Rosacea is a medical condition that affects a good number of people throughout the world. This condition is characterized by the development of splotchy red or pink patches on the skin. These patches develop for a variety of different reasons and may persist for quite a long time. However, they can also appear periodically and for no known reason. The key toward managing rosacea is to learn about your various types of triggers that cause these patchy outbreaks and to work to avoid them. Vitiligo, on the other hand, is a general disorder that affects the pigmentation of the skin and which has no general treatment method.
Rosacea is typically caused by a certain type of trigger. For different people this is different things, and the key to managing this condition is to recognize the triggers that bring about an outbreak. Potential triggers include sunlight or overexposure to the sun, stress, certain types of food and more. In order to determine your triggers, there are a number of different things that you can do. First, you may find it helpful to work with a doctor to first analyze and diagnose your condition as rosacea. You can then work with that same doctor to come up with a way of cataloguing all of your different outbreaks and comparing them to see what the potential triggers are, and find out what is routinely present in your environment at the time of the outbreak.
Treatments for rosacea are generally only mildly effective. For persistent types of rosacea, there are certain laser skin treatments that may be helpful at removing or minimizing the blemishes. However, these are not generally permanent; the triggers may come about again and cause a new outbreak of rosacea. There are also a number of different ointments that you can use to treat the blotchy patches of skin as well. These work with different levels of effectiveness; ask your doctor for a recommendation for your particular case.
In the case of vitiligo, the condition is degenerative and progressive. This means that it's difficult to control or reverse the progression of damage done as a result of vitiligo. In these cases, there are few treatments that will actually work to slow the disease itself. Instead, different measures are allowed to help mask or hide the symptoms as your skin pigment changes. Laser treatments can help to address these issues, and there are also different types of ointments as well. However, none of these are generally permanent either. In the case of vitiligo, which is a very rare condition, you should work closely with a doctor in order to be sure that you're adequately protecting your skin from sun damage and other issues that may affect you as well.
For more information about either vitiligo or rosacea, check in with your doctor about the best ways of treating either condition.