I was just diagnosed with this. Can someone tell me a little about this. I'm told there is no cure.
No, there really isn't a "cure", but there are ways to keep it under control.
For me, it means that when I flush or blush, the redness stays around for a long time, and that leads to itchness, swelling, bumps, with some pimples thrown in - in my case. I was diagnosed four years ago. I've been on minocyclin a couple of times to get rid of flares, but I haven't taken it now in two years as it was making me sick to my stomach all the time. I use noritate cream at night, and I also have learned not to eat cheese of any kind (again in my case, but my grandma has had rosacea and cheese doesn't seem to make her flare), wheat and gluten have an effect on my case. So, as long as I watch what I eat, I can keep it mostly under control. When I exercise I regularly rinse my face with cold water so it stops the redness from exertion. Because I am not taking antibiotics for my face, I regularly take pro-biotics. I wear a hat outside because facial sunburn doesn't help either.
There are some good websites out there that can tell you exactly what it is.
I've had Rosacea for about 20 years, but only knew what it was for the past few years. I've found a number of things have helped:
Using only very bland pharmacy bought cleansers and moisterisers, no fancy perfumed ones with irritating ingredients.
Be gentle to my skin and not use too much heat or friction.
Don't do strenuous exercise in the heat.
Once a year I have laser treatment, which targets the over active blood vessels and broken capiliaries. This has really helped and made flare ups less awful!
Thanks for the info, this is all very interesting. Sounds like i may be making some major lifestyle changes. I am a avid bicycle rider and gardner. The redness and blushing are very annoying. People just assume i'm sunburnt all the time with my lifestyle. Thanks agian for the info.
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