Rosacea:What Dermatologists Recommend
There is currently no cure for rosacea. Research shows that following a treatment plan proves most effective. For treating rosacea, dermatologists recommend following the treatment prescribed by your dermatologist and keeping follow-up appointments with your dermatologist. Seeing your dermatologist as recommended will allow the doctor to customize your treatment plan for best results. Sometimes a patient needs another medication added to the treatment plan, a dose modified, or a change in the skin care routine to get the desired results.
Use appropriate skin care products
Skin affected by rosacea is extremely sensitive. Trying to find rosacea-friendly products can be frustrating, time-consuming, and expensive. Your dermatologist is your best source of information for product recommendations. A dermatologist can recommend a gentle cleanser, rosacea-friendly moisturizer, appropriate sunscreen, and other skin care products.
Avoid these triggers as much as possible. Common rosacea triggers include unprotected sun exposure, stress, drinking alcoholic beverages, and eating spicy foods. If you are not sure what causes your rosacea to flare, keeping a flare-up diary can help you identify your triggers.
Adding an Herbal Remedy
A few dermatologists are reporting that when they add a carefully chosen herb to some patients’ treatment plans, the results are better than with medication alone. While this news is promising, dermatologists caution that more research is needed. It is still not clear why a few patients may benefit and others see their rosacea worsen. The long-term effects of these herbal remedies are not known. Proper doses have not been determined. The concentration of herbs can vary from product to product and even from batch to batch.
Before adding an herbal remedy or other “all natural” product, be sure to talk with your dermatologist. As mentioned above, some “all natural” remedies, including several herbs, can make rosacea worse. Other products cause unwanted side effects. And, if your dermatologist asks you about what skin care products, supplements, and other therapies you are using, be sure to mention everything. Knowing all of this will help your dermatologist create the most effective treatment plan for you.