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There is no convincing evidence as to whether the following factors have any long-term harmful effects on rosacea, but, they are known to increase the redness of the face temporarily: red wine, spicy food, temperature changes, vigorous exercise, or certain oral medications.

How is rosacea treated?

To reduce pimples and redness an oral antibiotic, such as a tetracycline derivative, may be prescribed for moderate to severe cases. This often rapidly gets rosacea under control and improvement is usually noticeable in a matter of a week or two. However, most cases can be treated and controlled with very effective topical medications alone. Often, the antibiotic is initially given in addition to topical therapy and topical therapy is continued as the antibiotic is gradually discontinued.

Other Important Advice:

* Use of sunscreens
* Green-tinted cosmetics to hide facial redness
* Avoidance of possible triggers

Determining whether it's rosacea or just rosy cheeks

Varying degrees of facial redness and blushing and flushing occur in many people, but that doesn't mean they have rosacea. In fact, rosacea is a condition that is regularly over- diagnosed by healthcare providers. What's more, many people diagnose themselves as having rosacea. Some of these self-diagnosers reach their conclusion after seeing "ask-your-doctor" television advertisements that introduce them to the condition.

Some people are flusher/ blushers who don't have rosacea at all. In fact, if you carefully evaluate the location of redness on some of their faces, you discover that the redness seems to occur in different places than where it's commonly seen in rosacea. Moreover, a red face can be due to a variety of other skin disorders. For example, the so-called hot flashes of menopause, medication reactions, and allergy to cosmetics, all can be confused with rosacea.

In many instances, rosacea can be hard to distinguish from weathered, sun-damaged skin that's seen in many fair-skinned farmers, gardeners, sailors, or other folks that worked or spent long periods of their lives outdoors.

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