Have you noticed that your face has started to get bumps that look like acne and your skin is often red? Has it only happened to you at a later age – around 30 years old?
The chances are you have a skin condition called rosacea.
How to identify rosacea?
- Redness on your cheeks, chin, forehead, nose and even sometimes on your neck, ears or chest.
- Stinging or burning sensation on your affected areas.
- Broken blood vessels
- Rough, dry skin
- Large pores
- Eye irritation
- Pimples that look a bit like acne (without white or blackheads) mostly on your cheeks
What should I do if I have Rosacea?
What is the cause?
The culprit is probably in your family tree for this because, yes, rosacea looks like it runs in the family. However, doctors don’t actually know the causes of rosacea.
There are a few factors besides family genes that might cause it:
Bacteria: Not any bacteria but, specifically a bacteria called H. pylori-that can be found in the gut. It can play a role in the cause of rosacea, particularly the development of Rosacea pimples.
Hyper-sensitive immune system: Flushing Rosacea (a great deal of redness on your skin) is associated with heightened sensitivity to changes in temperature and it is believed that this is caused by a hypersensitive immune system, but the cause of the inflammation remains a mystery.
What triggers symptoms?
We know that a number of things can exacerbate the symptoms:
- Exposure to the sun
- Emotional stress
- (Extreme) Temperature/weather and wind
- Alcohol (although in good news for people who enjoy the occasional drink, we’re increasingly unsure about this one)
- Spicy food/hot drinks
- Hot baths
While it is unfortunate that there is no cure for rosacea, and that your parents may be responsible for you having it – you should be able to manage it well with a simple 3 step program. 1) Avoid your triggers, 2) using an evidence-based skincare regime and 3) a visit to your doctor for some advice on possible prescription medication.
If you want to see how we helped Helen manage her Rosacea check this article: Identifying Rosacea and Managing It.
- Identifying Rosacea and Managing it
- How can I tell if I have acne or rosacea?
- Method to tackle pimples
- Rosacea runs in the family: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6281021/
- What is the cause of rosacea?: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5020118/
- Bacteria in the development of rosacea pimple: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6042414/
- Hyper-sensitive immune system: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5020118/
- Symptoms: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0801/p435.html