Do you struggle with regular, or the occasional, rosacea flare-up? Here’s what might be causing it and how to soothe your symptoms.
Do you suffer from rosacea? You are not alone. According to the government, over 14 million Americans are living with rosacea. Onset is usually between 30 and 50 years old, but it is starting to become more common in younger people. It is most common in women who have a fair complexion. Often underdiagnosed and misunderstood, if rosacea is left untreated it can negatively impact a patient’s quality of life and can be a source of discomfort. Being mindful of triggers and using the right products can help to keep this condition under control.
Taking note of triggers
Many things – both external and internal – can cause a rosacea flare-up and this is specific to the individual. There are, however, some triggers that are incredibly common among patients. Some well-known triggers include sunlight, caffeine, alcohol, hot drinks, and spicy food. Weather changes and stress can also lead to redness and visible blood vessels.
The cause of this condition is unknown. It could be due to an overactive immune system, genetics, environmental factors or all three. Rosacea often goes hand-in-hand with acne just to add to your skin woes.
Soothe your skin
When you experience a rosacea flare-up, there are several things you can do to soothe it. Drink enough water to keep your body cool and hydrated. Several skincare brands make products using ingredients chosen for their ability to calm redness. A fragrance-free moisturiser can also help, as can some aloe vera gel.
If these solutions don’t keep your rosacea under control, there are prescription gels and creams that are effective that can be obtained via your dermatologist. Laser treatment can also help reduce redness on the face as well as blood vessels.
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