Rosacea is a common problem affecting more than 15 million Americans, causing symptoms such as chronic facial redness, stinging or burning sensation in the face, itchy or red eyes, or visible blood vessels on the cheeks, nose, and forehead. Rosacea has no cure but can be managed successfully with the help of a dermatologist.
Rosacea appears more commonly in women with fair skin, but anyone can display symptoms of the condition. Symptoms flare in intensity at times and may seem to disappear at other times. Without treatment, however, these symptoms can cause permanent damage to the skin of the face.
The first step for anyone wishing to manage symptoms of rosacea on their own is to identify when flares occur, and what triggers the flares. A flare is a time when symptoms of redness, swelling, and stinging are severe, and triggers can be different for everyone. Common triggers include alcohol, exercise, stress, humidity, spicy food, and heat or sun exposure. Avoidance of these triggers will help to decrease the frequency of flares, the redness of the face, and the severity of other symptoms.
Some symptoms are made worse by the use of cleansers or cosmetic products. Avoid harsh scrubs and toners, use only gentle moisturizing cleanser on the face, and apply sunscreen daily. If prevention and home-care is not enough, seek the advice of a physician for help managing the condition.