Does your skin blush or flush easily? Does your face have a red appearance with bumps or pimples? Does your skin seem overly sensitive? You may be one of approximately 16 million Americans suffering from rosacea.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that usually affects the face but can extend down the neck, chest and even on the back. It most commonly starts with frequent blushing or flushing. Networks of tiny visible blood vessels may appear in the center of your face, starting with your nose, and extend outward over time. Other common symptoms are thickening of the skin, and breakouts.
The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown. There is no cure for this chronic condition, however, it can be managed. Individual reaction patterns vary greatly in rosacea; some triggers may have no effect on one patient’s rosacea but severely affect another. Keeping a journal may be best the way to figure out your individual triggers.
You may be able to relieve symptoms and flare-ups by avoiding these common triggers:
- Spicy foods
- Hot drinks
- Red wine
Because rosacea may look similar to other conditions like sunburn and acne, it’s important to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis.