Millions of Americans suffer from rosacea, a chronic skin condition characterized by redness of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead or eyelids, as well as dryness and tightness of the skin. There is no known cure for rosacea, but there are many ways to identify possible triggers and ways to avoid flare-ups. Symptoms vary from person to person, but people who suffer from rosacea can learn about the condition and look for patterns in their own skin health to help treat the problem.
Dr. Murad recommends the following tips to help you identify rosacea. Fortunately, people who suffer from the disease can manage and treat the condition, which helps boost their self-esteem.
What is rosacea?
- Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition characterized by flare-ups of enlarged blood vessels in the face, resulting in a flushed appearance. Symptoms include facial redness, bumps and pimples, skin thickening and eye irritation.
- Rosacea is NOT acne, although its symptoms can be similar to acne which sometimes results in a misunderstanding about the skin condition. Rosacea often occurs in adults, and can include acne-like bumps that are often mistaken for actual acne. However, the symptoms of redness, enlarged blood vessels and thickened skin are distinctive to rosacea.
How do you manage and treat the disease?
- Look at the body as a whole, instead of isolating the symptoms of rosacea, and treat it Inclusively through Topical care, Internal care and a healthy Sense of Self.
- Use a moisturizer with hydrators, anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and an SPF every day. The sun can irritate rosacea-prone skin and cause flare-ups.
- Use a mild cleanser and avoid products that can over-exfoliate or irritate the skin.
- Stay cool and out of the heat, as higher temperatures can aggravate rosacea. When working out, try to do so in the early morning when weather is cooler. And keep cool by getting fresh air or running a fan when indoors.
- Monitor your diet. Certain foods may irritate the condition including tomatoes, spinach, chocolate, eggplant, some cheeses and citrus fruits. Identify the foods that affect you by tracking what you eat and evaluating how your skin reacts.
- Lower the spice level in your diet. Spicy foods can trigger inflammation. Look for less active seasonings like paprika, black pepper, thyme, ginger and turmeric to add extra flavor to your meals.
- Try not to use hot water when showering, keeping the water as cool as you can tolerate. This will help prevent aggravating your skin.
Don’t get down on yourself!
- Rosacea is a skin condition that affects millions—you’re not alone. Since the condition affects personal appearance, some patients may lose self-confidence. Watch your skin closely and learn what triggers your own personal flare-ups. The good news: Rosacea can be treated and controlled by taking care of yourself. Everything in the body is connected, so naturally a sense of balance and enhanced well-being will be reflected in your overall health and in your skin.