The reason why one person develops rosacea while another with similar skin and lifestyle doesn’t, isn’t known. The underlying causes are thought to be both genetic and environmental, as there are triggers known to aggravate the redness in those who develop rosacea. Even the extent of symptoms varies greatly between people with this condition. Rosacea is usually embodied by:
Certain people are more likely to develop rosacea in the first place. Women over the age of 30, with fair skin, are disproportionately affected, especially during menopause. Family history of rosacea predicts an increased chance for its development. Smokers and those with sun damaged skin also face increased risk.
For those affected by rosacea, anything that causes blood flow increases to the face usually aggravates the intensity of facial redness. These factors include:
There are several treatment options for Rosacea and they are often at the same time. Recurrence of redness happens frequently. Medications that may reduce the redness of rosacea include brimonidine, which constricts blood vessels, reducing overall redness. While it usually shows results within 12 hours, the effects are temporary and a reapplication is required to maintain reduced redness. Some oral antibiotics lessen inflammation and improve the appearance of pustules and bumps. Cosmetic laser treatments often reduce the intensity of redness from rosacea. Medical treatment is usually supported with a daily home regimen of gentle facial cleansing and avoiding harsh soaps and cleansers.
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