How Can I Treat My Rosacea With a Dermatologist?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by redness along the cheeks, forehead, and nose. The condition may diminish only to flare-up again a few weeks or months later. There is no cure for rosacea, so treatment is aimed at reducing redness as much as possible and reducing the frequency of flares. Prescription antibiotics and acne medications are the most common treatments for rosacea; however, dermatologists are beginning to recognize the benefits of holistic treatments in controlling rosacea symptoms.
Lifestyle changes as a treatment
Weather conditions and temperature changes can trigger rosacea symptoms in many patients. You should take proactive steps to protect your skin from the elements whenever possible. For example, wear a broad-brimmed hat when in the sun, and wear a ski mask when out in the winter wind and cold.
Stressful situations, such as a work or family crisis, can trigger the inflammatory response that causes rosacea symptoms. Focus on setting aside time each day for relaxation. For example, you can join a yoga class, practice meditation, go for a quiet walk after dinner, or spend some time with friends.
You should also take the time to talk to your doctor about medications or medical conditions that may exacerbate your rosacea. For example, menopausal hot flashes and niacin supplements can trigger a rosacea flare. Your doctor can recommend measures to alleviate these symptoms and reduce your rosacea.
Dietary Changes suggested by your doctor or dermatologist
The right diet can have a significant impact on rosacea symptoms. Many patients see a dramatic improvement in their symptoms by implementing the following measures:
- Avoid triggers such as alcohol and spicy foods. If you suspect a particular food may worsen your rosacea, try eliminating the food and see if you notice any changes. If your skin improves, try reintroducing the food to see if the rosacea returns. If the redness returns, the food is a trigger and should be avoided.
- Eat foods rich in probiotics, such as kefir and yogurt. Evidence suggests a possible link between rosacea and a stomach bacteria called h Pylori. Probiotics help reduce the amount of these bacteria in the GI tract and may help improve rosacea symptoms.
- Try eating a Mediterranean diet focused on veggies, healthy oils, and limited lean proteins. Many of the foods on the Mediterranean diet are alkaline, which means they are natural anti-inflammatories. You can help fight inflammation further by adding a few flax seeds to your foods.
Calabasas Dermatology Center provides treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including rosacea. Call us today to schedule your consultation.