Treating rosacea is no walk in the park. However, this guide aims to make the whole process much more simpler and straightforward.
Before anything is said and done, it is worth noting that rosacea is a chronic condition, meaning that there is no “ultimate cure” for it. This pretty much means that whatever you end up doing, it almost certainly not be a permanent solution and you will need to keep reapplying it throughout your lifetime.
That is, if your goal is to not have a red, itchy and sometimes painful face.
If that is the case, then it becomes really simple, like following an instruction manual and going from the first to last step. Preferably, do these steps in order, skipping only the ones that you have either already done or make you uncomfortable to do them.
With that said, let’s begin the instruction manual for temporarily “curing” rosacea!
Treating And Curing Rosacea – The Instruction Manual
1. Minimize Sun Exposure
The sun is well known for its beneficial, yet also detrimental abilities. If you have rosacea, the detrimental side gets larger. In fact, prolonged exposure to the sun is the most known cause for rosacea outbreaks, so you have two options.
Either stay out of the sun as much as possible, which can be a bit extreme, but an option nonetheless. The second option, which is probably more appealing, is to simply use sunscreen and clothing to deflect the sun’s rays.
What matters the most is moderation, so a tanning salon is definitely out of the question, not to mention a whole day laying on the beach on a searingly hot day at at noon.
2. Test Your Reaction To Foods
Certain foods are well known to induce flushing, while others won’t affect you at all. So it is very helpful to create a certain “can-can’t” eat list in order to assure that any outbreaks that do happen aren’t because of what you ate yesterday.
Try each food every 2-3 days as in that time any rosacea flares will show themselves. If nothing happens, you can be almost certain that the current meal is on the safe list.
- Chocolate and other similar sweets
- Any dairy products (if you have a taste for these, try them all as you might find that not all products induce it)
- Any foods with spices and generally hot foods (just like eating a jalapeno might make a person cry, it might also make their rosacea go crazy)
- Any fruits (certain unique fruits, like lemons, bananas, apples, tomatoes, grapes and so on, try as many as you can get your hands on)
- Any alcohol beverage (if you like drinking, only certain types of alcohol can make it flare up, so you would be fine only avoiding the one that does)
- Different types of oil (chances are also that using for example sunflower oil for cooking might make you flare up, while olive oil might not)
These are the most known triggers for rosacea, so before trying any other foods try these ones first if you don’t know where to start.
3. Start Slowly, with Homemade Treatments
If you have the time and patience to try out homemade treatments, this might just work for you. However, if you want results that are a bit more certain, skip to the next step.
Homemade treatments are relatively cheap, they can be done at home without any “professionals” required. If nothing else, giving it a test try before going to the higher steps might just surprise you, making your face as clear as it can be.
If you want more details, here are the top 11 homemade rosacea treatments.
To summarize, what is important is that the homemade solution is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, which is exactly what works best for reducing rosacea.
4. Prefer Faster Results? Go Topical or Over The Counter!
There is a lot of discussion whether topical solutions are worth it. The verdict however, is similar everywhere.
Using topical treatments is a discussion best done with you asking your doctor about it and receiving his recommendation. Since these are prescription medicines, it is always worth going to the doctor first before deciding on any topical treatments.
If you don’t want to visit the doctor for prescription medicine, the other option is over-the-counter solutions. In the case of OTC treatments, what you require are reviews such as this one. They have the benefit of not requiring a prescription and not requiring you to move an inch to receive them.
Not to mention that they may even be more effective than topical treatments. Just make sure to read the user reviews to get a feel if the treatment is for you.
5. Lasers, Lasers and even More Lasers
For the full details, we have a full extensive guide on treating rosacea with lasers here.
But to sum it up, lasers are rather effective, up to a 60% improvement which is decent. However, as you might have guessed, lasers are high tech and aren’t that cheap to make, manage and run. So if you decide to go with laser treatments, it will cost you a pretty penny, up to 500$ per trip.
And this might sounds like an amazing deal if you would only need to visit it once.
But as rosacea is chronic, it can’t really be stopped or cured, meaning that if you want to continue having no rosacea outbreaks, you will need to come back at least once a month or 2. If treating rosacea is what you are willing to do anything for and no amount of money will stop you… this is the most effective treatment. Just be prepared to spend a few grands a year.
6. What about Steroids and Antibiotics?
Some people recommend taking antibiotics or even steroids to clear your rosacea.
This is a really, really bad idea and here is why.
- They are short-term only. This means that after a while, your body will get “used” to it and it won’t have any effect anymore. This is like a “quick-fix” that only works once and can damage your body in so many ways that listing them all would require a team of certified doctors.
- They are harmful. Steroids need no explanation, however taking antibiotics over and over again might make the bacteria in your body become immune to it, creating a so called superbug. Not worth it.
- They sometimes cost even more than prescribed or OTC treatmetns. Why have all the bad side effects with steroids and antibiotics when the cost is the same as OTC treatments?
And there we have it.
The whole instruction manual just took 6 simple steps. Even the instruction manual for assembling a chair has more steps than this.
Let us know how your battle with rosacea is progressing, we’re listening!