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Understanding Rosacea

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Rosacea is a common non-contagious skin disorder which affects more than 16 million Americans. Although common, it is a poorly understood skin disorder. Rosacea usually appears are redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, with small visible blood vessels on the face, bumps or pimples on the face, and watery or irritated eyes. Rosacea symptoms often appear in white males and females, typically between the ages of 30 and 50. However, rosacea does seem to impact women more so than men.

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, however the following factors have shown to play a role in rosacea:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Heredity
  • Stomach dyspepsia (indigestion, upset stomach)
  • Helicobacter pylori infection (a bacteria found in the stomach which can cause mild to very severe digestive problems)
  • Seborrhea (flaking on the face and neck)
  • Endocrine disorders
  •  Vitamin deficiency
  • Liver disease
  • Stress-related causes

Let’s go over some very important stressors, as these are very important factors in trying to control or reduce rosacea outbreaks:

  • Spicy foods
  • Drinking hot beverages
  • Caffeine
  • Emotional stress
  • Excessive heat
  • Excessive exposure to the sun
  • Foods that contain histamine or cause the body to release histamine ( such as eggs, shellfish, fish, strawberries, pineapple, tomatoes)
  • Medications, such as steroids

Rosacea on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead and may come and go. As this skin disorder progresses, it becomes more persistent, with visible blood vessels showing. If left untreated, bumps and tiny pimples may develop along with redness ofthe face. This is known as Subtype 2 rosacea. In severe cases the skin may become swollen on the nose, known as Subtype 3 rosacea, or rhinophyma.

People who suffer from rosacea often complain of the following:

  • frequent flushing (usually on the t-zone and cheeks)
  • facial burning or stinging
  • facial itching

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