What is facial redness, how can I manage and treat rosacea ?
Rosacea is a common skin condition which usually begins with redness of the central facial area, such as cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. This condition is chronic and affects mainly women between 30 and 50 years old. Even though there has been research done on whether genetics, blood conditions, the environment, or germs are factors that cause this condition, the underlying causes of rosacea are still unknown. However, it is known that exercise, spicy food, and certain emotions can trigger a flare-up of the redness on the face.
With the aim of treating rosacea, most doctors will recommend avoiding situations that may trigger the flushing and skin changes, and also offer different ways of treating the skin in order to lessen the effects of this condition. People with rosacea, should stay away from alcohol and spicy foods, and try to avoid stress or strenuous exercise. Generally, rosacea treatments include the use, either alone or in combination, of topical creams and oral pills. Some doctors may even recommend some natural remedies to tone down the redness and alleviate the skin. In some extreme cases, laser therapy is also an option. Here we share with you six different treatments that can be used to deal with rosacea.
Topical creams and gels
Creams that contain azelaic acid reduce redness and swelling on the areas affected by rosacea. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Azelaic acid creams are normally used twice a day, and its effects can usually be seen after one month.
Gels containing metronidazole are also used to treat rosacea topically. Metronidazole is an antibiotic that reduces swelling, and gels that contain it usually contain sunscreen to protect the skin from sun damage. It should be used regularly and at the same times every day in order to see positive change. The effects are often visible after three weeks.
As we have mentioned before, metronidazole is an antibiotic. As such, it is also prescribed as an oral medication and has the same effects as the gel. Your doctor may prescribe metronidazole pills to accompany a topical treatment or on its own.
Tetracycline is another antibiotic that is often prescribed as a treatment for rosacea. It will lessen the puffiness of the skin and eventually reduce the redness. As with the case of the metronidazole pills, your doctor may advise you to take tetracycline in addition to using a topical cream or gel on your skin.
Chamomile essential oil can be diluted and applied directly to the skin. Another option for the use of chamomile is brewing it, letting it sit and cool down, and applying it as a compress.
This plant native to Europe and Asia produces a chemical compound called allantoin. Allantoin is known to improve the symptoms of rosacea. A natural comfrey based lotion, or one which includes allantoin, is also a good natural way to diminish the redness and puffiness produced by rosacea.
All these treatments have been proven to better the condition of the skin in people with rosacea. Before trying any of these options, we recommend seeing your doctor, who will advise you on which of these remedies are suitable for you.
Ovante also has extensive line of skincare products that was specifically developed for rosacea prone skin.