It is a neurovascular response alteration of the skin. It sometimes progresses in stages initially there is only transient redness lasting for a few minutes this can go up to 30 to 40 minutes or an hour gradually. If the rosacea is not well managed, this bout of redness increases to last for days and weeks before it becomes permanent. If still not treated well the congestion causes permanent scarring and damage to the skin. It is characterized by dilated blood vessels on the surface of the skin producing redness and flushing. The exact cause that leads to rosacea is not fully understood. There are suggestions that the lymphatic system does not effectively remove the excess tissue fluid from the increased blood flow and there could be a microorganism component involved. Family history and environmental factors are linked to the condition. Sunlight damage to skin tissue may be a cause but is also a common trigger for rosacea.
The best treatment for rosacea is the one that treats the cause. There are many prescription products used for managing rosacea right from topical antibiotics like clindamycin to some oral supplements, which help up in calming the skin. Common prescription items include Metronidazole gel and Doxycycline tablets, Ivermectin and topical antifungal medicines.
As conventional, allopathic medication and methods can get very recurring, we also recommend trying out alkalizing or detox therapies for a more comprehensive approach to management.
For rosacea with acne prone skin
Oral and topical metronidazole gel doxycycline tablets, azelaic acid creams are commonly used to manage rosacea. However all of this should be used under supervision always. H. Pylori is one bacteria which is known to cause or be associated with ulcers in the stomach, for some patients treatment of H. Pylori goes a long way in treating rosacea. On the other hand, treatment of demodex type of skin mites helps greatly for some rosacea patients.
BRIMONIDINE GEL (Erythego gel)
Brimonidine gel is relatively new to India and is an effective medication to treat the redness associated with rosacea. The active substance was traditionally used as an eye preparation for glaucoma. The gel reduces the diameter of the blood vessels to reduce the reddening. It is applied daily and lasts up to 12 hours. Results with treatment seem to be better after a few weeks use.
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Side Effects: blotchiness, irritation, rebound flushing
Doxycycline is an antibiotic tablet commonly prescribed by physicians. A course of antibiotics is usually taken for 3-4 months. The medication should always be taken with food and a glass of water. Medications and supplements can interfere with the tablets so make sure you get the correct advice from a health professional. Sun protection is essential when taking these tablets.
Side effects: acid reflux, stomach upset and sunlight sensitivities.
Products, which are free from fragrances, parabens, surfactants and harsh chemicals, are important for the treatment of rosacea. This does not necessarily mean that natural ingredients or products are better. Some natural ingredients can also have irritant effects.
Cleansing the skin with a gentle cleanser twice daily to remove any excess dirt, chemicals and pollutants are important. Using a hydrating moisturizer once or twice daily to maintain the skin’s natural barrier function is important. Most notably use a broad spectrum with a high UVA protection, high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from UV damage. Not all sunscreens are made the same, so choose carefully.
If you want to try a skincare product without the need to be on prescription, here is a product, which is very effective in treating the redness associated with rosacea. Uriage Roseliane Redness relief complex is a highly recommended product. Individuals in the clinical trials saw results within 2 weeks. Always keep in mind to continue the use of a high protection SPF 50+ sunscreen and only use gentle cleansers.
Exfoliation is best avoided at least until rosacea completely settles down for up to two weeks.
The choice of makeup is an important step in your rosacea management program. Using incorrect makeup can be the cause of your rosacea or even irritate your skin and trigger your rosacea.
Traces of some heavy metals such as Nickel, Cadmium, and Copper can be irritating to the skin. Make sure that your mineral makeup conforms to these testing. Some makeup products can be compounded with specific calming agents, which help in managing the underlying rosacea better.