(BPT) – “I used to wake up in the morning, see myself in the mirror, and I would just get upset,” said Brian Doddie – a husband, father and rosacea patient. “All the redness and the bumps on my face made me feel insecure. At work I’d have to give presentations and I would simply get embarrassed. For the longest time, I thought I had acne… until I eventually went to the dermatologist and was given the diagnosis of rosacea. My doctor helped me choose the right treatment that finally helped clear-up my skin.”
Brian is not alone. While people may be less aware of the condition than acne, there are in fact an estimated 16 million Americans who suffer from the bumps, pimples and facial redness of rosacea, an inflammatory skin condition. Because of the physical manifestation on the face, rosacea patients are often embarrassed and frustrated by their condition, and it may negatively impact their social lives. In a recent study conducted by the National Rosacea Society, 52 percent of the respondents said they had avoided face-to-face contact because of the disorder.
There are a number of environmental and emotional factors that can prompt rosacea to flare-up unpredictably. Dermatologist and Galderma consultant Linda Stein Gold, M.D. shares her tips on how to manage rosacea symptoms and keep your skin looking healthy:
- Moisturize… the right way: It is important to protect your skin from the sun by using a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. It may sound simple, but the UV rays of the sun can permanently damage skin and even act as a trigger for rosacea. When picking a moisturizer, use skincare products developed for sensitive skin.
- Know your triggers: Unlike many other conditions, rosacea varies from person to person and is challenging to manage. Keep a personal trigger diary and track which products, foods, drinks and activities induce a flare-up. If environmental factors don’t seem to be the cause of skin inflammation, patients should be aware that microscopic, typically harmless Demodex mites may also be a possible culprit.
- Visit your doctor to confirm your diagnosis: The biggest mistake many people with rosacea make is to think that they suffer from adult acne. To make matters worse, many ingredients commonly found in acne products can actually irritate sensitive skin and act as triggers for rosacea – alcohol, fragrance and menthol are just a few to look out for. Only a dermatologist can accurately evaluate your symptoms, give you a proper diagnosis and determine what is right for you.
- Weigh your treatment options: In a national study of rosacea patients, 46 percent of sufferers reported that they changed their medication, usually due to lack of improvement. Rosacea is such an individual disease so discussing the treatment options with your dermatologist is key. The most recent option is Soolantra® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, a once-daily, prescription topical treatment for the inflammatory lesions of rosacea. While the mechanism of action of Soolantra Cream is unknown, ivermectin, the active ingredient in Soolantra Cream, has been reported to have both anti-inflammatory and antiparasitic activity. You may experience skin burning sensation and skin irritation while using Soolantra Cream.
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Important Safety Information – Soolantra® Cream
Indication: SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA® Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≤ 1 %) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation. Warnings / Precautions: Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use
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