The first thing you need to know about rosacea is that the condition is chronic. A chronic condition is one that persists for a number of years. Because there's no known cure for rosacea, the condition may recur indefinitely. If you've been diagnosed with rosacea, your skin will always be prone to this condition. But once you've identified your rosacea triggers, you may be able to reduce the frequency of flare-ups and achieve remission.
Study Gives Hope to Rosacea Sufferers
The National Rosacea Society of the United States conducted a retrospective study of patients with an official diagnosis of rosacea. In 48% of cases, rosacea suffers no longer experienced active symptoms after nine years. The study also found that if lifestyle triggers were actively managed, patients were much less likely to experience recurrence.
So the good news is that while you might have active rosacea over a number of years, flare-ups can be managed through lifestyle changes.
How Long Does Rosacea Last?
You've learned that rosacea never truly disappears. However, an isolated rosacea flare-up can last anywhere from one day to one month. One week is the average duration of a flare-up.
A Critical Effort: Keeping a Rosacea Diary
There's a wide range of rosacea triggers, from food intolerances to stress to inappropriate skincare. This is why it's important to keep a rosacea diary.
Whenever you do experience a flare-up, make notes on your diet, skincare routine, and activities for the previous week. Continue this though the duration of your flare-up. Over the long term, this information can help you to understand:
Your rosacea triggers
Factors that help shorten flare-up duration
Through active management of these factors, flare-ups can be minimised or even prevented.
To begin with, the logging process may feel frustrating. But remember that each flare-up will help you learn what does and doesn't work for your condition. While your approach will be one of trial and error in the short term, you'll develop a tested lifestyle management plan in the long term.
For further advice on the lifestyle changes that can help control your rosacea, please consult your doctor.
For advice and skincare recommendations to help control and minimise your symptoms, you can contact our trained team of experts through our skincare recommendation form. Remember that Adore Beauty also has a dedicated shop section full of pre-selected products that are perfect for your rosacea-prone complexion.