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Inflammation and Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic disorder causing "flare-ups" of inflammation to the skin. Nearly 16 million people suffer from Rosacea, primarily those of Scandinavian, Irish, or British decent. Commonly described as "blushing" or "a flushed look to the skin", Rosacea’s most common physical characteristics are redness on the cheeks, nose, chin and/or forehead, visible blood vessels, and sometimes little bumps. Around 40% of people who have Rosacea also have relatives with it, so it is considered hereditary. Other symptoms include burning, stinging, or swelling to the skin, eye irritation, and skin that is extremely dry.
Proven statistics of Rosacea have to do with an inflammatory response to common skin bacteria or harmless skin mites called Demodex (these live on everyone’s skin, disgusting I know). Sun exposure, emotional stress, extreme weather (hot/cold), wind, humidity, vigorous exercise, alcohol, and spicy foods are all known triggers when it comes to Rosacea flare-ups. Certain skincare products and cosmetics can also cause them. Rosacea prone skin is easily irritated so, like Psoriasis or Eczema, it’s best to stick with products free of fragrance and dyes. Witch Hazel, alcohol, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Clove, Salicylic Acid, harsh scrubs, and chemical SPFs may also be trigger causing factors so always be aware of the ingredients in what you’re using.
There is no cure for Rosacea, but there are affective treatments available. Medications, both oral and topical, have been proven to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. Laser treatments that remove visible blood vessels have also become quite popular in recent years.
The most import thing is to have the proper skin care regimen. You want to use very gentle products made for your skin type. If a product doesn’t say it’s specifically for Rosacea, words like sensitive, stressed, or calming on the label means it will help. Also, look for ingredients such as Arnica, Chamomile, and Lavender.