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My Skin Is Red & Bumpy – Do I Have Rosacea?

Having been in skin for years, I find that Rosacea is one of the most frustrating skin disorders to treat. Common symptoms may sneak up on you; frequent flushing of the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin, eventually turning to persistent redness, bumps and pimples. Over time more serious signs appear, such as visible blood vessels or broken capillaries and thickening of the skin.

Here’s how to recognize if your symptoms are actually Rosacea:

  • Does the redness primarily affect one or more of these areas: nose, upper cheeks, center of the chin, and forehead?
  • Does the breakout clear then reappear in the exact same areas?
  • Does the breakout occur soon after skin aggravation?
  • Are there visible broken capillaries or blood vessels in the areas of redness?
  • Does excessive heat or sun exposure, eating spicy food, drinking alcohol or active skin care products cause flushing to intensify?

If you answered yes to 3 or more of these questions, chances are you suffer with Rosacea.

Solutions:

  • Lifestyle considerations: avoid triggers such as excessive sun, heat, spicy food and alcohol. Triggers are different for everyone, so keep track of what seems to provoke the condition for you and try to eliminate or avoid it.
  • Oral medications or vitamins: physician may prescribe an anti-inflammatory antibiotic such as Tetracycline or Minocycline. Natural alternatives such as Zinc, Folic Acid and Co Enzyme Q10 are all believed to reduce redness and promote healing. NOTE: Always consult a physician or nutritional expert before starting any oral medication or supplement.
  • Topical skin care products: commonly prescribed products such as Metrocream®, Rozex® and Noritate® are medications that contain high concentrations of sulfacetamide, sulfur and/or azelaic acid. I’ve found that more natural based skin care alternatives can be just as effective for some people. For instance, Credentials Rosacalm reduces redness, and calms and soothes the skin. It contains Willowherb and Beta-Glucan, both of which are powerful anti-inflammatory and wound-healing agents.

Unfortunately there is no known cure for Rosacea but the symptoms can be managed. I recommend that my clients look for skin care products that are specifically formulated to reduce redness. I also advise that they pay close attention to lifestyle factors that may trigger the condition, and you’ll be better prepared to deal with the complications or recurrences.

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