A ruddy complexion, especially if accompanied by rough skin and acne-like bumps, signal you may have rosacea. This common skin condition typically appears on your cheeks and spread to your chin and forehead. While rosacea affects more than 16 million Americans, most of them are women who have fair skin and are between 30 and 60 years old.
There’s no cure for rosacea, but there are some ways to manage your symptoms and prevent or reduce flare-ups. At Premier Primary Care in Union City, Tennessee, Dr. James Batey helps his patients overcome the embarrassing breakouts and constant redness with the following tips and treatments.
Tips for dealing with rosacea
If you live with rosacea, you know that some days are worse than others. Knowing what prompts your flare-ups can help you avoid them.
Some common rosacea triggers
- Alcoholic beverages
- Spicy foods
- Hot foods and drinks
- Sun exposure
- Products (hairspray, makeup, and perfume)
Keep a diary of your rosacea flare-ups and what you were doing, eating, and drinking just before they occurred. If you find that your favorite food or beverage is responsible for your outbreak, it doesn’t mean you have to give it up completely, but you’ll be prepared and know how to avoid it if you need to.
Protect your rosacea-ridden skin
Sunscreen is essential for everyone — rosacea or not. But if you suffer from this particular skin condition, sun exposure exacerbates your symptoms. It’s best to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, stay in the shade when possible, and get in the habit of wearing a wide-brimmed hat that shades your face.
What can I do about the red veins caused by rosacea?
Even if you mind your triggers and shield your face from heat, cold, and wind, you may still be sporting a network of red, swollen capillaries that show through your skin’s surface. This is what gives your face that ruddy complexion, whether you’re experiencing a flare-up or not. You can try covering it up with makeup, but our Icon laser skin rejuvenation treatment is a better solution.
This FDA-cleared, non-invasive, painless treatment doesn’t just mask your redness; it eliminates the source of your complexion problem.
The Icon laser emits pulses of light from a handheld device that we guide over the surface of your affected skin. The light penetrates your skin, targets the capillaries and blood vessels that are causing your redness, and gently heats them and destroys them.
The best part is that the Icon laser doesn’t harm any of your surrounding tissues and is quick and painless. Most of our patients say the treatment feels like a little snap from a small rubber band.
Over the next few weeks and months, those tiny veins degrade and are flushed away and out of your system, and you’re left with a more even skin tone and smoother skin.
When you combine our Icon laser treatment with a common sense rosacea skincare routine, you can diminish your symptoms and live life with clearer, more radiant skin. Call us today or book an appointment online to determine if you’re a candidate for an Icon laser rosacea treatment.