You might have thought it was acne or a sunburn...but it's rosacea. Rosacea is a skin conditon that most often appears in the middle of your face - typically cheeks, nose, and chin - and makes your face look red or flushed. You may sometimes get bumps or pimples in the same area. The redness, flushing, and bumps often come and go.
No one knows for sure. But there are things that can trigger an outbreak or cause your rosacea to flare up. Over time, you may notice that certain conditions or foods cause flushing or a breakout. Here is a list of some common triggers of rosacea:
- Anything that makes you flush, ie, intense exercise, hot showers
- Extreme hot or cold weather
- Hot drinks, spicy foods, alcohol
- Hair spray or other products containing alcohol
- Stress, anxiety
Keep track of the triggers that aggravate your skin and try to modify your behavior. It could be as simple as avoiding hot drinks or spicy foods.
As many as 14 million Americans have rosacea. Persons of any age and background can get the condition, although rosacea typically affects persons over age 30.
What can be done to relieve my rosacea?
There is no cure for rosacea; however, there are a number of topical and oral medications that can alleviate symptoms and keep rosacea outbreaks under control. If left untreated, rosacea can get worse - redder skin; small, red pimples; red lilnes; and eventually small knobby bumps on your nose. So, it's very important that you follow your dermatologist's instructions.