Check out these redness-relieving solutions that dermatologists in Dubai recommend for rosacea-prone skin
27 October 2020| Last updated on 28 October 2020
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Do you blush or flush easily? When you look in the mirror, do you see redness in the center of your face? Do you also see acne-like breakouts even though your teen ended decades ago? Where you have redness, do you see any tiny veins?
If most of your answers are "yes", then you might have rosacea.
Common signs and symptoms of rosacea include:
- Redness across nose and cheeks, which can spread to chin, forehead, or ears
- Acne-like breakouts
- Oily skin
- Skin feels sore and easily irritated
- Thin, reddish-purple veins
For some people, rosacea becomes more noticeable with time. The redness can become permanent. The skin may always feel hot and tender. Your skin can become so sensitive that getting water on your face causes burning and stinging.
Who gets rosacea?
If you have rosacea, you're not alone as it is a common skin condition. Just in the United States, millions have it.
People of all races and ages get rosacea, but you have a greater likelihood of developing it if you are:
- Between 30 and 50 years of age
- Fair-skinned and have blonde hair and blue eyes
- Are of Celtic or Scandinavian ancestry
- A woman going through menopause
Recent research suggests that it tends to run in families. If you have blood relatives with rosacea or severe acne, you have a greater risk of getting rosacea.
Having had a severe acne condition in the past also increases your risk of getting rosacea.
Which treatments are available for rosacea?
If you have permanent redness on your face along with acne or small veins, you may want to see a dermatologist in Dubai. A dermatologist can tell you whether you have this problem and can offer a treatment plan.
Treatment can help ease the discomfort caused by rosacea. It can help control the redness, acne-like breakouts, and diminish the veins. Even the thickening of the skin can be treated.
Many people who treat their rosacea say that treatment improves their quality of life. Not only does it help prevent rosacea from getting worse, but it helps patients feel less self-conscious.
Research shows that the most effective results come from combining treatments and tailoring treatment to a patient’s signs and symptoms.
Dr. Kamil Al Rustom Skin and Laser Centre created a treatment plan that includes more than one treatment: a combination of topical cream and BBL laser.
What can BBL lasers do?
Exposure of affected skin to BBL lasers can eliminate visible blood vessels and stimulate the body to produce more collagen and new, fresh skin. Most rosacea patients note that after a course of BBL laser treatments, their persistently red facial skin is no longer red and their blood vessels are no longer visible.
These treatments are performed in the comfort of the centre. A hand-held device is used to deliver the intense broadband light energy to the facial skin. The eyes are protected during the treatment.
The full extent of each treatment will not be apparent until weeks after each session, and the appearance of the skin will continue to improve over time and after repeated treatments. Patients can immediately return to their regular activities after each treatment with little downtime required.
After each treatment, the face may be slightly sore, red, and swollen for about 24 hours, but ice packs can improve these symptoms. A few days after the treatment, areas with dark spots will get darker and then the dark spots will disappear.
The application of sunscreen and using protective clothing like hats to prevent exposure of the face to sunlight is highly recommended, not just as a post-treatment measure but as a measure to avoid triggering flare-ups and avoiding sun damage to the skin in general.
How to avoid rosacea flare-ups
To get the best result from your treatment, dermatologists recommend that you learn what triggers your rosacea.
Finding out what triggers your rosacea takes a bit of detective work, but it is not hard. At the end of each day, jot down your exposure to common rosacea triggers. If your rosacea flares up, be sure to note that, too.
Once you know what triggers the condition, it is for the best to avoid the causes if you can.
People have different triggers. Here are tips to help you avoid some common rosacea triggers:
1. SUN EXPOSURE
You can protect your skin from the sun by seeking shade when possible, limiting exposure to sunlight, and wearing sun-protective clothing. Every day, be sure to apply a nonirritating broad-spectrum (offers protection from UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher to your face. If you are outside, be sure to reapply the sunscreen that does not irritate your rosacea.
2. FOOD AND DRINKS
Avoid anything that causes your rosacea to flare up. Common triggers include spicy foods, hot temperature drinks, caffeine, and alcoholic beverages.
3. HOT AND COLD TEMPERATURES
You can reduce your exposure by not overheating. Exercising in a cool environment can help. You can protect your face from cold and wind with a scarf or ski mask that does not irritate your skin.
4. SKIN CARE
Avoid rubbing scrubbing, or massaging your face. Keep your skin care routine simple. Fewer products are better. Avoid cosmetics and skin care products that contain alcohol.
5. HAIR SPRAYS
If you use hair spray, shield your face so that the spray does not land on your face.
Once you know what triggers your rosacea, you can select the tips that will help.
Many patients say the treatment is worthwhile because it may improve their quality of life. Talking with a dermatologist can help you make an informed decision about your treatment of choice.