dermatitis

Coconut Oil may Relieve Rosacea Dryness

A dab of Coconut Oil may provide relief for the symptoms of dryness, irritation and itching from rosacea. Apply only pure oil with no additives to the skin after cleansing while the skin is still damp. Because coconut oil is rather thick, using just a drop or two of oil and gently gliding it over the dampened skin will produce a more soothing application as opposed to trying to work the thickened oil over the dry skin surface. The idea is to provide a soothing relief not add to the problem by pulling and tugging the oil over the skin. Because it’s such a thick oil, it remains on the skin’s surface providing a barrier to help hold in moisture. While coconut is widely touted as a good moisturizing agent for dry skin, many feel there is not sufficient evidence to support this claim and others site the thickness […]

Asking the Important Questions About your Rosacea Treatment

Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to review your rosacea treatment portfolio and be sure it’s still the right treatment choice for you and your current rosacea condition. Are your reasons for using you rosacea treatment compatible with the results you are seeing?

We all want to jump onto the next ‘new’ treatment we see advertised but sometimes we need to stop and ask ourselves – why. What results were you expecting with your current treatment and did that treatment produce those results? If not – why. It can be helpful to go back and review the instructions for use and consider how you yourself are using that treatment. It is possible that there is a better or more beneficial way to use it? Is your rosacea treatment even recommended for the treatment of your rosacea symptoms?

If your rosacea treatment regimen isn’t producing the […]

Surveying Your Rosacea Treatment and Symptoms

We all like to compare our symptoms with others, our treatment plans with others to see what’s working and what isn’t. With rosacea this can be difficult as each person displays different symptoms, varying areas of affected skin, and multiple degrees of reaction not only to the treatment but to outside influences that can trigger a rosacea flare into action or make an existing flare worse.

Determining the current state and severity of your rosacea condition can be a challenge as rosacea progresses and wans, worsens and improves throughout the day with a varying array of symptoms and reactions from morning through the night.

Various studies have indicated that ocular rosacea occurs in 40 to 60% of rosacea sufferers. Another common occurrence with rosacea is acne. Seborrheic dermatitis, which is defined as dry flakey patches of skin, has also been found to […]

Rosacea and Seborrhea

Rosacea and seborrhea dermatitis can exist separately or they may occur together. Rosacea is a sensitive skin condition affecting mainly the facial areas of the skin although the eyes, ears and even neck may display symptoms of rosacea. These symptoms include redness or facial flushing, a sensation of heat, burning or itchiness of the skin. Even small red bumps which contain no pus may be present.

Seborrhea dermatitis is a skin condition primarily present on the scalp or facial areas of the skin. On the facial areas, seborrhea dermatitis is usually limited to the hairline or eyebrows and seldom is seen on the cheeks or chin whereas rosacea is commonly found on the cheeks and chin. Seborrhea dermatitis is observed as patches of dry, flaky skin that have almost a greasy or oily feel to them. Seborrhea dermatitis is often seen in infants as a condition of […]

Diagnosing Rosacea

There are no definitive tests to confirm a diagnosis of rosacea. The diagnosis is made primarily on the basis of the symptoms exhibited. Because each of us is different, very few people will display all the symptoms of rosacea, therefore it often becomes a process of elimination. In extreme cases a skin biopsy may be done to make a correct diagnosis.

Because the symptoms of rosacea can also be symptomatic of other skin conditions, the diagnosis can be confusing for some doctors, in some instances this can lead to being prescribed treatments or medications that can often worsen your skin condition.

The most commonly related skin conditions with which rosacea is confused include acne, eczema, seborrhea dermatitis, allergies, psoriasis, even poison ivy. Understanding the symptoms of each of these conditions can help to rule them out in order to confirm […]

Steroid rosacea

Steroid rosacea can be the result of a number of factors. Often times in the treatment of peri-oral dermatitis or seborrhea dermatitis one will be prescribed a limited time dose of steroidal creams. It is important to note, as often the prescribing physician fails to remind us, there should never be used for longer than ten days. Extended use of steroidal creams results in the skin becoming dependent on the steroids and stopping them can cause the skin to go into a withdrawal situation in which the skin may react in an almost violent eruption of peeling skin, pustules, papules, increased redness, inflammation and  sometimes acne.

This is not to say that steroidal creams don’t have a place in the treatment of an aggressive skin flare, but the possibility does exist for over use and even abuse. In the case of an aggressive rosacea flare, the limited use of […]