How long before I see results?
Modern treatments usually give quick improvement and the key is consistency with treatment. You will see dramatic results; it just takes time—and a combination of treatments and therapies.
I’ve heard that spicy foods can aggravate rosacea. Is this true?
Yes, spicy foods can aggravate rosacea or make it worse. Other foods that can cause flare-ups (when skin redness and the acne-like bumps get worse) include alcohol, especially red wine and hot beverages/foods, especially if they contain caffeine. Also keep in mind that wind/cold exposure, extreme exercise, and stress can all aggravate the symptoms of rosacea, too.
Do I need to use special skin-care products if I have rosacea?
Since rosacea can cause extreme hypersensitivity and dryness in the skin, we advise using a very gentle skin-care routine (that doesn’t include harsh ingredients like alcohol, which is found in many toners). We advise patients to clean their skin with a mild, non-abrasive cleanser (avoid scrubs), then rinse with lukewarm water and blot the face dry with a towel. Don’t rub your face with a washcloth, facial brush, or towel, which can just aggravate skin.