7 Tips to Feel Your Best With Rosacea

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    Don't Let Rosacea Run Your Life.
    Can you tell what kind of day you're going to have just by looking in the mirror? Rosacea flare-ups can have a big impact on how we feel. But you don't have to sit back and let it happen. Seize control by taking these seven steps to feel your best.

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    1. Lay the Right Foundation on Your Face.
    Before you apply anything else to your skin each day, put on your topical medication. It can reduce the appearance of bumps, pimples, and redness of rosacea. It's even more effective if it's layered under products, such as sunscreen, moisturizer, and makeup—and the better it works, the greater you feel.

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    2. Don't Blush at Using Makeup.
    Some people with rosacea shy away from wearing makeup. But it can improve your skin's appearance and boost your confidence, too. Just choose cosmetics that are fragrance-free and formulated for sensitive skin.

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    3. Be Sun-Savvy.
    To prevent sun-induced rosacea flare-ups, wear sunscreen every day. Check labels first to avoid those with alcohol or fragrances. Instead, opt for sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc, which may be less irritating to the skin. Sunscreens with silicone, which may be listed as dimethicone or cyclomethicone, can also reduce redness and stinging.

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    4. Consider Stronger Meds.
    If your rosacea isn't controlled with topical medications, ask your doctor about oral medications. They can reduce bumps and pimples. Oral medications are often types of antibiotics, like tetracycline or minocycline, whose active ingredients are thought to help reduce rosacea symptoms by lowering inflammation in the body.

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    5. Look into Laser and Light Treatments.
    Visit a dermatologist and ask about laser and light therapies, such as the pulsed dye laser or intense pulsed light. These treatments have been found to significantly reduce redness and flushing in some people by targeting and dissolving the fine red blood vessels under the skin.

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    6. Tame Stray Hairs.
    Removing unwanted facial hair can brighten your face—and mood. Take care to reduce skin irritation while you're at it. Tweeze instead of wax to shape your eyebrows. Gentlemen, opt for an electric razor instead of a blade, and avoid shaving lathers and lotions that can sting or burn.

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    7. Sidestep Your Triggers.
    One of the best ways to feel good is to avoid the things that cause your rosacea to flare. Keep a journal to help you identify your triggers. Although everyone is unique, common triggers include alcohol, spicy foods, emotional stress, hot baths, and skin-care products with irritants such as salicylic acid or witch hazel.

7 Tips to Feel Your Best With Rosacea
  1. Frequently Asked Questions. National Rosacea Society. http://rosacea.org/patients/faq.php#commonlifestyle
  2. Questions and Answers About Rosacea. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Rosacea/default.asp#6
  3. Coping with Rosacea. National Rosacea Society. http://www.rosacea.org/patients/materials/coping/tripwires.php
  4. Sun Protection and Moisturizer. National Rosacea Society. http://www.rosacea.org/patients/skincare/skincare.php
  5. Gentle Skin Care Helps Control Rosacea. American Academy of Dermatology. http://www.skincarephysicians.com/rosaceanet/gentle_skin_care.html
  6. Is Laser Treatment Right for Your Rosacea? American Academy of Dermatology. http://www.skincarephysicians.com/rosaceanet/laser_treatment.html
  7. Advances Changing the Face of Rosacea Treatment. American Academy of Dermatology. http://www.skincarephysicians.com/rosaceanet/treatment_advances.html
  8. Rosacea Patients Can Enjoy Some Spa Treatments. American Academy of Dermatology. http://www.skincarephysicians.com/rosaceanet/update_2.html
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Last Review Date: 2019 Jun 10
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