Healthy Thursday: About Face


 

Since 2004 Rosacea has been a bane for me.  What is Rosacea?  According to www.Rosacea.org:

Rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is a common but poorly understood disorder of the facial skin that is estimated to affect well over 16 million Americans — and most of them don’t know it.

Any one of the following warning signs is a signal to see a dermatologist or other knowledgeable physician for diagnosis and appropriate treatment before the signs and symptoms become increasingly severe:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.

  • Small visible blood vessels on the face.

  • Bumps or pimples on the face.

  • Watery or irritated eyes.

The symptoms I have are the redness across the cheeks, nose and now spreading across my forehead. It does burn and itch, getting quite painful, especially in bright, sunny days.  What are the triggers that causes an outbreak?  Feels like most anything, but here are the most common:

Factors Percent Affected
Sun exposure 81%
Emotional stress 79%
Hot weather 75%
Wind 57%
Heavy exercise 56%
Alcohol consumption 52%
Hot baths 51%
Cold weather 46%
Spicy foods 45%
Humidity 44%
Indoor heat 41%
Certain skin-care products 41%

Those are most of mine, though I would add hot winds, cold winds, hot weather, cold weather, hot temperatures, cold temperatures.

Although there is no cure for Rosacea, there are ways to tame symptoms, such as avoiding/limiting sun exposure, limiting exposure to hot/cold temperatures/weather, applying sunscreen to face, head and neck, limit spicy foods and alcohols as well as stress.

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