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Rosacea is a common chronic skin disorder. Possibly genetic and often ocurring in fair skin types, it manifests itself as a tendency for facial flushing, papules (tiny pink bumps), pustules (puss-containing bumps) and teleangiectasias (little broken blood vessels). Sore eyes and skin thickening on the nose can also be symptoms in some people. Rosacea should certainly be diagnosed and treated by a dermatologist, who can prescribe effective topical or oral treatments.

It is immensely important not to aggravate rosacea. Patients should avoid rich, heavy creams and use light lotions with anti-inflammatory ingredients instead. Cleansers should be gentle and not too harsh. You should also avoid any potentially irritating products such as alcohol-based solutions and ingredients with a stimulating effect on blood vessels, such as menthol. But the most important advice of all is to use broad-spectrum, high SPF sun protection in a light, non-oily base, as UV light is a well-known factor which aggravates this upsetting condition.

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