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The Best Treatment For Acne Rosacea Is a Personal Matter

Trying to find the best treatment for acne rosacea can be like trying to determine a politician’s favorite color (the typical answer is “plaid”!). In all seriousness, one of the best approaches to treating and controlling your acne rosacea is AVOIDANCE. Because acne rosacea does not have a specific cure at this time, the favored approach to this skin disorder is to attempt to control the symptoms.

By this we mean identifying those lifestyle or environmental “triggers” that bring about a flare-up in the skin condition. In many cases, avoiding certain foods, environmental conditions (i.e. heat, wind, and cold), excessive emotional stress, or alcoholic beverages can bring this skin disease under control. Of course, these examples are the most common amongst acne rosacea patients but are only the tip of the iceberg, as the list of trigger factors is rather long.

The difficulty in identifying the best treatment for your acne rosacea is that each individual reacts differently to the various suggested stimuli, or triggers. What affects one rosacea sufferer will not have the same effect on another. But statistics reveal that certain triggers are far more prevalent than others.

What is the #1 factor in evoking an acne rosacea flare-up? Sun Exposure! In a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society, over 81 percent of rosacea patients indicated that sun exposure was a key trigger for their symptoms. This particular trigger took the number one position on a rather large list of factors that were responsible for triggering rosacea symptoms.

So, how do you eliminate the risk of an acne rosacea flare-up from sun exposure? Avoidance and protection is the answer. Here are some helpful tips to keep the #1 acne rosacea trigger from ruining your next outing to the park or beach.

Limit Your Sun Exposure Mid-Day

Try to avoid direct sunlight during the hours from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This is the period when the sun’s rays are at their strongest intensity.

Protect Your Face

Apply a high SPF sunscreen that is effective against both UVA and UVB rays. Attempt to utilize a sunscreen that is hypoallergenic and oil-free. If your skin is extremely sensitive to cosmetics or lotions, try a pediatric sunscreen. The formulation is especially made to limit skin irritation.

Wear a Hat

Great protection from the sun starts with a wide brim hat. This is a good way to make a fashion “statement” while protecting your face. Beware of some ball caps though, as they tend to provide only limited sun protection. If the visor is not large, the sides of your face, including your cheeks, can be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays.

Try to Stay Cool

Try to find a shady spot to hang out, such as under a beach umbrella or large tree. And don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you have ice chips available, try chewing on them. They will keep you cool and especially help to avoid flushing of the cheeks.

If you are looking for the best treatment for acne rosacea, it is really up to you to determine what works best for you. You will need to identify your own specific “triggers” and take appropriate action to avoid those stimuli. This may require you to change your lifestyle and take extra care to protect yourself against various environmental factors. But in the end, you will have a sense of confidence that you can control your acne rosacea symptoms better than anyone else. It’s certainly worth the effort!

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