The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month as a means to bring attention to this facial disorder. Rosacea commonly strikes after age 30, but may also occur in younger patients. Although the cause is still unknown, various lifestyle and environmental factors can trigger flare-ups.
Ongoing research suggests rosacea may be caused by numerous potential factors ranging from the immune system, nervous system, facial blood vessels and genetics. The presence of microbes and Demodex mites on the skin may be other possible contributors.
Common lifestyle behaviors may also trigger rosacea flare-ups including exposure to sun, emotional stress, wind, heavy exercise, hot or cold weather, alcohol, spicy foods, humidity, some skin-care products and more.
Early recognition of the disorder is a key goal of the NRS. With detection of rosacea’s warning signs, progression is easier to prevent, thus halting the emotional burden felt by many who suffer from the disorder. So, what do the warning signs of rosacea look like? Common signs include redness on the cheeks, forehead, chin or nose. Small blood vessels on the surface of the face may also be visible along with bumps or pimples. Watery or irritated eyes may also be present.
What’s the good news for rosacea sufferers? The disorder can be effectively controlled and treated with the assistance of medical professionals, such as a dermatologist. Avoiding triggers in your lifestyle will also aid in lessening the frequency or severity of a flare-up.
If you are suffering from rosacea, or experiencing some of the early warning signs, let Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute help. Visit our page on rosacea, call, or book an appointment online.