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Rosacea Basics

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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes red flushing in the face. Tertiary effects include sweating, inflammation, and sometimes nose enlargement or eyes will be affected in rare cases. Close to 13 million people in North America suffer from Rosacea, and is a condition that is more common in those with a fair skin color, often being referred to as the “Curse of the Celts.”

Identifying Rosacea:

Rosacea commonly starts between the ages of 20 and 40. Blushing can often cause persistent redness in the face. Blood vessels lines may become prominent on the face, and pimple like red spots may appear on the face. The eyes may feel gritty, and the skin may feel thicker.

Treating Rosacea:

Rosacea is a chronic condition, and there is, at this time, no cure for it. However, this condition is not life-threatening, and the milder forms of Rosacea are often left untreated. There are many everyday skincare and maintenance techniques that will help greatly in reducing the symptoms of Rosacea. For many cases, there are factors or triggers that cause flushing or a flaring of Rosacea. Simply avoiding these triggers will help greatly. The following lists will provide you with some simple ways to reduce the symptoms of Rosacea:

Proper Skin Care:

  • Avoid hot water, rough towels and loofahs, as these dry the skin
  • Astringents, toners, and exfoliating agents should also be avoided
  • If you have dandruff, take proper care, as they often coexist with Rosacea

Avoid heating and other aggravating factors:

  • Avoid exposure to extreme weather
  • Topical steroids and medication that expand blood vessels should be avoided if possible
  • Hot foods, hot drinks, or alcohol can aggravate the condition
  • Certain cosmetics can have negative effects
  • Vigorous exercise in a hot environment can aggravate Rosacea
  • Avoid dehydration

Cover and Cosmetics:

Many cosmetics cover up redness of the skin.

Support:

  • Rosacea is a common condition, and many support groups exist.

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