FACETIME - the personal side
• Protect yourself from the sun. Even though summer is gone, the sun can still damage your skin. Protection from the sun can't be over-stated. Try regularly to use a sunscreen with a blocker. Commonly used blockers include zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Blockers with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are recommended because their action is to disperse light; skin does not overheat. With some other sun blockers light is absorbed and the result is that heat accumulates and affects skin redness. This is especially important for skin that is already compromised by rosacea or acne conditions.
• Certain medicines and topical ointments can irritate the skin and promote rosacea. If redness persists after a treatment, consult your health care provider. There are reports indicating that some acne and wrinkle treatments possibly induce redness and consequently lead to rosacea-like conditions. These may include microderm-abrasion, chemical peels, and high dosages of isotretinoin, benzoyl peroxide and Retin-A.
• Some steroids applied topically or via the nasal cavity as a spray can cause a form of rosacea called "steroid induced rosacea." Doctors may prescribe steroids for "seborrheic dermatitis." However, steroids should be slowly decreased and not stopped suddenly or they can trigger a flare up. Always work with your healthcare provider.
• Triggers? What are they? You've probably read about them elsewhere and you can find lists in books and at websites. Triggers are events, activities, foods or compounds that can cause rosacea symptoms. You know better than anyone else what triggers your rosacea flare-ups and triggers can vary from one person to the next. Except for the sun, there seems no one trigger that is otherwise universal. If you have just become aware of your own rosacea and you don't know the triggers for your skin, try keeping a record. Be aware of what you do and how it affects your skin. You may notice a food or beverage that seems to cause a flare-up. Compare your list to various lists that have been compiled or experiences of other sufferers.
• Friction - Just leaning on or rubbing the skin causes irritation. Pressure from a bike helmet, a backpack, or even a tight collar can cause irritation
• Environmental irritants, such as pollution and high humidity
• Squeezing or picking at blemishes -Try not to do this, it just makes it worse. After all, your hands are not always clean
• Hard scrubbing of the skin