Rosacea is a very common disorder. Many who suffer from it do not even know that they have it because it is easily mistaken for other skin disorders. There is no cure for rosacea, so the goal of treatment is to reduce or minimize the symptoms as much as possible. In many cases, patients try to cope with the symptoms by using a rosacea lotion or a combination of different rosacea skin care products.
Rosacea is a chronic (long-term) disease that affects the skin and sometimes the eyes. The disorder is characterised by redness, pimples, and, in advanced stages, thickened skin. Rosacea usually affects the face; other parts of the upper body are only rarely involved.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, various theories about the disorder’s origin have evolved over the years. Facial blood vessels dilate too easily, and the increased blood near the skin surface makes the skin appear red and flushed. Various things called trigger factors can increase this redness response. Acne-like bumps appear, often in the redder area of the central face. This may be due to factors related to blood flow, skin bacteria, microscopic skin mites (Demodex), irritation of follicles, sun damage of the connective tissue under the skin, an abnormal immune or inflammatory response, or psychological factors.
Signs and Symptoms
The primary symptoms of Rosacea are Flushing, redness that comes and goes it resembles the look of blushing. Persistent Redness, continued redness of the face that looks like you have constant sunburn. Bumps and Pimples, absent of blackheads but what looks like acne, solid red bumps or puss-filled pimples. Visible Blood Vessels, you may start to see blood vessels on your face. Secondary symptoms can include eye irritation, swelling of the face mainly around the nose, dry appearance, a change in skin thickness, and plaques.
Rosacea typically causes inflammation of the skin of the face, particularly the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. When rosacea first develops, it may appear, then disappear, and then reappear. However, in time the skin fails to return to its normal color and the enlarged blood vessels and pimples arrive. Rosacea rarely reverses itself. It lasts for years and, if untreated, it will worsen. Rosacea does not cause the blackheads and whiteheads that are in common acne.
Drink Alkaline Water
You should drink at least ten glasses of alkaline water per day to help neutralize the acids that cause your rosacea flushing. It is important to remember to drink water throughout the day even if you do not “feel” thirsty. You should drink considerably more water if you are working outside, playing a sport, or doing anything physically taxing. You should also drink more if you live in a dry climate or have a higher metabolism, anxiety, or stress. Water is needed for skin tissue repair as well as nearly every body process including efficient digestion, absorption, circulation and secretion. Water carries vital nutrients to the skin and all body cells and removes waste.
Be sure to use a gentle skin cleanser without harsh abrasives or other harsh chemicals/ingredients. Excessive alcohol and harsh chemicals abound in many cleansers, so be sure your cleanser is free of irritants. There are some great anti-redness masks, serums, and gentle cleansers out there for rosacea sufferers that will soothe and calm the skin, bringing back its normal color and balance.