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Health Tip: If You Have Rosacea

Clean your skin gently

(HealthDay News) -- If you have the skin condition rosacea, you should avoid harsh cleansers that may worsen symptoms, the National Rosacea Society says.

Here are the society's skin-cleansing recommendations:

  • Wash with a gentle cleanser that's made for your type of skin.
  • Gently use your fingertips, never a sponge or washcloth.
  • Use lukewarm water to rinse your face.
  • With a thick, cotton towel, gently blot your face dry. Don't rub.
  • Apply medication to your skin only when completely dry, usually about 30 minutes after washing.
  • Wait another five to 10 minutes after applying medication to apply moisturizer, makeup or sunscreen.
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