dermis) without damaging the epidermis. Recent studies have shown that regular IPL treatments help achieve complete clearance of facial redness, skin hardening and other vascular symptoms associated with rosacea.
The above mentioned treatment options can be successfully used to manage and suppress the symptoms of rosacea giving patients the opportunity to lead normal social and professional lives.