Rosacea is a common skin condition, especially in individuals over the age of thirty. Your skin is a major factor in your overall appearance, so a skin condition can make you feel self conscious and less confident in social or work situations. Rosacea was once believed to be caused by alcohol abuse, but that theory has long been disproved. Although alcohol, among other things, can cause rosacea flare up. Managing the sensitive skin that goes along with this skin condition means that you should only use the highest quality skin care products. Cheap, drugstore cosmetics could actually worsen your conditions.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea causes redness on the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Sometimes the redness is accompanied by pimples and bumps. Although the cause of rosacea is still debatable, there seems to be some genetic factors involved. It is more likely to occur with people who have fairer skin and tend to color easily.
Symptoms of Rosacea:
● Coarse and thick skin, often bumpy
● Dry, sensitive skin
● Burning or stinging sensation on the skin
● Redness on the chin, forehead, cheeks and nose
● Breakouts of pimples and small bumps
● Red, dry, and irritated eyes
What Causes a Flare Up?
Rosacea symptoms can happen on various degrees of severity. When the symptoms suddenly worsen, this is called a flare up. Flare ups happen whenever something makes the blood vessels expand. This makes the face redden. There are many things that could trigger a flare up like exercise, hot weather, stress, the sun, new beauty products, even spicy foods.
How to Treat and Care for Rosacea
Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure for this skin condition, but symptoms can be controlled by medicine and treatments. Some prescription medicines used to control symptoms include antibiotic pills and topical creams which contain metronidazole and azelaic acid.
Since part of the redness is due to tiny blood vessels, an intense pulsed light laser can be used to reduce redness. You can protect dry and sensitive skin by always wearing sunscreen, even during the winter months and using high quality moisturizers. Redness and irritation of the eyes can be soothed with eye drops or artificial tears.
Flare Up Prevention
You should keep track of when flare up occur and any possible triggers that may have caused it, this includes what you were doing, if you are eating a nutritious, skin-friendly diet, and where you were. This way you will know what to avoid in the future. Treat your skin like the sensitive skin it is. Use only top quality products and always remember to wear a broad spectrum sun screen.
If you take the time to visit the doctor and understand this skin condition, you will be better able to control the symptoms.