How do you clear up rosacea?

At Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills, patients who have been diagnosed with rosacea may be disappointed to learn that there is no cure for this inflammatory skin disease. However, patients do have a variety of options when it comes to managing their rosacea and reducing the risk of flareups—which can be troublesome and embarrassing for patients of all ages.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin disease that is often genetic. It can result in the development of redness and bumps on the face that often flareup due to triggers. There are many triggers patients with rosacea have spotted, including:

  • Sunlight exposure
  • Hairsprays
  • Skincare products
  • Spicy foods
  • Extreme temperatures or temperature changes
  • Increased stress
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Cosmetics and skin care products
  • Prescription medications
  • Intense exercise

While rosacea can be embarrassing, it can be controlled by reducing or eliminating triggers. In addition, Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills is pleased to offer other solutions that may be available at our practice. Certain skin care treatments can reduce the appearance of rosacea during flareups. These include:

  • Medications – there have been improvements and developments in rosacea medications in the last few years, and the type of medication prescribed will be determined based on the signs and symptoms patients are experiencing. It may also be changed due to severity. Some patients may try various medications on a trial basis to determine the option or combination of medications that are best for their needs. These medications may include topical creams, oral antibiotics, or oral acne medications such as isotretinoin.
  • Therapies – there are many in-office therapies that may be considered to treat active flareups of rosacea, including light-based or laser therapy.
  • Lifestyle and home remedies – not all cases of active rosacea need to be addressed at the dermatologist’s office. Many patients find that by identifying and avoiding triggers, they can reduce the number of flareups they experience. Wearing sunblock to protect the skin can help as well for those who have sunlight triggers. Many women also use cosmetics to reduce the appearance of redness and help them restore their self-confidence.

Interested in finding a treatment right for you?

If you reside in or around the area of Short Hills, NJ and are ready to speak to a professional about your condition, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with one of our providers. We can get patients a proper diagnosis, speak about treatment options, and help them understand their journey with rosacea. Patients can call (973) 232-6245 today to schedule their appointment at Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills. The practice is located in Suite 2H at 636 Morris Turnpike.

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