Tips And Advice On Treating Rosacea


rosacea skin conditionIf you’re new to rosacea, or have been a sufferer for quite a while, you have probably heard a lot of useless tips from people who mean well, but have never tried any of their own suggestions.

So if you’re a little bit tired of all the theory and wives tales about this disease let’s take a look at some things you can do with diet, facial creams, and medical treatments that can go a long ways towards alleviating many of the symptoms that you are experiencing.

How Diet Can Aggravate Or Alleviate Some Of Your Pain.

Both researchers and sufferers have found that a diet that is high in omega three fatty acids tend to reduce outbreaks in both number and severity. While nothing on its own seems to completely clear this disease, by adjusting your diet  you can work towards reducing the amount of time that each outbreak lasts.

The kinds of foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids are English walnuts, hemp seeds, olive oil, oatmeal, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and salmon. By adjusting your diet towards having several of these types of foods per day and cooking with the right kind of oils, you should see a noticeable improvement.  It’s also fairly easy to find capsules at the local health food store containing omega-3 and the recommended dosage is usually 400 mg per day, taken with plenty of water.

spicy foodsOn the other end of the scale, they’re foods that do tend to aggravate this condition and they would be spicy foods such as hot peppers.

Caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea, alcoholic beverages, as well as any beverages served hot can tend to cause a flushing in the blood vessels of the face.

Other exposures to avoid would also include direct sunlight, hot humid weather, extremely  cold weather, wind, hot showers, baths or Jacuzzis, and highly stressful situations as well. Many of these situations would be considered triggers for rosacea, and even after the trigger has subsided it may take several days for the flushing and red face to slowly be reabsorbed by your body.

Can Proactive Help With Rosacea?

Proactive is an acne treatment that has had great success  in treating people with stubborn acne. Although  rosacea acne and acne vulgaris can look similar in many cases, they have different causes and different remedies. Regular acne is usually a bacterial infection of your pores, sometimes blocked pores, that ends up creating pus  pockets just below the surface of the skin.

rosacea acneRosacea acne is caused by blood vessels that have formed pustules below the skin, but they are not necessarily infected.

Proactive Green Tea Moisturizer has been highly recommended in forums in order to help reduce the redness and smooth out the bumps.

With daily use, users are experiencing fewer breakouts, reportedly due to the anti-inflammatory properties contained in the moisturizer. Before trying any moisturizer, it is always good idea to test in small spots to make sure that it does not aggravate your condition instead.

Intense Pulsed Light Treatments Have Been Shown To Be Effective.

Intense Pulsed Light or IPL, is a medical treatment where the doctor uses incredibly bright light flashes, in the visible spectrum, to help close down the fine capillaries that have been engorged with blood in order to cause the flushing and red face involved in this disease.

By using a very small portion of the light spectrum, that is particularly tuned to the blood, the IPL can go through the skin and only affect the dilated blood vessels that are causing the problem, while having no adverse effects on the skin. It basically cooks the over dilated blood vessels, causing them to contract and close, thereby eliminating the redness of the face.

IPL treatmentThe IPL  treatments are very fast and nearly painless, the  patient only needs to wear special protective sunglasses, then gel is applied to the skin to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

There are no anesthetics needed while the bright flashes treat your entire face and leave no visible injury or bruises when it’s done. After just a few short hours, with cooling coldpacks on your skin, you’ll be ready to return to work and finish your day.

While there are some immediate changes to your skin within a few hours, the major skin flushing and redness takes approximately 5 weeks to gradually decrease, but avoids most of the complications involved with laser treatments.

dermatologistA moderate case of rosacea will need approximately 3 separate treatments, spaced five weeks apart, in order to be completely effective at closing all microscopic capillaries involved. Be sure and consult with a board certified dermatologist, or plastic surgeon to find out all the details on this type of treatment.

Depending on the severity of your rosacea there are many different treatments and procedures that you can do in mild to moderate cases.

Many times a change in diet, reduction in triggers, and some quality moisturizing creams can do all that’s needed. Otherwise, it may be best to consult with medical professionals to see if other more serious treatments are called for.


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