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Know your Rosacea triggers

Although there is no known cure for rosacea, most people notice the progression of symptoms can be stopped in their tracks by avoiding triggers combined with skin care and treatment. Knowing how triggers may affect your rosacea can improve the quality of life significantly for rosacea patients. It is important to consult your doctor to discuss medical rosacea treatment options, to gain an understanding of your rosacea triggers, and to explore rosacea skin care routines that can help you to lead a full and normal life.

In addition to medical therapy, rosacea patients can improve their chances of maintaining remission by identifying and avoiding lifestyle and environmental factors that may trigger flare-ups or aggravate their individual conditions. Identifying these factors is an individual process, however, because what causes a flare-up for one person may have no effect on another.

Below are lists of common rosacea trigger factors that may affect various individuals (1066 rosacea patients were surveyed). Patients are encouraged to keep a diary of daily activities or events and relate them to any flare-ups they may experience.

Factors (Percent Affected)

  • Sun exposure 81%
  • Emotional stress 79%
  • Hot weather 75%
  • Wind 57%
  • Heavy exercise 56%
  • Alcohol consumption 52%
  • Hot baths 51%
  • Cold weather 46%
  • Spicy foods 45%
  • Humidity 44%
  • Indoor heat 41%
  • Certain skin-care products 41%
  • Heated beverages 36%
  • Certain cosmetics 27%
  • Medications 15%
  • Medical conditions 15%
  • Certain fruits 13%
  • Marinated meats 10%
  • Certain vegetables 9%
  • Dairy products 8%
  • Other factors 24%

 

Redness and Pimples – Rosacea vs. Acne: What is the Difference?

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Everyone in their lifetime will get redness and pimples. Often these are not related to any chronic medical condition; however, sometimes it turns out to be acne or rosacea. They are two of the most common skin disorders. They share in common the presence of pimples and redness. Differentiating the two is important as there are differences in both prognosis and treatment of the two conditions. Fortunately, their differences are numerous and pronounced making differentiation between the two conditions possible.

Patients with acne tend to have oily skin. Comedones (“blackheads and whiteheads”) are common. In more severe cases, patients develop cysts and nodules that may heal leaving scars. Lesions are frequently seen on the chest, back, and upper arms as well as the face. The patients are generally younger than those with rosacea — most commonly adolescents.

Rosacea typically begins after the age of 30 years and peaks between 40 and 50 years of age. Lesions are usually limited to the central face, although lesions of the back, chest, and scalp may rarely be noted. Comedones are absent and scarring is rarely seen. Rosacea is commonly associated with flushing and blushing.

Rosacea Vs. Acne

Redness & Pimples: What’s the Difference?

Compartive features Rosacea Acne
Blushing Yes No
Redness Yes Yes
Vessels Yes No
Pimples Yes Yes
Blackheads/Whiteheads No Yes
Enlarged pores Yes Yes
Rhinophyma Yes No
Blepharitis/conjunctivitis Yes No

TREATMENTS:

However, the two conditions do share a common ground when it comes to treatment. Depending on the severity and extent of symptoms, both may be treated with topical creams, medication, BBL, and lasers.

Topical medications

More effective in treating acne than rosacea. Proper diagnosis is important as medications such as Retinol, while effective for treatment of acne could potentially exacerbate rosacea.

Oral antibiotics

Oral antibiotics are also commonly prescribed to patients with both moderate rosacea and acne. They help to reduce inflammation and pimples.

Miscellaneous medications

Short-term topical cortisone (steroid) preparations of minimal strength may in occasional cases also be used to reduce local inflammation.

Laser and BBL

Many patients are now turning to laser and BBL to treat the continual redness and noticeable blood vessels on the face, neck, and chest. Often considered a safe alternative, laser and BBL therapy visibly improve both acne and rosacea by killing acne-causing bacteria, shrinking pore size, decreasing skin oiliness, and removing the redness-causing excessive capillary vessels.