Some people are more prone to developing this skin condition than others. In particular, Caucasians with fair skin are more prone to getting rosacea than people of other ethnicities with darker skin.
Ordinarily, the average person can experience redness of the skin due to many reasons. Under normal conditions, the redness is temporary. However, for rosacea sufferers, the redness is persistent. How can you tell if the redness on the skin is caused by rosacea or if it is caused by another skin condition?
There are symptoms that are common among rosacea sufferers. One common symptom is persistent redness around the nose and cheek areas. The redness can be accompanied by broken capillaries that can be seen on the surface of the skin that look like red spidery veins. Sometimes the skin is red and bumpy. People often mistaken rosacea for a acne breakout, but acne is accompanied by pimples, and rosacea is not.
Is the skin of a rosacea sufferer particularly sensitive? In most cases, that seems to be true. The redness on the skin is often accompanied by a burning sensation. It can sting to the touch. The skin can also feel warm to the touch.
Because of the hypersensitivity of the skin, people with rosacea should take measures in avoiding environmental conditions and lifestyles that can irritate the skin and trigger a flare-up.
For example, the person should always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen before going outside. The sunscreen has to be formulated for sensitive skin because certain ingredients can irritate rosacea skin.
A wide-brimmed hat should be worn as well. Ideally, the person should stay out of the sun between the hours of 10am to 4pm, but that is often not practical. Therefore, sun protection must be worn as a precaution. Rosacea can spread to the ears, neck and back areas as well. So sun protection should be provided for any areas exposed to the sun in addition to the facial areas.
Certain lifestyle choices can make the blood vessels dilate and trigger a flare-up. Eating spicy foods is one of them. Eating foods at a hot temperature is another. These foods have a tendency to make the blood vessel dilate and the body perspire. The skin can react and become flushed due to the rush of blood to the skin surface. Therefore, when making food choices, a rosacea sufferer should avoid spicy foods. Dishes at a hot temperature, like soups, should be cooled down before consumption.
Alcohol should be avoided if possible. Alcohol dilates blood vessels and warms the blood. This can trigger a rosacea flare-up. Physical activity can raise the temperature of the body.
When the body is excessively warm, rosacea can be triggered. Therefore, physical activity should be tapered down to prevent the body from overexertion.
Rosacea skin can be sensitive to environment conditions like the wind and extremely cold air, especially during the winter season. Therefore, a scarf should be worn to protect the face when going outside. When inside, care must be taken to not get too close to a fireplace. The dry heat from the warm flames can irritate sensitive rosacea skin.
Care must be taken when selecting cosmetic products and skin lotions. The products must be formulated for rosacea skin or very sensitive skin. They must be hypoallergenic. In fact, it is often better if not too much make-up is applied on rosacea skin because the combination of ingredients can be harsh on the skin. There are make-up products formulated especially for rosacea skin. Those should be explored and sampled so that the right products can be used.
Medical researchers continue their efforts in finding the exact cause of rosacea. For now, there are some clues that can lead to possible causes. There may be a gene that runs in the family that can make a person more prone to rosacea.
A type of microscopic skin mite may play a role in causing flare-ups because research has shown rosacea sufferers to have a higher amount of these skin mites on their skin than people without rosacea. People who suffer from acne may experience rosacea as well, and it is often difficult to separate the two if both occur at the same time.
Although rosacea has no cure, certain lifestyle changes can help reduce the number of flare ups. A healthy diet with plenty of green, leafy vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins promotes healthy body and skin.
Certain natural supplements have anti-inflammatory properties, like omega-3 supplements, that may benefit rosacea sufferers. Every person’s skin will react differently to treatments. Because rosacea skin is very sensitive, one must be take precautions to treat rosacea skin with care.