Skincare and keeping on top of perfect skin can be hard work, but it sometimes feels like the pressure is just that little bit harder to deal with when you have a hard to treat, visible condition. Whether it’s something that’s built inside of us all naturally or really down to the media as some say, feeling the need to look perfect at all times sure can be a big old burden.
Especially when it comes to the appearance of your skin
Ah, skincare, that thing we all love to hate. While it can be fun and trying out new tricks and treatments can give us all that tiny boost, it can also be a bit of a nightmare. A relaxing facial or full body scrub can be relaxing, rejuvenating, and help us take a step just that bit closer to achieving the skin of our dreams. However, a blemish or flaw that will not go away no matter how hard we try can keep us up at night and dramatically take away from our quality of life.
I don’t know about you, but a flawless complexion is all I can think about. Many people blame popular culture for this pressure. Part of me thinks it has nothing to do with the media and the endless amount of perfect looking faces smiling back at me. I think my desire for perfect skin comes from deep within me. However, watching women on TV with a face that feels unattainable for me sure doesn’t help.
Having a skin condition makes all of this worse.
Sometimes, I really do believe that it’s day to day life that puts the pressure of perfection on all of us. This can feel particularly true when it comes to treating a condition like Rosacea. You might think it seems silly, but for someone living with Rosacea, flawless faces everywhere can be just that little bit daunting.
We want you to know that you’re not alone in feeling this way. To help you feel empowered to find a solution for your problem once and for all put together, we’ve put together a guide to the best Rosacea treatment. Here you’ll learn more about the disease, healing options, and what to expect.
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What is Rosacea?
Professionals say it’s poorly understood, which I guess doesn’t help me execute this with complete confidence, but in short, it is a common skin condition affecting the face.
Flushing and having the skin on your face go red for a short period is a huge part of the condition. Scientists say it’s long-term, which can definitely be daunting to those diagnosed with it – but before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s always good to start by saying it’s treatable, which is why I’m here!
It’s also known as a relapsing condition, meaning it can come and go. Or should I say calm down and then flare up again. Either way, it’s good to know it doesn’t necessarily have to stick around for long.
So many people are affected by this ocular condition and it could even be that 1 in 10 people have it. It’s known to affect those with fairer skin more, but those of Asian and African origins can be affected too. Men and women are both susceptible, but studies have shown that more women tends to become diagnosed than men. It’s also more common in those aged 30-50 than in any other age bracket.
But switching back to the part where I said that it is poorly understood for just a second, it’s not certain what exactly causes it. So, it’s worth considering factors such as stress, excessive exercise, exposure to sunlight and both hot and cold weather, spicy foods, hot drinks and even alcohol as possible triggers for making it worse.
Are There Any Sure Signs or Symptoms For It?
Yes, like any condition, there are. It is known to start with flushing to the face, but there are other symptoms that have been recorded as developing as Rosacea deteriorates. These can include a sort of stringing or burning feeling, spots, permanent redness and even small blood vessels becoming more visible in the skin.
It can be these signs that are more than distressing for sufferers. Even though they can be controlled, these symptoms can have an affect upon self-esteem which takes us back to where we started.
It isn’t always the severity of the condition with Rosacea, but more the pressures that can come along with it.
What Treatment is Available?
It’s worth being extremely clear and emphasizing the fact that there isn’t a known cure for Rosacea, as of yet. But, with that being said, there are some really effective treatments that can be used to control it. Having well-handled symptoms that don’t frequently rear their ugly head is the second-best thing to eliminating the condition altogether.
Just like Rosacea being a long-term condition, the treatment options often are too. The best way to think of treatment, is with a combination of attack methods. There are options that include creams, lasers, natural remedies and even diets. It’s not going to be quick and it’s not going to be a miracle. However, by combining medication with a couple of at home, self-help steps, the symptoms will get better.
A Little Help Goes a Long Way
Sometimes, the home remedies part is the most important element of a long term, sustainable treatment plan. By doing each of these things, the reduction of symptoms is extremely likely, and that’s something pretty special for sufferers.
Some suggestions include:
Determine what your triggers are and give them a rest. It might sound silly, but if you know something sets it off, avoid it. Wear sunscreen if the cause is direct sunlight. Don’t eat spicy foods if they make your symptoms worse. Go easy on the exercise if sweat inflames your face even more. If you notice a difference in your visible and physical symptoms, then surely a little sacrifice is worth it?
Care for it, then cover it. If you know you’re skin is sensitive, use products formulated to go easy on the body. It could make all the difference. And, as we all know, coverage is king. Get your war paint on and cover that Rosacea up. If you think it might boost your mood, give it a go!
Medical treatment should only be used after all other options are exhausted or during extremely bad flares. The best Rosacea treatment, medication wise, has got two options – creams and antibiotics. Creams will always be your first options as antibiotics are more for severe cases.
Medicated creams will definitely be worth trying if over the counter products fail to make enough of a difference. Ask your doctor for products that contain brimonidine tartrate, metronidazole or azelaic acid – as all three are known to work. Be warned that some side effects can happen with these, like irritation and dry skin. But surely a trial run is worth taking on as a good start if it’s going to make everything better in the end.
Antibiotics are great for inflamed Rosacea. They can be given in courses of four to six weeks. Like creams, antibiotics can have some side effects including stomach upsets and loss of appetite. What the antibiotics contain will depend on your need, so a doctor is best at determining the appropriate course of action for your situation.
And At The End…
It’s always great to remember that Rosacea treatment is possible. Any discomfort or embarrassment you feel will go away. That said, it does take some trial and error along with a heavy dose of patience.
It might feel like the inevitable hunt for that perfect, flawless complexion will last forever. At points it will be overwhelming and hard. Just remember, putting in the work to search for what’s perfect for you can often be a blessing in disguise.