What is Rosacea? Facts And 10 Helpful Tips

Estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans, rosacea (roh - ZAY - sha) is a relatively common but not very well understood ailment of the facial skin.
older male suffering from rosacea

Rosacea also referred to as adult acne is particularly becoming common among baby boomers.

Moreover, many people do not even know they have it. In fact, a recent Gallup poll uncovered that 78 percent of this nation citizens are ignorant about this skin disorder.

  • They do not know how to recognize rosacea.
  • They are unaware of what to do to manage the condition.

Regrettably, rosacea is not a curable condition, but it is usually treatable with an array of medications, natural remedies, and lifestyle changes.

Many who experience symptoms of rosacea observed that it began after age 30. Rosacea manifests somewhat mildly as a visible redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, neck, chest, scalp, or ears.

Rosacea is a progressive disease worsening if left untreated, as it often is in the beginning because it is trivial and not life disrupting.

If not treated, the condition will cause bumps and pimples to develop. In the most severe cases, your nose may become swollen and bumpy. It is also common for rosacea patients to suffer irritated, watery, and/or bloodshot eyes.

The British Journal of Cancer recently published an article suggesting a link of rosacea to thyroid cancer and skin carcinoma particularly in women.

A recent study at Johns Hopkins University established sufferers of rosacea likely to have incidents of allergies, respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hypertension, metabolic disorders, urogenital diseases, female hormone imbalance and even cardiovascular disease.

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) recommends several actions to keep your rosacea at bay in their Frequently Asked Questions.

male with large bulb like nose due to rosacea

Rosacea- 10 Helpful Tips

1. At all times, shield your face from the sun.

2. On hot and humid days stay inside and use air conditioning.

3. If you must be outdoors when the temperature is hot, be ready with cold drinks and avoid over exertion. Chew on ice chips to lower facial temperature and/or continuously spray your face with cool water.

4. In the cold weather, keep your face covered.

5. Use a moisturizer daily during cold weather.

6. Reduce stress. Take care of yourself by eating healthy foods, exercising enough, and getting a good amount of sleep. Do not drink too much caffeine. When feeling overcome or stressed, try deep-breathing exercises, use visualization techniques, stretch out and relax all your muscles.

7. Eating (and drinking) right for rosacea suffers means avoiding hot soup or drinks, spicy foods, and alcohol.

8. Other foods that you might want to avoid if you notice flare-ups after consumption include cheese, sour cream, yogurt, citrus fruit, liver, chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, yeast extract, vinegar, eggplant, avocados, spinach, broad-leafed beans and pods, and foods high in histamine or niacin.

9. While exercise is a good thing overall, if you suffer from rosacea, you might be better off toning it down a bit, and do not get too overheated.

10. In facial cleansers or moisturizers, avoid all ingredients that sting, burn, or cause redness. Some of the main culprits include alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil or clove oil.

I hope that this article has been beneficial in your understanding of what is rosacea.

However, this article does not replace a recommended consultation with a medical professional.

Always, see your doctor or dermatologist before trying medication or treatments for any condition.

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas


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