Acne Rosacea Treatment

Bill Clinton - yes, I took this photo
Even Bill Clinton has rosacea. Image by Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton via Flickr

Many people who suffer from acne rosacea have the false belief that if they just do what their dermatologist tells them, they could get rid off their skin problems.

Having talked to many people who received an acne rosacea treatment from dermatologists, I can say that that is not always the case. Yes, there is a good percentage of people who can be helped by the more common methods, but they are also quite a lot of people for whom it just doesn’t seem to work. And doctors and dermatologists both agree that they don’t know how to cure rosacea – only how to treat it.

In this article I will talk about both the common approach and effective alternatives.

First of all it’s important that you realize that there are millions and millions and millions of people who suffer from rosacea. You’re definitely not alone. Just in the United States there are more than 14 million people affected by it. Even former President bill Clinton has been diagnosed with rosacea.

Rosacea appears more often in women, but it generally is worse and more severe for men.

Acne rosacea is very different from normal acne. Generally, the central region of the face is red, or flushing often, also the lower area of the nose, and the forehead.

Many people who have rosacea don’t even know about it. They think it’s just redness, or that they just blush easily.

Other signs that you might suffer from rosacea is if there are visible broken blood vessels in your face, irritated eyes, small red bumps or red cysts.

This condition is particularly often to be found in people with light skin, and very common among Scottish and Irish people, and people who blush easily.

The tiny red lines on the faces of people who have rosacea are caused by enlarged blood vessels. These red lines are called telangiectasias.

When you have these small red bumps, then you have to realize that it is not just acne, but it’s an inflammation that is caused by the repeated flushing of the blood vessels.

With normal acne, people usually outgrow it when they are 30 old. But rosacea can stay with you for life, and can even worsen over time. Sometime it’s also referred to as adult acne.

Strangely enough, doctors and scientists still don’t have an idea of what causes rosacea. But emotional factors seem to play a role.

Rosacea tends to worsen if it is left untreated. If you know WC Fields, the comedian, and you look at his nose, you can see that it’s kind of bigger. This is because of rosacea. He also has those puffy cheeks that are typical for people who have advanced stages of rosacea but has been left untreated for many years.

Acne rosacea treatments

Most commonly acne rosacea is treated with antibacterial washes, antibiotic pills, light therapy, photodynamic therapy, lasers, topical creams and isotretinoin.

Many people use topical creams two times a day that helps them to get rid of the redness in their face. Metronidazole and azelaic acid are commonly used this way. They help to reduce the redness and the bumps.

Oral antibiotics are also often prescribed to patients with rosacea. However, be aware that there are also possible side effects attached to those.

I talked about isotretinoin before, and I really think that you should avoid this drug. It has the potential to be very harmful. It is shown that it can cause birth defects, severe abdominal pain, severe headaches, dizziness, depression, bone pain and a whole lot of other very negative and serious side effects.

If you have rosacea you should also avoid to rub or scrub the face too much. This can worsen your condition.

Strangely enough, there is a holistic method that seems to work better for rosacea and all of these aggressive methods click here to learn more.

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