Rosacea is a common skin condition in the face. It causes redness in your cheeks and sometimes small, red bumps. Many people who have rosacea find it embarrassing and a nuisance. Anyone can get rosacea, but it is mostly found in middle-aged women with fair skin. Rosacea flare ups can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. Such uncertainty in this skin condition can make it difficult.

Treatments for rosacea vary. There is no known cure for this skin condition, but several topical treatments and a few systemic ones seem to keep the symptoms at bay. Creams and gels are the first step in treating rosacea. The use of such topical treatments tends to work for those with less severe cases of rosacea. These creams contain anti-inflammatory antibiotics and are available by prescription from a doctor specializing in skin issues. If creams and gels do not work for your rosacea, then doctors will try prescribing some antibiotic pills next. The antibiotic pills work quicker and are good in the short-term, but risk more side effects than the cream. Another possible prescription doctors may resort to is acne medication which helps control the acne-like symptoms of rosacea. Doctors will determine the length of treatment based on the severity of your rosacea.

Another suggested treatment for rosacea is avoiding anything that triggers a flare-up. While there is no known cause for rosacea, individuals can keep track of their flare-ups and find a common pattern of when and why the flare-ups begin. Many people find a wide variety of reasons that their rosacea flares up. These reasons include ingesting hot foods, drinks, spicy foods, or alcohol, experiencing temperature extremes and direct sunlight, feeling stressed, angry, or embarrassed, exercising, and taking drugs that dilate the blood vessels including corticosteroids and some blood pressure medications.

Working closely with a doctor is essential to treating your rosacea.