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What is rosacea?

What is rosacea?

Not always understood by those who don’t experience it, rosacea can be a frustrating issue for those who do. Find out more about the causes of rosacea.

Ask a roomful of your friends who has rosacea and we guarantee you will see more than a few hands! Not always understood by those who don’t experience it, it can be a frustrating issue for those who do. Rosacea is a relatively common but chronic skin condition, in most cases occurring after the age of 30.

Usually on the face, rosacea can be recognized through symptoms such as permanent redness; visibility of tiny blood vessels; burning sensations; and the skin can be rough, appearing to be dry as a result. Whilst manageable, rosacea can be uncomfortable and downright frustrating for those dealing with it. Skin prone to the condition can be triggered by a number of factors such as sunlight exposure, stress and diet and whilst the cause and cure for rosacea is unknown there are ways that symptoms can be managed. Choosing skincare that will not exacerbate symptoms is really important and avoiding synthetic fragrance and alcohol in products is a good place to start. If you are fed up of keeping rosecea prone skin under control, here are some guidelines:

Rosacea treatment
When it comes to caring for your skin, keep it hydrated, cleansed and calm with products free from synthetic nasties (take a look at our promise for examples of the nasties that we avoid.) With stress and diet acting as potential triggers, steer clear of regular alcohol consumption and try introducing fatty acids such as Omegas 3, 6, and 9 to your diet. Find out more about what omegas can do for skin health in our top tips post. Knowing your triggers is the best thing you can do, be it that one glass too many of red wine or simply feeling too stressed out through the week. If stress is a key trigger, try making a conscious effort to get out in the fresh air and do something you know relaxes you and revives you. Once you are calm, your skin should follow suit.

Symptoms to look out for
Rosacea prone skin does not affect people in the same way each time; so don’t be alarmed if your symptoms differ from someone else you know with rosacea. Most will experience permanently flushed skin whilst others may find their symptoms range from dry, flaky and skin sensitive to touch. Some Rosacea sufferers can also experience angry and stubborn red bumps, historically known as “Acne Rosacea”. These facial bumps and pimples are not to be confused with adult hormonal acne. While they do appear as raised, stubborn red bumps, there will be no blackheads or whiteheads present, a typical occurrence in Acne Vulgaris, whereby the pores are clogged.

We highlight our recommendations for keeping rosacea prone skin calm in more detail here and give more tips about treatment here.

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