One of the most “mysterious” skin conditions is rosacea. Even experts know very little about rosacea, making it seem scarier and more difficult to treat than it actually is. With this post, I will try to debunk the rumors and answer your questions surrounding rosacea.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that exhibits many symptoms, including redness and pimples on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. Although rosacea is often presented as one condition, there are actually four subtypes of rosacea that present themselves with unique characteristics and symptoms. These symptoms include small, visible blood vessels or easily irritated skin.
Although rosacea is not physically harmful, it is known to cause significant social, psychological and occupational issues due to its bright, acne-like appearance and tendency to cause discomfort. There is no cure for rosacea; however, there are many skin care treatments and skin care ingredients available that help to reduce the redness, inflammation and breakouts caused by rosacea, leading to a healthier-looking complexion.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, although there are many theories on the subject. Some believe it to be caused by easily dilated blood vessels, while others blame skin bacteria, follicle irritation, sun damage or even psychological factors. Whatever the cause, it is important to remember that rosacea is not contagious, nor is it related to poor hygiene. In addition, while excessive drinking may exacerbate rosacea symptoms, it is not directly caused by alcohol consumption.
Throughout the ongoing research into the causes of and potential cures for rosacea, experts have found many trigger factors that can aggravate rosacea symptoms. These triggers include emotional stress, extreme weather conditions, sun exposure, alcohol, spicy food and aggressive skin care products. In addition, anything that generally causes flushing or overheating in normal complexions, such as exercise, hot baths or dehydration, has a tendency to induce rosacea flare-ups.
Two of the most effective and comforting treatments for rosacea are proper skin care and the use of a sunscreen moisturizer with an SPF 15 or greater. The latter of the two works by blocking UV rays, which can irritate rosacea-prone skin, while restoring moisture to the skin, which helps alleviate the dryness and roughness that often accompanies rosacea.
When choosing skincare treatments for rosacea-prone skin, make sure to keep an eye on the ingredient lists. Some of the most common skin care ingredients, such as alcohol, witch hazel, salicylic acid, menthol, and peppermint oil, are known to further irritate rosacea. Is it also important to choose fragrance-free formulas, as synthetic fragrances are said to cause more allergic contact dermatitis than any other ingredient used in skincare cosmetics.