There are certain skin conditions or issues where it’s just as important to avoid certain treatments or activities as it is to adhere to them, and a good example here is management of rosacea. While there are some relatively straightforward ways to manage and contain rosacea issues on the face, there are also a number of behaviors or treatments that need to be avoided to ensure you’re treating the condition properly.
At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re happy to help. We offer a variety of rosacea management services, from high-end rosacea skin care products to recommendations on prescription medications or even laser therapy treatments if necessary. What exactly is rosacea, and what are some of the top avoidance areas if you’re dealing with it, from products and treatments to daily activities? Here’s a basic primer.
Rosacea Basics and Signs
Rosacea is a common, well-known skin condition that creates redness and visible blood vessels on the face. It will also often create small, red bumps that are full of pus, often due to broken facial capillaries.
Rosacea has a few common signs, including facial redness (often in the central part of the face), swollen red bumps, an enlarged nose, and even issues with dry, irritated or swollen eyes or eyelids. Rosacea symptoms will often flare up for a few weeks or months at a time, then will recede and won’t be noticeable for some period of time.
While there is not yet a designated cure for rosacea, there are several forms of treatment that will help control it – but also several areas you should avoid if you’re dealing with it, which we’ll go over in our next several sections.
While exfoliation is a positive treatment method for some skin conditions, or even for general skin care in many cases, using physical exfoliators for rosacea symptoms is not a good idea. This is because the skin of someone suffering from rosacea will be extremely sensitive, and these exfoliators create irritations that don’t work well.
Specifically, these exfoliators cause tears in the dermis, or upper skin layer. In fact, not only do they tend to show minimal results in treating rosacea, there are some cases where they may even exacerbate your symptoms due to the irritation they create in the area.
There are numerous different ingredients that may go into a given skin care product, but many of the more potent or aggressive varieties should not be used by people with sensitive skin due to rosacea. Specifically, if your skin care product contains significant amounts of alcohol, menthol, eucalyptus oil, camphor, peppermint, glycolic acid even with hazel, these should not be used for rosacea care – they won’t help, and they may even make things worse.
On the flip side, rosacea care generally involves using soothing, calming skin care ingredients first and foremost. Products that contain elements like oatmeal or chamomile, for instance, may sometimes be used due to the soothing properties of these nutrients.
The most important general tip here: Lean on the advice of professionals like Genesis Lifestyle Medical whenever you can. He’s seen every variety of rosacea out there, and will be happy to help you identify the ideal skin care product that will help treat your condition without irritating your skin.
Treatments that Utilize Too Much Heat
While there are certain laser treatments that are viable options for rosacea treatment, there are others that absolutely are not. Those that create significant amounts of heat, for instance, such as Pico Laser or Fraxel laser services, can have a major negative impact on rosacea if they are not performed using the proper settings.
Again, this is an area where recommendations from professionals goes a long way. For instance, Genesis Lifestyle Medical will often recommend the IPL (Intense Pulse Light) laser therapy for those with rosacea – this is a format that creates only controlled amounts of heat, and has shown great results reducing redness, flushing and broken capillaries. Experts like Genesis Lifestyle Medical are familiar enough with these and similar conditions that they can easily recommend the proper laser treatment if your rosacea issues are significant enough.
Extreme Temperatures and Sun Exposure
Speaking of heat, one important behavioral avoidance area to maintain while treating rosacea is prolonged exposure to the sun or extremely hot temperatures. Ultraviolet rays are among the triggers that can irritate rosacea – if you must spend time in the sun while treating it, you should wear high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen at all times. In addition, you might consider a mineral sunscreen made with zinc oxide, which offers soothing qualities.
In addition, however, avoid heat on the face in other settings. Don’t turn your bath or shower temperature up too high, for instance, and use warm water rather than hot water to wash your face.
Finally, like many other skin conditions, there are dietary areas that may exacerbate rosacea symptoms – and should be avoided wherever possible. You should avoid caffeine in large quantities, for instance, as it may promote skin irritation or flare-ups. Red wine and various types of spicy foods should also generally be avoided if possible.
For more on the important avoidance areas for rosacea patients, from skin care products and treatments to daily activities, or to learn about any of our Botox, laser treatments or other skin services, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.