Do You Have Rosacea? Here’s What You Need To Know.
Have you ever thought about the sheer vulnerability of human life?
We know, that’s quite a philosophical question. But…
We think of ourselves as this superior creature, ready to defend any obstacles and to defy nature.
Once in a while, we get a reminder that there’s so much about us we don’t know. Scientists embark on a journey of a lifetime, quite possibly with no discoveries, to help us understand who we are, what can happen to us, and how to prevent it from putting us in danger.
Rosacea is one of the peculiar abnormalities that appear on our skin. Doctors have yet to discover the reason it develops.
But in today’s blog post, we’re going to unravel some of the assumptions about why we’re affected by it, the information you need to identify it, and what you can do to ease the symptoms.
Ok, but… What’s rosacea?
If you’re asking this question, it probably means you’re one of the lucky people who don’t have to deal with this skin condition. However, we strongly recommend reading on to understand how you can help your friend or even yourself later.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Rosacea (roe-ZAY-she-uh) is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. It may also produce small, red, pus-filled bumps.
Rosacea affects up to 20% of the population (predominantly women, but men are found to be more frequently affected by the development of red pimples). It’s more common for light-skinned middle-aged women (30+ y.o.) to develop rosacea.
There’s no clear cure for rosacea, but there are several measures you can take to keep it under control so it doesn’t worsen over time.
How do I know I have rosacea?
As you can probably notice, rosacea has very similar symptoms to acne or a simple redness on the skin. However, rosacea’s symptoms are much more durable and intensive.
- Skin thickening - which is caused by an excess of skin tissue. This usually happens around the nose and causes rhinophyma (the nose appearing enlarged).
- Flushing - this can spread down to the neck and chest, and the skin feels unusually hot and sensitive.
- Red skin bumps and pimples - these are like acne and may contain pus.
- Spider veins - visible, enlarged blood vessels in the center of the face.
- Eye irritation - this is probably one of the worst symptoms. Rosacea can cause swelling, excessive redness, pain, and even sight problems.
- Dry skin and stinging sensation
Bottom line: rosacea is more complex and long-lasting than acne. If you have rosacea, you can also go through flare-ups of up to a few weeks.
What can trigger it?
As we mentioned, experts don’t know what causes rosacea, but we do have some ideas about what contributes to its development:
- dairy products and/or alcohol consumption
- extensive sunlight exposure
- extremely hot or cold temperatures
- some medications (i.e. blood pressure drugs)
What can I do to help my skin?
While there’s no cure for rosacea, experts highly recommend treatment in order for it to not get worse over time - because it could.
Here’s what you can do to ease the symptoms:
- Apply sunscreen - at least SPF 30.
- Treat your face gently - don’t rub it or touch it too often, especially when you haven’t properly cleaned your hands.
- Avoid damaging skincare products - the skincare industry is full of toxic products, with harsh ingredients that do more harm than good. Look for natural, sustainable products to help both your skin AND the environment.
- Moisturise - keep your skin hydrated, as dryness is a symptom of rosacea.
- Prioritize your wellbeing - the causes of rosacea have a lot to do with stress and anxiety. Therefore, we invite you to remember that nothing is worth damaging your mental health for, and you have the power to choose yourself over any stress factors. We encourage you to live your best life in comfort and happiness. You deserve it.
- Consult with your dermatologist to figure out the best medications that could help you.
Rosacea is definitely a condition that can give us a hard time. While we do everything to keep it under control, we will go through periods of flare-ups that will seem never-ending.
In that regard, we want to remind you you’re a beautiful being. You deserve to have an immense love for your body, no matter what.
If you’re going through a rosacea flare-up, you can’t assume that hating it will do any good. Instead, give your body the nurture and love it deserves. It will help tremendously.
You’re never alone. And we’ll be here to remind you of that whenever you need it.
People are sharing their rosacea flare-ups over on Instagram in an effort to reduce stigma around this skin condition. Have a look and support this powerful and important campaign: #rosaceanofilter
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