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Rosacea: Understanding The Condition And Knowing Your Options

It’s a sign of health and good spirits to have rosy cheeks but you might notice that sometimes, your face seems a littletoo rosy. For way too long. Maybe it only comes out occasionally or maybe you’ve been noticing that your skin seems to look redder each year.

If you’ve noticed this, you might have rosacea.

Rosacea is a skin condition that can affect people of all ages, but is most commonly found in women between the ages of 30 and 50, especially if they’re of northwestern European heritage. It’s characterized most often by dilated blood vessels on the skin, giving the skin anything from a light flush to a deep red color.

Taking care of your skin is obviously important. Your skin is what keeps you together, after all, and works all kinds of wonders for your body! Keeping your skin safe from the sun to prevent damage and checking for signs of skin cancerare the obvious choices, but there’s a lot more that goes on with your skin.

Read on to see what rosacea is all about and the steps you can take to soothe it.

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What Is Rosacea?

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Rosacea is a skin condition characterized by dilated blood vessels that give the face, and sometimes other parts of the body, a flushed appearance.

More extreme cases can also result in acne-like bumps on the skin, swelling, and burning or stinging sensations.

Sometimes, rosacea is permanent, but many people experience flare-ups of it from time to time.

What Causes Rosacea?

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No one is sure of the exact cause of rosacea and flare-ups will sometimes be caused by different things for different people.

Commonly, rosacea is found in people with fair skin tones and affects women about three times more so than men.

Triggers for flare-ups commonly include spicy food, strenuous activity, alcohol, extreme temperatures, caffeine, and some medications.

Other theories link rosacea to Demodex mites (the little guys who live on your eyelashes) and to bacteria in the small intestine.

How Can I Manage My Rosacea?
Rosacea Tip #1: Keep A Journal

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Rosacea can’t be cured, but it can be managed.

The first thing to do is to keep a journal of your skin’s flare-ups. If you notice your face is red or sensitive one day, make a list of your activities, and what you’ve eaten and drunk that day.

In time, you may start to see a pattern emerge. If you notice that an extra cup of coffee appears on days when your skin reacts, then caffeine may be one of your triggers.

Rosacea Tip #2: Protect Your Skin From The Sun

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You should be doing this anyway, especially if you have light skin.

But if you have rosacea, you need to do it even more! Wear sunblock regularly and stay in the shade.

Heat and strong sunlight can aggravate rosacea, and even if it doesn’t, your skin will turn red anyway!

Rosacea Tip #3: Avoid Excess Alcohol

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Alcohol intake is one of the most common triggers for rosacea flare-ups.

If you have rosacea, a glass of wine will do more than give you a temporary flush from the alcohol.

Your best bet is to monitor your alcohol intake and keep it to a minimum. If you want to indulge, red wine is the drink that most often triggers symptoms, so opt for something else.

Rosacea Tip #4: Cut Down On Chocolate

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We know… This just keeps getting worse, right?

Like red wine, chocolate is one of the most common triggers of rosacea, so limit your intake.Try another sweet treat instead.

Rosacea Tip #5: Use Gentle Facial Cleansers

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It can be easy to fall into the habit of over-scrubbing your skin, especially if you’ve dealt with acne or oily skin earlier in life.

But your face is a sensitive place even without rosacea, so be gentle when cleaning it.

Look for cleansers specially formulated for sensitive skin, and avoid anything that dries your skin out too much or contains alcohol.

Dryness and vigorous rubbing can exacerbate rosacea symptoms.

Rosacea Tip #6: Cleanse With White Vinegar

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It seems counterintuitive, but a diluted white vinegar was has shown to disinfect and gently cleanse the skin.

Mix one part white vinegar to six parts water and gently apply to the face.

However, vinegar can also trigger symptoms in some people.

So before you rub it all over your face, test it out on a small area of skin to make sure it doesn’t do more harm than good.

Rosacea Tip #7: Try A Green Tea Soak

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If vinegar doesn’t work for you or if you just don’t want to smell like vinegar, try green tea instead.

Let green tea bags steep for a few minutes, then remove from water, place in a bowl, and pop them in the fridge to cool. You can apply them to your skin like a compress.

Alternatively, you can look for skin care products with green tea as an ingredient.

Rosacea Tip #8: Try A Green-Tinted Coverup

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Sometimes, your skin will flare up and you’ll want to hide inside all day.

When this happens, you can mask the appearance of redness by using a green-tinted coverupunder your foundation.

Lightly dab it on the affected areas, then blend into your foundation.

Don’t overdo it, of course, unless you like looking like the Wicked Witch of the West.

Rosacea Tip #9: Take A Deep Breath

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Even more so than the sun, booze, and chocolate, stress is a major factor in rosacea and many people experience flare-ups during emotionally trying times.

Take a deep breath, and work on remaining calm and managing your stress.

Rosacea Tip #10: Consider Medical Treatments

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If you find that your rosacea is really bringing you down, or isvery severe, talk to your doctor or a dermatologist about possible treatments.

These treatments are not cures, but they can greatly reduce the symptoms.

Treatments include laser and pulsed light treatments that can close off dilated blood vessels and reduce redness.

There are also a number of topical medications that can ease symptoms, too.

If you have rosacea, consider these tips for managing it, and let us know if you have a special way of dealing with outbreaks that we didn’t cover!

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