Rosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea SocietyRosacea Review - Newsletter of the National Rosacea Society

Tips on What to Tell or Ask Your Doctor

Rosacea can be a complex disorder with a diverse range of symptoms that can be triggered or aggravated by an even wider array of potential lifestyle and environmental factors. Because this is a chronic condition that is treated with prescription medications, periodic visits with your dermatologist are likely. Here are some ways you can make those visits especially worthwhile.

  • Prepare for your visit. If you have concerns or questions about your rosacea, write them down and take them with you.

  • Monitor your rosacea between visits. Monitor your condition and keep a record of whenever you may experience a flare-up, including circumstances that may have triggered or aggravated your symptoms. A free Patient Diary Checklist is available from the National Rosacea Society for this purpose, and you should share important information with your doctor.

  • Use your medication as prescribed. Be sure to use medication as prescribed by your doctor. If you were unable to use it as prescribed, be sure to inform your doctor so that he or she can more effectively evaluate and treat your condition.

  • Discuss your daily skin-care routine. Let your doctor know how you care for your face and what products you use such as cleansers, makeups and facial care products, as well as your routine for applying any topical medication that is prescribed.

  • Take notes during your visit. It is difficult to remember everything you may have discussed with your doctor, so take notes and review them when you get home. You may want to keep them in a file and refer to them as you prepare for a future visit. This file can help document your progress in effectively controlling this chronic disorder.