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So you've got Rosacea... what now?

Updated: Mar 25, 2023

You are not alone.

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects 1 in 10 people in the UK and an estimated 14million people in the States. It is characterised by redness, swelling, and sometimes acne-like pimples on the face, especially the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. While there is no known cure for rosacea, there are many ways to manage its symptoms and reduce its impact on your daily life.


Tried and tested ways to improve your rosacea

  1. Identify your triggers One of the most important steps in managing rosacea is identifying your triggers. These are the factors that can worsen your symptoms, such as certain foods, alcohol, stress, sun exposure, and hot temperatures. Once you identify your triggers, you can avoid them or take steps to minimize their impact on your skin.

  2. Keep your skin clean Another important aspect of managing rosacea is keeping your skin clean. This means washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water, and avoiding harsh scrubs or exfoliants that can irritate your skin. You may also want to use a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and prevent dryness.

  3. Use sunscreen Sun exposure is a common trigger for rosacea, so it's important to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply it every day, even on cloudy days. You may also want to wear a hat and sunglasses to provide additional protection.

  4. Be gentle with your skin When you have rosacea, it's important to be gentle with your skin. Avoid rubbing, scrubbing, or picking at your skin, as this can make your symptoms worse. Instead, use gentle products and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

  5. Treat your symptoms There are many treatments available to help manage the symptoms of rosacea, including topical creams, oral medications, and laser therapy. Your doctor can help you determine which treatment is best for you based on your specific symptoms and medical history.

  6. Manage stress Stress is a common trigger for rosacea, so it's important to manage your stress levels. This may involve practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. It may also involve making lifestyle changes such as getting regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and avoiding stressful situations when possible.

  7. Seek support Living with rosacea can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. It's important to seek support from friends, family, or a support group of people who understand what you're going through. You may also want to consider talking to a mental health professional if your symptoms are causing you significant distress.

In conclusion, managing rosacea requires a multifaceted approach that involves identifying triggers, keeping your skin clean and protected, being gentle with your skin, treating your symptoms, managing stress, and seeking support. With the right strategies rosacea can be kept at bay and have a minimal impact on your life.

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