We’ve all had them; Those ‘red-in-the-face’ embarrassing moments. For those of us who survived raising young children, they were probably more frequent than we would care to recall. But what if that facial redness isn’t from a simple, obvious cause? Rosacea, which is a relatively common condition, could be the cause if you are experiencing chronic facial redness.
This skin condition, though there is no cure at this time, can be easily managed with good medical care. There are many treatment options available, both medicinal and natural.
Why do people get Rosacea?
Rosacea has no empirically proven cause at this time; though there are many solid theories. One of those theories points to a vascular disorder. After all, it’s those tiny blood vessels near the skin’s surface that dilate and cause the redness we experience in those embarrassing moments we talked about above.
Mediated by the nervous system, this involuntary response is usually the result of an emotional trigger like stress. Now, this makes sense where the redness is concerned, but what about the swelling? Well, Dermatologists believe that this increased blood flow also increases the fluid in the surrounding tissue, and the lymphatic system has a hard time removing it.
Other factors, like bacteria, and even the tiny Demodex folliculorum mite, are considered possible causes. Research into the causes and treatment of Rosacea is ongoing, and your Dermatologist will likely have the most current information at their disposal.
Symptoms and Risk Factors
Also, aside from the visible facial flushing, other symptoms can sometimes occur in a person affected by Rosacea. Some sufferers have reported red bumps or small cysts on the affected area, and others have even indicated a burning sensation.
For a skilled Dermatologist, diagnosing Rosacea is typically pretty straightforward. However, other conditions could mimic its appearance. It is a great first step to rule out conditions like Lupus, Dermatitis, and Staph infections.
At first, your symptoms may come and go for a period. This is a fairly common initial presenting pattern. However, you will likely notice the skin fails to return to its normal color. Eventually, however, you will likely begin to see the enlarged blood vessels and pimples that are the hallmarks of this condition.
Managing your Condition
As we discussed earlier, treating Rosacea is possible and can minimize the impact it has on your life. In addition to treatment, there are some changes you can make to your diet and skin care routine that may minimize flare-ups.
Far from an exhaustive list, avoiding the following can certainly help.
It is often recommended to avoid foods such as:
- Dairy (Yogurt, Sour Cream and Cheese)
- Soy Sauce
- Yeast extract
- Certain vegetables like eggplants, avocados, and spinach
- Citrus Fruit
Try to remove these items, or products containing them, from your skin care routine:
- Witch Hazel
- Eucalyptus oil
- Clove oil
- Salicylic acid
Not all of these items will affect everyone in the same way. Keep track of what does and doesn’t bother you, and adjust accordingly.
Also, avoiding sun exposure and always using sunblock with an SPF of 15 or higher, is recommended. Be sure that whatever you use doesn’t sting or further irritate your skin. Avene skin care products like their DAY Redness Relief also contains sunblock, so in addition to all of its other benefits, you are protecting your skin from the sun as well!
Treatments for Rosacea
Dermatologists have many options at their disposal when it comes to treating Rosacea. Depending on your individual case, they may prescribe an initial combination of oral antibiotics and topical creams to get your Rosacea under control, or they may just start off with a topical treatment.
Common antibiotics used in the treatment of Rosacea are Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Minocycline, and Amoxicillin. These work to eliminate possible bacterial causes, and have also been shown to reduce the inflammation and pimples common with this condition. As Always, discuss the possible side-effects of antibiotics with your Dermatologist.
Some individuals have had success using natural remedies to support the therapies prescribed by their Dermatologist. Always ask your Doctor before trying these natural remedies, as they can aggravate rosacea in some individuals.
The Dermatologists of the Hecker Dermatology Group have had great success in treating their Rosacea patients with products from the Avene line of skin care products. So, if you find yourself dealing with the uncomfortable facial redness of Rosacea, you can rest easy. There are many treatments available, and it is a condition that is manageable. Hecker Dermatology group has two locations to serve you, reach out to them today.