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Rosacea- Understanding and Managing a Common Chronic Inflammatory Skin Condition (2)


Previously, we discussed the different stages of rosacea, and patients certainly do not want their condition to progress to a later stage before seeking treatment.

However, many patients have always thought they only have sensitive skin or that certain skincare products are not suitable for them, without realizing that they may already have this condition. Sometimes, rosacea can be similar to other conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis, acne, and irritant contact dermatitis, making it difficult to distinguish. However, with a correct diagnosis, controlling the condition is not difficult.

Due to the redness and sensitivity of the skin, patients often think that their condition is caused by food allergies and start avoiding certain foods such as seafood, beef, and goose. However, the foods that affect rosacea the most are generally alcohol and spicy foods. Moreover, many rosacea patients initially think they have skin allergies and buy medications from pharmacies. Many anti-allergy creams contain steroids, which may be effective initially, but long-term use of creams containing steroids, or even oral or injected steroids, will only worsen the condition. Therefore, many patients actually do not know how to handle their condition properly, which can lead to more serious conditions.

Before treatment, patients should first take care of their skin. They should reduce the use of oily skincare products and use more water-based products. At the same time, they should also take good care of their sun protection and avoid using oily, fragrant, or preservative-containing sunscreen products. The following habits should be avoided: eating spicy and irritating foods, drinking alcohol and coffee, taking hot baths, and staying in hot places for too long. In summary, patients should avoid using certain foods that may exacerbate their rosacea.