If you have patches of acne-like red patches across your nose and cheeks and wondering what in the world to do about it, you may be part of the more than 16 million Americans that suffer from a chronic, auto-inflammatory skin condition known as Rosacea.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a benign, chronic, non-curable skin condition that appears as an acne-like rash usually across the central third of the face. Most commonly mistaken for acne, this may also be confused for rosy cheeks or easy facial blushing. While the condition is not fatal, it can be aggravated or triggered by the following:
- Hot drinks and spicy foods
- Temperature extremes
- Sunlight or wind
- Drugs or medications that dilate blood vessels
What causes Rosacea?
The cause of Rosacea is unknown but could involve both hereditary and environmental factors. Rosacea most commonly affects middle-aged women and your risk of developing rosacea can increase depending on a few factors:
- Have fair skin
- Are over age 30
- Have a family history of Rosacea
- Have skin damaged from the sun
If you identify with one or more of these, you’re not doomed! There are steps you can take to help you avoid or treat even the mildest case of Rosacea.
How do you treat Rosacea?
Rosacea is non-contagious but can worsen with time if left untreated. Aside from avoiding triggers, there are a number of things you can do to help lessen the appearance of Rosacea.
Sunlight is the leading cause of Rosacea flare-ups. Whether or not you have this condition, SPF is an essential part of everyday skincare! If sunlight is one of your triggers, dermatologists recommend using an SPF of 30 or higher that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, avoiding midday sun and wearing hats.