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The other world that is the genesis for rosacea is the internal world of cells and organs. As the body ages acid builds up in the bones, organs, and even in the brain. That extra acid circulates through the bloodstream. There is a large blood supply in the face and brain and when the messages from the brain signal a disturbance related to a certain type of food, or drink, the blood supply rushes to small blood vessels in the face and create that red look that tells you that your body is in the overload mode.
Food and alcohol are not the only villains when it comes to a rosacea attack. Poor skin products and excessive sun exposure can trigger an attack. Poor medical treatments can prolong an attack, which means trying one medication after another to relive this adult acne can enhance it.
Some people with rosacea develop small, red, bumps called papules as well pus-filled pimples, which are called acne pustules. Even though rosacea is commonly called adult acne the condition is distinctively different, and requires different treatments. Some acne treatments have no affect, and rosacea rarely goes away on it own.
There are over-the-counter medications that can help control rosacea, especially if they have anti-inflammatory ingredients in the formula. The feverfew in Aveeno’s Ultra Calming Cream or the licorice found in Eucerin’s redness relief products can help relieve symptoms. The caffeine in Rosiac from La Roche Posay can help restrict blood vessels on the face, which decreases inflammation and reduces redness.
The natural way to help reduce the redness is to find products that contain emu oils and herbs, but it’s always best to consult a professional before using lotions or cream, because each individual reacts differently to natural ingredients. Topical prescription medications seem to work the best for some people.
There is an antibiotic called Metronidazole. That cream or gel can be used twice a day depending on the strength. Other antibiotics like sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur creams can be combined with sunscreens to block out UV rays, which can trigger a rosacea outbreak.
Azelaic acid is another antibiotic that comes in a gel or cream. It has antibacterial properties as well as anti-acne properties so it helps some people, but others can’t tolerate it because it has a tendency to sting when it’s applied.
The most common oral medications that help clear up a rosacea flair-up are doxycycline, minocycline, erythromycin, and azithromycin. Anti-inflammatory medications like pimecrolimus and tacrolimus can help reduce inflammation without making the rosacea worse. Laser treatments that destroy dilated blood vessels are also available, but the best way to prevent rosacea is to avoid the things that trigger an outbreak.
Sun exposure, alcohol, spicy foods, and high acid foods can all trigger an attack, and so can steam rooms, hot showers and excessive perspiration.