rosacea skin condition
Rosacea Skin Condition
Rosy cheeks or Rosacea? In its most subtle form, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a blushing glow and Rosacea Skin Condition. However, those living with Rosacea skin condition, officially known as Keratosis Pilaris, will admit that it feels anything but healthy.
When flaming red, patchy skin spreading from the cheeks to the nose, chin, forehead and other parts of the face or body just won’t fade, this is one of the most obvious signs that you may have Rosacea. As if suffering through the misery of acne during teenage years wasn’t bad enough, Rosacea is a common adult skin condition, especially in fair skinned women over the age of 25. Rosacea is the inflammation of skin, causing raised tiny bumps, pimples, visible blood vessels, broken capillaries, dilated and enlarged pores, effecting skin tone and texture. It might even feel painful and itchy in extreme cases.
Triggers of Rosacea
Let’s take a closer look at some of the obvious causes of rosacea skin flare-ups.
Diet – Certain foods such as strong spices, shellfish, peanuts, eggplant and avocado are known to cause blood vessels to expand. Monitoring your skin reactions after eating these foods might help pinpoint which ones are causing you to flush, helping you modify, reduce or even completely eliminate these foods from your diet.
Stress – While we all live with some healthy stresses in our daily lives, specifically stressful events or tense situations can contribute to your Rosacea. Although there are sometimes no solutions to avoid these moments, calming your nerves by taking deep breaths, drinking a glass of cold water and temporarily removing yourself from the situation may help reduce your stress levels.
Skin care – Maintaining a hygienic skincare routine is a must to combat Rosacea. Reaction to some active ingredients found in facial cleansers and moisturizers might be the culprits behind the redness. Use gentle hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), perfume and dye free skincare products, with soothing ingredients like aloe, vitamin B and chamomile.
Lifestyle – Things you do as a part of your daily routine and lifestyle choices may also be a factor in your battle against redness. Consumption of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, as well as being out in the sun or lying on tanning beds all are key triggers to causing further redness.
Living with this sometimes embarrassing skin condition can be, well, embarrassing. But it doesn’t have to be. Make an appointment with your dermatologist for a valid diagnosis and learn how to manage, take care and control of your skin, as best as you can.
As a general rule of thumb, be careful of what you put on your face. For women, choose makeup that specifically targets sensitive skin and look for medium to full coverage to hide and conceal redness, camouflage blemishes and even out skin tone. For men, shave with care to avoid razor bumps, cuts and scrapes. Avoid long periods of exposure to the sun, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen.