Monday, November 7, 2016

Rosacea Q & As

I have fairly normal, very fair skin, but at age 38 and with two young children, the skin on my nose, cheeks, and chin gets red and hot. Do you think it is rosacea and if so, do you have any specific recommendations?

Usually hot and red are indications of a possible rosacea condition. My first recommendation is to read up on the subject and educate yourself. After reading enough material, you may find that you have many of the symptoms of rosacea. If so, you really ought to get diagnosed by a dermatologist—to be sure—and then try the different topical medications that may indeed help your red and hot skin. Some people find the topical medicines effective, others do not. Reading and understanding more about your triggers and how to manage this disease (if you indeed have it) is the best first step to helping to control the symptoms.

My face is not permanently red, but it tends to blush easily when I’m in a hot room. Sometimes when I’m with a lot of people my face goes red, and I find this very embarrassing. Can you suggest a good face cream that can cover this? What about creams with fruit acids?

I wonder if this woman has ever been diagnosed with rosacea. She said the redness was not permanent, but is triggered by circumstances—this could very well be the beginnings of rosacea. I realize she wants a solution. I doubt she can cover up that kind of all-encompassing redness that is probably just a temporary response to heat. Plus, using a covering cream would be treating her skin all the time for a response that only happens occasionally.

I would recommend she stay away from anything with fruit acids (AHAs). These ingredients will only serve to aggravate and possibly incite rosacea to appear. Even it she doesn’t have rosacea, she has a propensity for redness. AHAs will only worsen this problem.

Because rosacea can worsen over time, she might go to her dermatologist and, if diagnosed with rosacea, try using the topical medications and see if in the long run it helps her skin. Left untreated, a minor case of rosacea can turn into a chronic and never-ending concern.

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