What are the causes of rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin disorder that usually affects the skin on the face and results in redness and blushing on the nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin. For some people with rosacea, the redness gets more intense over time and could even include blood vessels becoming visible.
Unfortunately, the exact cause of rosacea is not currently known, but there are certain elements of the disease that have been identified. Many doctors believe that rosacea is related to a neurovascular disorder or immune system disorder. Studies also suggest that cancer, cardiovascular conditions, intestinal diseases, and rosacea may all have a genetic link. Additionally, the below factors may indicate a higher risk for developing rosacea:
- Being female
- Having fair skin
- Blushing easily
- Being middle-aged
What are the symptoms of rosacea?
Rosacea symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, and usually not all of the signs and symptoms listed below. However, those who suffer from rosacea always have at least one of the below symptoms:
- Flushing – Facial redness that comes on suddenly, similar to blushing
- Small red bumps – These resemble pimples or acne, but will not have whiteheads, blackheads, or pus
- Redness – Facial redness that looks like sunburn and doesn’t go away easily
- Blood vessels – Rosacea can cause blood vessels to become visible through the skin
Additionally, some of the below secondary symptoms of rosacea may also occur:
- Burning or stinging sensations in the face
- Rough or dry looking facial skin
- Thicknesses in the facial skin, often on the nose
- Irritated, watery, or bloodshot eyes
- Facial swelling
- Red, raised patches of skin on the face
What foods should you avoid if you have rosacea?
People who live with rosacea should understand how their diet can affect their symptoms, and make some adjustments to avoid rosacea flare ups caused by food. The following foods and drinks should be avoided if you suffer from rosacea:
- Hot tea or coffee
- Citrus fruits
- Certain spices
- Some vegetables
What foods help rosacea?
There are also certain foods that can help keep your rosacea in remission. These include:
- Goat cheese
- Non-citrus fruits
- Calming spices
- Some vegetables
- Green beans
- Sweet potatoes
How do you stop rosacea from progressing?
Rosacea prevention and management can be done by avoiding certain environmental factors that cause your rosacea to flare up. Work with your dermatologist to determine the best course of action for you, as triggers vary from person to person.
What causes rosacea flare ups?
Some of the general triggers that can cause rosacea flare ups include:
- Windy weather
- Cold weather
- Sun exposure
- Excessive exercise
- Hot drinks
- Certain skincare products
- Certain hair products
- Some makeups
- Certain medications
- Hot foods
- Spicy foods
Can rosacea be cured?
Currently, there is no known cure for rosacea. However, there are numerous treatment options that are available from your dermatologist and can help keep your rosacea in remission and controlled.
What is the best rosacea treatment?
Your treatment for rosacea will vary depending on your specific symptoms, so you’ll need to discuss your treatment options with your dermatologist. Some of the possible treatment options for rosacea could include:
Topical medications or oral medications may be prescribed by your doctor in order to treat pimples, redness, bumps, and other symptoms of rosacea. This can help improve the look of your skin and keep your symptoms under control.
Surgical procedures to remove blood vessels, reduce redness, or remove excess skin on the nose can be performed to help limit the visible signs of rosacea.
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