Rosacea is a long-term skin condition usually affecting the cheeks, nose and forehead. Rosacea is characterized by a tendency to flush and blush after exposure to triggers such as stress, sunlight, spicy foods and alcohol. When a person blushes, blood vessels on the face dilate – for those with rosacea this happens so often that over time, the blood vessels remain permanently enlarged. Some rosacea sufferers go on to develop inflammatory pimples. In many, the eyes are affected as well.
Triggers – Sufferers have reported as follows:
As one ages, dealing with rosacea can become problematic as flushing of the face associated with rosacea is caused by blood vessels dilating. The repeated over-dilation, for many, will become permanent, leading to the skin becoming ruddy and the vessels enlarged, and more visible through the skin.
As with a number of other skin conditions, if you suffer from rosacea, you may find that your flare-ups are often set off or made worse by a number of triggers. By recognizing and managing these triggers, it is possible to reduce the impact on your life. With fewer flare-ups, the potential of long term damage is reduced.
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Sources: (1) Canadian Dermatology Association