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How to Care for Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterized by persistent facial redness. Minimize damage with the right kind of care.


  • Step 1: Cleanse with cool water Wash your face gently each day with a fragrance-free, mild cleanser. Avoid hot water or rough washcloths.
  • Step 2: Rinse without rubbing Rinse your face using lukewarm water and blot dry with a soft, thick towel. Don’t rub your face or apply cream or ointment until the skin is air dried.
  • TIP: Having rosacea can be a lonely experience; look for patient support groups online.
  • Step 3: Avoid heat, cold, and alcohol Avoid sunny, cold, or windy weather as well as hot drinks, spicy foods, and alcohol. Use sensitive-skin sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or more.
  • TIP: Holistic practitioners recommend sticking to an organic diet.
  • Step 4: Get exercise Exercise moderately in cool environments. Overdoing it can trigger a flare-up or sudden dehydration. Drink cold fluids or eat ice chips if you feel overheated.
  • Step 5: Try cosmetics Try fragrance-free, noncomedogenic cosmetics with a green or yellow tint to cover any flareups.
  • Step 6: See a physician See a physician if you cannot control your condition. Doctors can prescribe oral antibiotics and topical creams. Cardiovascular medicines can also reduce severe flushing.
  • FACT: In a study, 96 percent of subjects said simply avoiding common triggers reduced flare-ups.

You Will Need

  • Fragrance-free cleanser
  • A temperate climate
  • Sunscreen
  • Moderate exercise
  • Fragrance-free
  • noncomedogenic cosmetics
  • A doctor
  • A support group (optional)
  • An organic diet (optional)

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