Rosacea: Tips for managing


Learn how keeping a journal and other lifestyle tips can help reduce rosacea flares.

If you believe that you might have rosacea or have been diagnosed with rosacea, the following tips can help:

  • See a dermatologist. This is important for the following reasons:
    • When treatment begins at the first sign of rosacea, treatment often controls the disease. Control means that you will not see the rosacea. You also will not feel the symptoms such as burning and itching.
    • Treating rosacea early also can stop it from getting worse. Rosacea can be more difficult to treat if it gets worse.
    • Rosacea may not go away on its own and tends to worsen over time.
    • Different types of rosacea require different types of treatment.
    • Treatment available without a prescription can make rosacea worse. Some of these treatments contain ingredients that can cause rosacea to flare.

  • Learn what triggers your rosacea. Many everyday things can cause rosacea to flare. These include sunlight, stress, and many foods and beverages.

    What causes one person’s rosacea to flare may not trigger a flare-up for another person. This is why dermatologists recommend that patients with rosacea learn what triggers their flare-ups. Avoiding these triggers can reduce flare-ups.

  • Follow a rosacea skin-care plan. Skin care plays an important role in keeping rosacea under control. Many skin care products are too harsh. This can make rosacea worse.

Related resources:

Learning to control rosacea and getting support helps many people live more comfortably.

Rosacea Support Group
Free, moderated, online community that offers support.

National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Provides Q&A about rosacea.

National Rosacea Society

Quarterly newsletter, booklet to help people identify and avoid triggers, and other resources.

RosaceaNet
Website from the American Academy of Dermatology.

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