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When left untreated, rosacea will get worse and may be more difficult to treat.

Many people with rosacea are unfamiliar with the condition and do not recognise it in its early stages.

Identifying the disease is the first step to controlling it.

Self-diagnosis and treatment are not recommended, as some over-the-counter skin applications may make the problem worse.

Dermatologists often recommend a combination of treatments tailored to the individual patient.

Together, these treatments can stop the progress of rosacea and sometimes reverse it.

Gels and creams may be prescribed by a dermatologist. A slight improvement can be seen in the first three to four weeks of use.

Greater improvement is usually noticed in two or more months.

Oral antibiotics tend to produce faster results than topical medications (applied directly to the skin).

Cortisone creams may reduce the redness of rosacea. However, they should be not used for longer than two weeks and strong preparations should be avoided.

It is best to use these creams only under the direction of your dermatologist.

The persistent redness may be treated by laser surgery to close off the dilated blood vessels.

Cosmetics may offer an alternative to the more specific treatment. Green tinted makeup may mask the redness.

It is important to eliminate factors that cause additional skin irritation.

Daily facial products such as cleaners, moisturisers, and sunscreens should be free of alcohol or other irritating ingredients.

Moisturisers used along with topical medications should be applied very gently after the medication has dried.

When going outdoors, especially on warm sunny days, a sunscreen made for rosacea patients with full UVA and UVB protection is a necessity.

Author: Peter Wilson.

Reviewed: Wednesday, 27 December 2006.

Further Information: Risk Factors in Aquiring Rosacea : FAQ: What Causes Rosacea? : What is Rosacea? : Who is at Risk of Rosacea? : Early Rosacea Symptoms : Advanced Rosacea Symptoms : The Most Basic of Recommendations for Rosacea Patients : The Most Basic Treatment of Rosacea : For Rosacea Patient Avoidance... : Rosacea Treatment Basic Daily Protocol — PDF : Rosacea and Hormones :


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