Rosacea- The Condition and its Triggers

Rosacea is a condition affecting the face where the skin becomes persistently red, often with visible tiny blood vessels and acne-like bumps and pimples. There may be intermittent burning, stinging or mild itching. The skin may be may also be dry and mildly swollen. As the disease progresses, there may also be associated with eye symptoms, such as burning, irritation, redness and flaking of the eyelashes. Over many years the nose may become damaged and scarring may occur due to the acne-like lesions on the skin.

It is often preceded by episodes of facial flushing, which may last for years. It typically starts after the age of 30. The genetic component of this disorder is not well understood. However, a possible genetic origin in Northern European descendants, family inheritance, twin concordance, and genetic associations with autoimmune disorders attest the genetic predisposition to rosacea.

In addition to these factors, there are certain factors which may trigger off the condition. These are known as Primary Triggers.

These include

  • Emotional stress
  • Trauma – for example sun or wind burn
  • A pre-existing skin condition, for example, eczema of the face
  • Hormonal triggers, for example, the menopause
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Secondary triggers are those which contribute to the condition once it already exists. There are many of them, but below are a few examples:

  • Hot beverages
  • Alcohol
  • Emotional stress
  • Air conditioning

The practitioners at Psoriasis Eczema Clinic are very experienced in the treatment of this condition and can help you identify and manage your triggers and improve your skin condition.

Phillip Bayer

Senior Practitioner, Psoriasis Eczema Clinic.

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