There is no cure for rosacea, but with patience and the guidance of a dermatologist, symptoms can be controlled. Sometimes treatment continues for months or years to ensure the best possible results.
Because rosacea is triggered by factors that can change over time, it is important to monitor the activities that precede flare-ups, so that you can notice patterns and make modifications as necessary. These factors may be environmental—such as exposure to wind, heat, or the sun—or related to your lifestyle, such as drinking coffee or alcohol, eating spicy food, or experiencing stress. For best results, after you and your doctor have identified what causes or worsens symptoms, you should reduce or eliminate your exposure to these triggers.
In addition to consistently following your treatment plan, NYU Langone dermatologists also recommend that you apply sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher when you spend time in the sun. It’s also important to talk with your dermatologist before trying any new medication, even one you buy over the counter, because it may interfere with other medications you’re taking for rosacea.
There is no need to let facial redness, blemishes, and scarring affect your self-image or make social interactions uncomfortable. Your dermatologist can provide personal care and expert advice for as long as needed.
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