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Rosacea for the Esthetician: A Comprehensive Guide—Part II

By: Cynthia Bailey, MD
Posted: July 30, 2013, from the August 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Facial distribution of rosacea

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When you have a client who is not getting better, ask them to bring in all of their products and check for problem ingredients, such as cortisone, or irritating ingredients, such as vitamin C, AHAs and BHAs. Remember, when you have a client with severe skin inflammation, refer them to a dermatologist to help prevent scarring or hyperpigmentation. A physician can provide a prescription oral antibiotic, which often works quickly to jump-start control so that a good anti-rosacea skin care routine can finally take hold.


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