Rosacea isn’t a temporary disorder. It is characterized by chronic and recurrent facial flushing which is exacerbated by certain factors such as sun exposure and stress.
It is accompanied by pustules and large bumps on the T-zone area of your face. It can be seriously irritating and it can clearly be undertreated.
Affecting almost 45 million individuals worldwide, you may be a victim of this disorder. Since it highly resembles an exacerbated form of acne, it is under diagnosed most of the time.
It takes a vigilant expert to evaluate and diagnose you correctly. Since there is no specific diagnostic which can detect rosacea, diagnosis is highly dependent on your doctor’s clinical eye, history taking and on your presented signs and symptoms.
The clinical picture of rosacea is typified by periods of remissions and relapses. There are periods that you won’t exhibit symptoms, and some periods that you would.
Fact is, rosacea is not curable. There is no rosacea treatment that can relieve you with the disorder. However, you can always allay the symptoms. And the best way to do that is to steer clear of possible triggers.
Rosacea has no exact etiology or cause. Experts believed that aside from genetics and heredity, you can contract the disease because of several interlinking factors.
The triggers are the factors which experts associate exacerbations with. These variables, though the mechanism is unknown still, might stimulate development of rosacea in clients without the disorder and exacerbation in diagnosed ones.
According to the National Rosacea Society (the largest support group for rosacea-diagnosed clients), the following are the most common environmental factors that you must avoid.
- Sun exposure – this would include intentional or unintentional sun exposure.
What can you do? Keep a hat on or an umbrella over your head. Invest on a worthy sunscreen, and do keep it on when you’re outdoors. If possible steer clear of time periods when the sun is up high (that’s about 10am to 3pm).
- Changes and/or extremes in weather – if there are sudden changes in weather; be sensitive to your body, and adapt to how it adapts.
- Stress – in whatever form can trigger exacerbation.
What can you do? Learn to manage your time and to set priorities. If you have underlying medical conditions, do pay your doctor a regular visit. Keep things light. Rest well. And sleep much. Keep a healthy interactive social life. Being a downer will do you no good.
- Strenuous activities – any type of activity that warrants exertion of too much effort must be avoided.
What can you do? Rather than lifting weights or pushing ups, why not try on Taichi or yoga classes. If you like something a bit active, you can probably do dancing lessons or simple treadmill runs.
- Certain skin products – usually those that contain salicylic acid, menthol, pepper or alcohol are products that can irritate the skin and cause exacerbation.
What can you do? Read labels. Seek advice from a medical expert and be cautious of what you’re using.