Rosacea

Acne Rosacea and Rosacea are two similar disorders that are sometimes confused when the term “acne rosacea” is used. It is important to note the distinction between the two. Recent understanding of their different causes have led to a better understanding of appropriate therapy, especially where antibiotics are concerned.

Acne can involve by many factors including, hormones, oil glands, and bacteria that can be treated with antibiotics.

Rosacea seems to be related to a dysfunction of the immune system and may be best treated with anti-inflammatory medications.

While acne is most often seen in teens, rosacea is most often seen in adults. clients with acne also have blackheads, bumps and pimples on the trunk and arms. Rosacea occurs primarily in the central portion of the face. Most clients with rosacea have experience redness, flushing and blushing, and bumps and pimples. Some may even develop a bulbous nose.

Rosacea is treated by our practitioners for clients from Lynnfield, Wakefield, Peabody, Reading and Andover, MA.

How is Rosacea treated?

  • If rosacea is fairly severe, your physician may prescribe medications to help control the inflammation. All of these drugs have certain things in common:
    • 1.)They must be taken with great regularity to be of maximum benefit.
    • 2.)Though quite safe and relatively free of side effects, any disturbing symptoms which arise during their use should be reported to your doctor.

Other important considerations with Rosacea:

  • Use the prescribed cleanser to wash your face. Wash very gently with your fingertips once or twice daily. Avoid harsh scrubbing.
  • All oil-containing skin care preparations, especially moisturizing lotions and cleansing creams, may aggravate Rosacea. Products containing grease or oil should not be used as part of your routine of daily skin care. Such products may be used occasionally during the dry, cold, winter months to relieve chapping. A list of preferred cosmetics can be provided to you upon request.
  • There are certain types of cortisone creams which must never be used on the face in anyone being treated for Rosacea . Do not use this type of medication unless it is one specifically recommend for you.
  • The National Rosacea Society surveyed its 158,000 newsletter subscribers. Rosacea sufferers who responded to that survey ranked the factors which aggravate their disease in order of importance:- Strong direct sunlight.
    – Emotional stress or anxiety.
    – Hot weather, especially hot, humid weather.
    – Highly seasoned, spicy foods.
    – Exercise and exertion.
    – Cold weather, especially exposure of the face to cold wind.
    – Hot baths.
    – Hot beverages in large quantities and abundant use of very hot foods such as soups, hot pizza, etc.
    – Alcoholic beverages in more than minimal quantities.
    – The following foods were listed: eggplant, spinach, avocados, bean pods, chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, vinegar, citrus fruits, bananas, red plums, tomatoes, raisins and figs. Yeast extracts sometimes caused trouble, though bread was not reported.

For additional information and to be placed on a mailing list, you may write:

The National Rosacea Society
220 South Cook Street, Suite 201
Barrington, Illinois 60010

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