Rosacea – What Is It And How Do You Treat It?
Rosacea is a non-contagious skin condition that most often appears on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. Sometimes rosacea has a mild effect that makes it appear as though a person is constantly blushing. However, sometimes rosacea is more severe, making it appear as though a person is constantly flushed, with red areas that are significantly more apparent. Below are some of the most common questions asked in regards to rosacea.
What Are The Most Common Symptoms Of Rosacea?
As with most of the skin conditions, rosacea can be either mild or more severe. Some of the most common symptoms include experiencing any of the following on the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, and sometimes even eyes:
- Persistent redness
- Visible blood vessels
- Small cysts and/or pimples
- Over time, the skin may also thicken, and appear to be dry 6 even if skin is not dry.
What Causes Rosacea?
Unfortunately, the exact cause of rosacea is not clear, but there are certain triggers that you should try to avoid once rosacea is present.
- Excessively cold temperatures
- Excessively hot temperatures
- Excessively hot conditions such as a hot shower, hot bath, or steam room
- Hot flashes related to menopause
- High winds
- Alcohol consumption
- Spicy foods
- Excessive stress
- Use of facial steroid creams
How Long Will A Flare-Up Last?
There is no clear-cut answer as to how long a rosacea flare-up will last. If you have only mild rosacea, you may find it to be more apparent some days than others. What all rosacea flare-ups have in common, is that there will be times when some symptoms are more severe than others. For example, your blood vessels may always be more visible, but you may not always experience flushing, swelling, or cysts. Most who have rosacea will experience their symptoms for 10 or more years.
Will I Get Rosacea If My Mom Or Dad Has It?
As mentioned above, the cause of rosacea is unclear. That being said, approximately 40% of individuals who have rosacea also have a family member (not necessarily a parent) who also has the same diagnosis. Also keep in mind that rosacea in most common in adults over the age of 30-years-old.
How Can You Treat Rosacea?
As with just about any health condition, there is a multitude of ways you can treat rosacea. You can head to your local dermatologist for the latest in topical treatments, or an ophthalmologist if you are experiencing rosacea in your eyes. However, you may also want to combine natural healing alternatives as a part of managing your symptoms. For example, you may find that your rosacea flare-ups are more apparent when you consume certain foods. You may also choose to turn to soothing and calming topical treatments made from natural ingredients, as opposed to chemical-filled treatments. These include 100% natural products made from honey, rose petals, cherries, and orange blossoms to name a few.
What Is The Largest Challenge With Rosacea?
Whether you are experiencing a flare-up in your symptoms, or you are experiencing the additional redness related to your more visible blood vessels, one of the largest challenges with rosacea is often related to self-esteem. Not everyone is particularly sensitive to your symptoms, and it may take time getting used to the way your skin now looks in the mirror. While there are makeup products that can help to mask rosacea, you must be careful because some makeup and skincare products can actually make your symptoms worse.
If you have symptoms that you are concerned might be rosacea, head to a medical professional for a formal diagnosis, because there are many skin conditions with similar symptoms – many of which can be treated fairly quickly.
Do you have Rosacea? What is your biggest challenge living with Rosacea? What do you use, if anything, to help lessen the appearance? Do you have any tips or advice for others? Please leave any comments you may have below.
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