Rosy red cheeks may look cute on a little kid, but if you’re an adult suffering from rosacea, you are less likely to find them amusing. Medical science has yet to pin down an exact cause of rosacea or come up with a definitive rosacea cure but there are many possible factors that are believed to contribute to the condition that a person with the condition can watch for.
Some of these include:
- Hot foods and drinks
- Extreme weather
- Emotional shifts, such as anger or embarrassment
- Strenuous Exercise
- Some Blood Pressure medications
- Spicy foods
It also appears that rosacea may be hereditary and is most prevalent in middle aged women with fair skin. Men also get rosacea and are more susceptible to a side effect of rosacea called rhinophyma, where tissue builds up over time on the nose and cheeks because the oil glands become enlarged.
Since there is no specific rosacea test, doctors rely on their patients to offer plenty of details about their own medical history and that of their family in order to make a diagnosis. In some cases, medication such as an acne medication or antibiotics can help to reduce the instances where rosacea is most obvious.
Taking precautions at home is important as well. Using a strong sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 is recommended. In the winter, wearing a scarf or ski mask is recommended.
It’s also important to pay attention to what goes on your skin. Any facial products you use should be labeled gentle or for sensitive skin and should not contain alcohol.
Make up should be designed for sensitive skin as well. There are some brands of foundation that have a green tint that is intended to offset the redness associated with rosacea.
Most medical conditions lead people to seek out alternative medicine as a way to treat the condition, especially when mainstream knowledge is limited and rosacea is no different. Some have suggested that emu oil, laurel wood, oregano oil and Vitamin K might help rosacea symptoms; however these claims have not been substantiated. You doctor can talk to you about any potential benefits or risks of trying alternative therapies based on your overall health.
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