How To Manage Rosacea


Rosacea is a skin problem that causes redness and swelling on the face. Rosacea may include acne-like outbreaks on occasion, but the key feature that describes rosacea is dilated red visible capillaries that actually gave the name rosacea (rosa for red).

Rosacea may first manifest itself as a tendency to flush easily. After a while it progresses to persistent redness in the centre of the face. It may gradually involve the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. As the disease progresses, the redness becomes more severe and persistent. The small, superficial blood vessels, acne-like outbreaks and red nodules become permanently visible.

Managing Rosacea

- Sun exposure is the worst culprit in causing rosacea flares. Sun must be avoided at all times. Besides ultraviolet rays, sun also radiates infrared heat, a known cause of flares.

- It is a must to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen everyday, especially for people with rosacea.

- Avoid heat as must as possible. Any sudden blood flushing of the face can cause a flare. Be careful in hot kitchens and when opening hot ovens or dishwashers. Allow hot cars to air out before getting in.

- Avoid saunas and steambaths.

- Hot water should be avoided on the face. Extremely cold water can also aggravate rosacea.

- It is best to avoid spicy foods, wine (red especially) and other alcoholic beverages. Caffeine and hot beverages are included too.

- Nicotine affects blood flow and it is advisable to be avoided.

- Flares can be caused by heat from exercise. Try to exercise indoors in air-conditioning to avoid overheating the face. Swimming in a cool pool is an ideal choice, although chlorine is also a possible aggravating factor and the skin should be rinsed thoroughly after swimming.

- Products used especially for rosacea should be independently tested for irritation.

- It is best to avoid products with fragrance because fragrances can often cause reactions.

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