What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a skin disease that primarily affects fair-skinned individuals between the ages of 35 and 65. It is not a form of acne or infection and is a result from chronic inflammation and abnormal blood vessels that are responding to dilating stimuli. Rosacea appears as blemishes that may be red in color. It cannot be cured, but it can be managed. There are five types of rosacea:

  • Redness of the face
  • Red bumps or pimples
  • Flushing / blushing
  • Skin thickening and redness
  • Eye irritation

Causes

There are environmental, physical and emotional factors that can be avoided in order to prevent flare ups:

  • Drinking alcohol or caffeine
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Eating chocolate
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Long sun exposure – including driving or sitting next to a window
  • Stress
  • Wind

Treatments

Since rosacea can only be managed, it is best to seek a medical provider in order to asses which treatment options will work best for your individual needs and skin type.