Patients who have been diagnosed with rosacea understand how this condition can be embarrassing and result in lowered self-esteem. Rosacea is a skin disorder that causes the facial skin to appear red and flushed. It is a chronic disorder with few treatment options. With a proper diagnosis, however, patients in the Short Hills, NJ area can speak to our professionals at Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills to determine if they are viable candidates for specific treatment options available.
What causes rosacea?
Rosacea can occur for many different reasons. In many cases, it is a reaction to a trigger. Triggers are often the reason for rosacea flare-ups in many patients. Triggers can vary between individuals, but there are a few triggers that are common amongst rosacea patients, including:
- Extreme temperature changes (hot and cold)
- Increased levels of stress
- Spicy foods
- Alcoholic beverages
- Exposure to sunlight
- Hair and skin care products
Patients who know their triggers can take proper precautions to avoid them or, if unable, to prepare for their upcoming rosacea flare-ups. To determine triggers, patients can keep a rosacea diary where they can document changes to the weather, activities they participated in, hair and skin care products used, and the level of rosacea that day. Documenting foods and beverages can also help patients to see a trend in their rosacea when compared to what they have consumed.
How to prevent rosacea flare-ups
Overall, patients need to take good care of their skin and body to look and feel their best. But patients with rosacea flare-ups will have to pay close attention to their triggers and their exposure to those triggers. Here are a few tips to consider when planning your day around rosacea:
- Consider routine use of sun protection on exposed skin
- Avoid spending time outdoors when it’s too hot, cold, or windy
- Reduce the levels of stress you experience each day
- Consider the beverages you are enjoying each day, especially alcohol
- Avoid the consumption of spicy foods if this is a trigger
- Carefully select products used on the hair and skin
Call Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills today!
If you live in the area of Short Hills, NJ and are considering treatment for rosacea, connect with our providers. Our practice is located at 636 Morris Turnpike, Ste. 2H and can be reached at (973) 232-6245.