Getting the Most from Treatment
To ensure that your treatment is as effective as possible, keep
these points in mind:
Follow your dermatologist’s
instructions. Complying with instructions can mean the difference
between a flare-up and keeping your rosacea under control.
Tell your dermatologist if you:
Take other medications, dietary
supplements, or herbal remedies
Experience side effects from
If you are given topical medication
and a moisturizer, be sure to apply the moisturizer after the
medication has dried.
Ask your dermatologist about
moisturizers, soaps and sunscreens you can use that will not
irritate your skin and may help alleviate the symptoms of rosacea.
If you use makeup, ask your
dermatologist about cosmetics, such as green-tinted makeup, that
can mask the redness.
Realize that your dermatologist may
instruct you to continue taking some or all of the prescribed
medications, even after the rosacea has cleared. Many who stop
taking medications notice their symptoms return within a week to
Treatment works best when combined
with lifestyle modifications. These modifications are described in Minimizing Flare-Ups.
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Sun exposure can trigger a
Protecting your skin from the sun is considered an
essential part of any rosacea management plan. Sun
protection includes seeking shade between 10:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest, wearing
protective clothing, and daily use of
a broad-spectrum (offers UVA and UVB protection)
sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
of 30 or higher.
Look for a sunscreen that does not list any type of
alcohol in the ingredients and is labeled
“noncomedogenic.” Noncomedogenic means the product will
not clog your pores.