Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been suffering with rosacea for a while, each year brings further opportunity to find relief. With 2016 in full swing, add these rosacea care resolutions to the top of your list.
Resolution #1: See a Doctor if you Haven’t
Patient surveys over the years consistently show that patients see an improvement in their conditions and quality of life from medical therapy -- and there are now more treatment options available than ever before.
Resolution #2: Comply with Treatment
Remember to use your medication as prescribed by your doctor, and remember that improvement may take time. This will go a long way to help maintain remission and protect against potential flare-ups.
Resolution #3: Commit to Identifying & Avoiding Your Triggers
A glass of red wine might be your favorite indulgence, or maybe a night of spicy food or your favorite chocolate bar. Shortly after, however, you find yourself flushing. If you're not sure what your personal triggers are, keep a diary to identify and avoid those factors that affect your individual case.
Resolution #4: Review Your Skin Care Regimen
If you think your triggers may be product related or have gotten off track with your skin care regimen, return to what has worked for you in the past, keeping in mind that what works for someone else may not be satisfactory for you. If you have not yet developed a consistent plan, your dermatologist can help.
Resolution #5: Stay Positive
To say that rosacea can be frustrating is an understatement. For many, it can even have psychological and emotional impacts -- and emotional stress is the second most commonly reported trigger of flare-ups. Let your doctor know the extent to which rosacea is affecting you so that he or she can adjust treatment to provide additional help if necessary. Remember, you have the power to stay positive while you search for a solution.