What Causes Rosacea?


Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that can cause redness, bumps like pimples, and other problems. Most often, it affects the central area of the face, including the cheekbones, foreheads, chins and noses. Anyone can get it. Fair-skinned individuals are more likely to develop it.
It is not caused either by bacteria or an infection. It is not contagious. Stress, diet or medication are not the cause. It appears to be a family trait. The condition is more common in women, but it can occur at any age. People with northern European roots are more likely to suffer from this condition. People over 30 are more susceptible.

Rosacea: What causes it?

It is still not known what causes rosacea, but it could be a combination. The blood vessels on the face can become irritated or dilated, which causes redness. Sunlight or other factors can cause the skin to become irritated, resulting in pus-filled bumps and blemishes. It can also appear oily or scaly, with a permanent flush. In severe cases, the eyes can become irritated and the nose may grow enlarged (rhinophyma).

There are many treatments available to control or reduce the symptoms of Rosacea. Some treatments are oral and others are applied topically (to the skin). Topical treatments are best for improving skin redness, scaly patches, and eliminating bumps and pimples. Other symptoms such as eye or flushing problems are less effective.

Other rosacea treatments include moisturisers and sunscreens with broad spectrum sun protection. Some treatments include avoiding food, drinks, or activities that cause flare-ups. These may include spicy foods, alcohol, hot drinks, exercise, and direct sunlight. Rosacea sufferers are encouraged to record their symptoms in a journal to help identify possible triggers. Alternative therapies are available, including emu, laurelwood, and oregano oils. These products should only be used under the supervision of your doctor.

Rosacea Treatment: What are the options?

First, you should consult a dermatologist. Skin creams and gels can treat rosacea in most people. If they don’t work, doctors may prescribe antibiotics in pill or gel form. They are better at treating the bumps, and other visible symptoms of rosacea. However, they do not usually improve the redness or the redness of your skin.

A doctor can also prescribe a medication that treats the mites, which are sometimes responsible for the condition. It is called ivermectin and is applied as a gel or lotion to the skin. This medication is effective for 68 of every 100 patients with this condition and can even be more effective than the oral antiinflammatory drug metronidazole, or Flagyl. Speak to your doctor regarding this option. This medicine is now covered by some insurance plans.

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