What Is Rosacea? February 16 2014, 1 Comment

Rosacea is a common skin condition that generally affects people over the age of thirty. Rosacea causes inflamed breakouts of the face. Some people get small bumps and pimples. Generally, people experience redness of the area around the cheeks and forehead. The breakouts can also cause a sensation of burning and soreness in the area. Rarely, people with Rosacea can sustain permanent thickening of facial skin and loss of vision. Most people, however, only experience wrinkles, blackheads, oily skin, red bumps and inflammation.

What Causes Rosacea?

Rosacea is caused by some irritation in the skin and occurs mostly in people with fair skin who tend to blush fairly rosaceaeasily. It is not certain what the true cause is but Rosacea tends to be worsened by sun and wind exposure, hot weather, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot baths. It also tends to run in families. People with Rosacea, must be very careful about what products they use, especially on and around their faces, this can also include hair products.

People who have Rosacea should steer clear of products that contain fragrances both natural and synthetic. Both of these can cause irritation and flare ups in people with Rosacea. Also watch out for products that contain Alcohol and Witch Hazel

If you have Rosacea you may need to adjust your skincare routine. People with Rosacea should:

  • Use sunscreen and moisturizer on your face every day. It is very important to keep rosaceous skin as protected and hydrated as possible.

  • Find out what triggers your rosacea flare ups and avoid it. This could be food, drink, or cosmetics.

  • Avoid using products with harsh or irritating ingredients. These will only aggravate your rosacea, possibly, making it worse.

  • Use products that are made for sensitive skin and products that will reduce inflammation.

  • Take special care of your eyes. You should take the time to wash the area around your eyes with a warm wet cloth several times a day. You may even need to use artificial tears if your eyes feel dry.

  • Use unscented products full of vitamins and antioxidants to promote healthy skin.

The gentle treatment of your skin will help to reduce redness as well as the frequency of your breakouts. You should also talk to your doctor or dermatologist about further treatment. There are several medications that can be prescribed by a doctor in order to reduce inflammation. There are also antibiotics that can help with the breakouts and eye drops that can help with the dry eyes often associated with Rosacea. Talking to a doctor can help you find the products and start the regimen that you need to protect your unique skin.