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What can help the rosacea I've developed?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Your doctor may suggest several key things you can do to help control your rosacea. First, your physician may refer you to a dermatologist, which is a doctor who specializes in treating skin disorders. Depending on which type of rosacea you have, your doctor can prescribe a number of different treatments that can help reduce skin redness, flushing, visible blood vessels, and other symptoms of rosacea. The forms of medical therapy available for treating rosacea include:
  • topical medications, that is, medications that are applied to the skin
  • oral medications, such as antibiotics, that you swallow
  • electrocautery, which uses low levels of electrical current to eliminate visible blood vessels
  • lasers, which can treat flushing, skin redness, and visible blood vessels
Your doctor may also recommend other treatments for rosacea.

In addition to seeking medical therapy, learning to avoid rosacea triggers can help you to control this condition. A rosacea trigger can be anything that makes your skin symptoms flare up. For some people, drinking alcohol triggers a flare-up. For others, stressful situations cause them to flush. There are many potential rosacea triggers. Your doctor can help pinpoint your triggers; avoiding them can control rosacea symptoms and keep your skin healthy looking.

Finally, proper skin care is essential if you have rosacea. Using the right sunscreen, avoiding harsh cleansers, and scrubbing gently when you wash up are just a few things you can do to manage rosacea symptoms. Again, your physician can help you learn how to care for your skin if you have rosacea.

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