Rosacea – Causes, Triggers And Moisturizing Creams

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rosaceaRosacea is a skin condition that is chronic and which there is no real cure. However, if it is left untreated, it will worsen as time goes on. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne or eczema or other skin allergies. The appearance of rosacea is that of small red bumps on the skin.

Nearly 14 million people are affected by rosacea, which is about 1 in every 20 people in the U.S. alone. It tends to affect people that have fair skin.

Although the symptoms of rosacea vary per individual, some of the basic general symptoms are as follows:

Flushing -Flushing can be described as something of a ‘hot flash’ where the skin blushes on the face and quickly spreads down the neck and chest and can last up to 5 minutes. This is sometimes referred to as pre-rosacea.

Hyper-reactivity- Often mistaken for sensitive skin, this is where the sensitive blood vessels dilate very easily to sunlight and other stimuli and topical triggers.

Redness- This is a persistent redness may appear like a chronic sun burn that does not go away. The cause of this is that the blood vessels dilate.

Spots and Pustules– This is also known as inflammatory rosacea. This is often mistaken for teenage acne and thus mistreated.

Vascular rosacea– Once again the inflammation of the tiny blood vessels at the surface of the skin that can often look like tiny spider webs. This type of inflammation is more prevalent in alcoholics but alcoholic consumption is not the source of the condition.

Rhinophyma- This is describes as the thickening of the facial skin around the nose. This happens in the extreme cases of rosacea. This is rare, and happens to men more than women.

Ocular- This type of rosacea occurs in almost 50% of people who suffer from it. It can range anywhere from eye irritation to causing conjunctivitis. Some people develop styes and others have inflamed eyelids.

Facial swelling- This happens when the skin has a build-up of fluid. The excess fluid and proteins take over the lymphatic system and the fluids have nowhere to go.

Some of the triggers that can cause a rosacea outbreak to happen might be hot foods and drinks, dairy products, spicy foods, caffeine, weather conditions such as sunlight, humidity and wind, stress and anxiety, saunas, hot baths and high intensity exercise to name just a few.

Although there are no specific clinical tests for rosacea, an experienced dermatologist will be able to diagnose rosacea based on various symptoms and triggers.

Without there being a specific cure for rosacea, there are many recommendations to help calm the rosacea outbreaks and reduce the appearance of the red bumps and flushing.

One moisturizing cream that may be prescribed by a doctor would actually be a camouflage cream. This covers the skin to mask the color and redness.

Some other skin creams that may be prescribed would be creams that reduce the inflammation and redness. Some of them may be antibiotics, such as metronidazole, benzoyl peroxide or tretinoin, and even azelaic acid. These are all topical medications. The doctor may also prescribe an oral medication to go with it.

Some other moisturizing creams that you can get without a prescription that are said to have a great reaction to the rosacea by calming down the redness are available over the counter without a prescription. SkinCeuticals has tree bark extract in it and is known as a redness neutralizer. The next one may be Cliniderm RosaCalm.

This product has an SPF of 30 so it has a nice amount of protection from the sun if the sun is one of the triggers. Finally, there is Chantecaille Magnolia, Jasmine and Lily Healing Emulsion. These three blooms have very calming properties that all have promising effects on rosacea. Make sure the moisturizers you use are noncomedogenic. They won’t clog the sweat glands.

Here are a few tips on avoiding a rosacea outbreak. Whenever possible always use sunscreen. When harsh weather conditions exist, use a scarf around your face. Avoid constantly touching your face or rubbing your face. Always use a gentle cleanser. Don’t use any products that contain alcohol or skin irritants. Avoid alcohol and spicy foods.

One final thing to be aware of is that stress is a huge trigger for rosacea. Stress wreaks havoc on the entire system so it’s of vital importance to take care of those stress levels. It’s important to get enough sleep every night. Take care of your body by eating healthy, nutritious meals and not a diet of junk foods.

Exercise, although keeping it low intensity if vigorous exercise is a trigger for your rosacea, is also important because it produces endorphins in the body which eliminates stress. And finally meditation. Yoga and meditation help the mind and body get focused and centered and reduces stress naturally.

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