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An Introduction to Rosacea

As you know, I love to share the knowledge I have built up over the years with my blog readers. This time, I’ll share what I know about rosacea; keep an eye out for my next post, which will be all about how you can treat the condition.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that mainly presents itself on the face. The condition affects as many as 415 million people around the world, according to the British Journal of Dermatology. The condition is caused by blood vessel instability which results in flushed, bumpy skin.

Symptoms of rosacea tend to be redness on your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin, but others can also include increased skin sensitivity, dry skin and large pores. Often, symptoms present themselves for several weeks or months and then disappear for a short time.

What Causes Rosacea?

It is unknown what causes rosacea, but certain factors can definitely increase the risk of displaying symptoms, such as your diet. 

If you suffer from rosacea, it’s best to carefully consider what you eat, as your diet plays a significant role in your skin’s health. For example, these elements of your diet could be triggering your rosacea:

  • Alcohol — alcohol can weaken your immune system, which can make you more likely to suffer from rosacea.
  • Caffeine — by increasing circulation at the skin’s surface, caffeine can have the effect of aggravating the condition.
  • Spicy food — as heat also increases your skin’s circulation, the redness associated with rosacea can be triggered when eating spicy foods.

Can Anyone Get Rosacea?

While rosacea can affect almost everyone, certain things make you more likely to show symptoms. The condition is more common in women than men; however, men are more likely to suffer from severe rosacea.

Those with light, blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin are most likely to display symptoms of rosacea, as the redness associated with the condition is more noticeable. While harder to notice on darker skin tones, rosacea does still affect those with darker skin.

How Can You Treat Rosacea?

Rosacea itself cannot be cured, however, it can most definitely be treated to control the symptoms. For milder rosacea, treatments using azelaic acid have been shown to reduce symptoms within around 15 weeks. Azelaic acid has been shown to soothe inflammation, so it’s an excellent first step in treating rosacea.

If you’re suffering from a more severe case of rosacea, you might find that you’ll need to visit a GP or dermatologist to treat your condition. GPs can prescribe gels, treatments and antibiotics that can keep your symptoms under control, so, don’t hesitate to ask for advice.

While rosacea tends to be a harmless condition that people learn to live with, you might still want to treat your rosacea; if this is the case, you can book onto one of my free, virtual consultations to discuss your concerns and the treatments available to you. In the meantime, you can follow my Instagram here

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