Hi there! Today’s Blogs is all about Rosacea on darker skin: What is it, Who has it, and most importantly, What causes rosacea, what are some of the common Rosacea triggers, How to treat it. I recently asked during a Facebook live event What’s your biggest skincare concern? in addition to the usual Acne and Acne Scars, psoriasis. I had quite a few requests for “How do I treat this Rosacea on my cheeks” and/or “How can I get a little bit of relief from Rosacea”. I decided it was time to write this post. I hope you are able to find some relief from today’s post.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that can cause sensitivity, excessive flushing, persistent redness, broken capillaries, and breakouts. Often times this condition is mistaken for allergies or acne. If left untreated, the condition can worsen. Symptoms often are triggered by certain behaviours, which are typically unique to the individual, so it’s important to understand the common triggers so you can treat the condition early.
Who has Rosacea?
According to the National Rosacea Society, the condition affects at least 16 million Americans. While rosacea can affect everyone, people with fairer skin who tend to blush or flush easily are at a greater risk. Your genetics could be a factor as well. People with British, Celtic, Eastern European, Asian and Native American heritage are more likely to have rosacea.
What causes rosacea? What are the common rosacea triggers?
There has been no conclusive determination as to the cause of rosacea. Theories suggest that increased blood flow and blood cell generation is linked to the condition, so it makes sense that temperature can be a trigger. Alcohol, spicy foods, hot beverages, saunas, and exercising can all trigger rosacea symptoms. Stress, smoking, certain medications and cosmetics, and aggressive exfoliation can also irritate the condition. The National Rosacea Society even lists 8% of people with rosacea being triggered by dairy products.
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How is rosacea treated?
While there is no cure for rosacea, there are ways to treat and reduce irritation and visibility. To take control of sensitive skin, it is important to calm skin and decrease redness and inflammation. Some individuals may need to seek the care of a dermatologist for prescription medications, but a comprehensive daily care regiment is still important.
Because rosacea flare-ups are unavoidable, it’s good to keep an arsenal of products handy that are calming and soothing skin. Anti-inflammatory topical ingredients that are effective in reducing the appearance of redness. Keeping your skin hydrated and protected from sun exposure is also key to controlling flare-ups. Never forget to leave the house without a broad spectrum SPF!
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