Tips for 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 medications

  • 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 six months.

  • 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 rosacea flare-up.

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.



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