Skincare and keeping on top of perfect skin can be hard work, but it sometimes feels like the pressure is just that little bit harder to deal with. Whether it’s something that’s built inside of us all naturally or really down to the media as some say, feeling the need to look perfect at all times sure can be a big old burden.
Especially when it comes to skincare.
Ah skincare, that thing we all love to hate. Whilst it can be fun and trying out new tricks and treatments can give us all that tiny boost (and help us take a step just that bit closer to achieving the skin of our dreams), it can also be a bit of a nightmare.
I don’t know about you, but a flawless complexion is all I can think about. Part of me thinks it has nothing to do with the media and the endless amount of perfect looking faces smiling back at me, but it sure doesn’t help.
Sometimes, I really do think it’s day to day life that ups the pressure ante and this can be particularly true when it comes to Rosacea. You might think it seems silly, but for a condition like Rosacea, flawless faces everywhere can be just that little bit daunting.
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What is Rosacea?
Professionals say it’s poorly understood, which I guess doesn’t help me execute this with complete confidence, but in short, it is a common skin condition affecting the face.
Flushing and having the skin on your face go red for a short period is a huge part of the condition. Scientists say it’s long-term, which can definitely be daunting to those diagnosed with it – but before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s always good to start by saying it’s treatable, which is why I’m here!
It’s also known as a relapsing condition, meaning it can come and go. Or should I say calm down and then flare up again. Either way, it’s good to know it doesn’t necessarily have to stick around for long.
So many people are affected by this ocular condition and it could even be that 1 in 10 people have it. It’s known to affect those with fairer skin more, but those of Asian and African origins can be affected too. Men and women are both susceptible, but studies have shown that more women tends to become diagnosed than men. It’s also more common in those aged 30-50 than in any other age bracket.
But switching back to the part where I said that it is poorly understood for just a second, it’s not certain what exactly causes it. So, it’s worth considering factors such as stress, excessive exercise, exposure to sunlight and both hot and cold weather, spicy foods, hot drinks and even alcohol as possible triggers for making it worse.
Are There Any Sure Signs or Symptoms For It?
Yes, like any condition, there are. It is known to start with flushing to the face, but there are other symptoms that have been recorded as developing as Rosacea deteriorates. These can include a sort of stringing or burning feeling, spots, permanent redness and even small blood vessels becoming more visible in the skin.
It can be these signs that are more than distressing for sufferers. Even though they can be controlled, these symptoms can have an affect upon self-esteem which takes us back to where we started.
It isn’t always the severity of the condition with Rosacea, but more the pressures that can come along with it.
What Treatment is Available?
It’s worth starting out by saying that there isn’t a known cure for Rosacea as of yet, but with that being said, there are some really effective treatments that can be used to control it.
Just like Rosacea being a long-term condition, the treatment options often are too. The best way to think of treatment, is with a combination. There are options that include creams, lasers, natural remedies and even diets. It’s not going to be quick and it’s not going to be a miracle, but by combining medication with a couple of self-helping steps, the symptoms will get better.
A Little Help Goes a Long Way
Sometimes, the home remedies part is the most important. By doing each of these things, the reduction of is inevitable and that’s something pretty special for sufferers.
Whatever your trigger, give it a rest. It might sound silly, but if you know something sets it off, avoid it. Wear sunscreen is direct sunlight. Don’t eat spicy foods. Go easy on the exercise. If you notice a difference, surely it’s worth it?
Care for it, then cover it. If you know you’re skin is sensitive, use sensitive products. It could make all the difference. And, as we all know, coverage is king. Get your war paint on and cover that Rosacea up – if it boosts your mood, give it a go!
Medication wise, you’ve got two options – creams and antibiotics. Creams will always be your first options as antibiotics are more for severe cases.
Creams will definitely be worth trying when they contain brimonidine tartrate, metronidazole or azelaic acid – both known to work. Be warned that some side effects can happen with these, like irritation and dry skin, but surely a trial is a good start if it’s going to make everything better.
Antibiotics are great for inflamed Rosacea. They can be given in courses of four to six weeks and, like creams, can have some side effects including stomach upsets and loss of appetite. What the antibiotics contain will depend on your need, so a doctor is best at giving you the detail.
And At The End…
It’s always great to remember that it is treatable and any discomfort or embarrassment you feel will go away. The hunt for that perfect flawless complexion might be inevitable, but searching for what’s perfect for you can be a blessing in disguise.