What is Rosacea?

Commonly occurring in the central area of the face, Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that can be embarrassing and uncomfortable to live with. It currently affects well over three million Canadians, developing in men and women between the ages of 30 and 50. Those with fair skin are typically more at risk of experiencing Rosacea in their lifetime, but it could still possibly occur regardless of your skin pigmentation.

What are the Symptoms?

If you experience frequent flushing on the cheeks, forehead, chin or nose, it may be a sign of Rosacea. The same applies to blushing or persistent redness. Other symptoms include the formation of red lines as a result of visible blood vessels that appear through the surface of the skin due to enlarging over time. You may also experience a burning sensation or frequent itching, not to mention dry skin.

Triggers of Rosacea

Typically, environmental triggers and genetics will set off the Rosacea strain in the face, but there are ways to worsen your chances of developing this inflammatory condition. They include exposure to UV rays, so be sure to wear a strong sunscreen if you’re out and about frequently. Intense, vigorous and consistent workouts can also serve as a trigger, especially when it’s hot outside. Along with that, various chemical-rich cosmetic products can intensify Rosacea symptoms, so be discreet and cautious when using items such as makeup or cologne. Finally, stress and various medications can cause flare-ups as well, so do your best to mitigate stressful situations and be sure to consult with your doctor or dermatologist about alternative prescriptions if needed.