Your dermatologist is your first defense against common skin problems. When your once flawless fair skin starts to show redness accompanied by bumps your dermatologist may diagnose you with Rosacea. According to Rosacea.org, over 16 million Americans suffer from this skin disorder that causes reddish discoloration accompanied by red pus-filled bumps. It can easily be confused with acne but is different. It can appear as ruddy patches that resemble a sunburn. It occurs in all segments of the populations, it seems to concentrate itself in fair skinned people. This can have a devastating effect emotionally, and while there is no cure, it can be managed.

 

When you are caring for skin with Rosacea, be careful not to use cosmetics or cleaning agents that could further irritate your skin. Astringents and ingredients commonly found in astringents should be avoided. These include alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint. Another thing to avoid is fragrances in your skin care products. People will Rosacea have found that these are irritating. Of course, you’ll discover what bothers your skin through some trial and error but there is certainly no harm in benefiting from the experience of others struggling with Rosacea. It can also be a good idea to use a new product on a small area before applying it to your entire face in case it proves to be an irritant. Talk to your dermatologist and she or he can recommend brands and ingredients to choose or avoid.  Dr. Kallgren Dermatology can assist you if you find you are having red irritating patches appear on your face.