Rosacea is a common, inflammatory skin condition that affects about 16 million Americans. The most common symptom is persistent facial redness. People’s symptoms can range from mild to moderate to severe. Many people that suffer from rosacea wear a lot of makeup, heavy concealer and powders to hide it as much as they can. Luckily, there are ways to treat rosacea so those of you that have it can "break up with your makeup" and don’t have to wear so much heavy makeup anymore.
I am one of the millions that have rosacea. I am lucky - I have a mild form and have learned what triggers my flare ups. Here are a few things that can help to calm and treat rosacea.
- Prescription Treatments - Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* is the first and only prescription treatment specifically developed and indicated to treat the persistent facial redness of rosacea. It needs to be applied just once daily and can work in as little as 30 minutes. Mirvaso won’t just cover redness, it can keep redness away for up to 12 hrs.
- Moisturize the Skin - Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides are great for skin, especially for those with rosacea and can improve the skin barrier, which is often compromised in people with this condition.
- Be Picky About Sun Protection - Daily SPF is a must, but not all sunscreens are created equal. Not only are some better than others, but many contain ingredients that irritate sensitive skin with rosacea. The best bets if you are prone to rosacea, are sunscreens that contain transparent zinc oxide and moisturizing ingredients, like niacinamide, and are fragrance free and non-comedogenic.
- Eat and Sleep Well, Stay Hydrated - It sounds simple and easy, but not getting enough sleep can make you look older because sleep is when your body repairs itself. Alcohol, sugary foods and processed foods can affect the skin’s ability to repair itself and cause premature skin aging, so try to eat a balanced diet and indulge rarely. For the occasional late night out, alternate a glass of water or carbonated water with every alcoholic beverage.
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Important Safety Information:
Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis. Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
*Each gram of gel contains 5 mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base.