How To Manage Rosacea

One of the most prevalent skin conditions today is a condition known as rosacea, characterized by the facial skin of the subject turning red and experiencing regular outbreaks of skin eruptions. The condition is considered to be common, affecting millions of Americans and many more millions of individuals around the world. The individuals typically diagnosed with the condition are fair of skin, generally of northern European ancestry, and blush easily.

Just being fair of skin is not enough to predict which individuals may develop rosacea and which will not. The condition seems to strike women with more frequency than men, but the condition is found in both sexes. The onset of the condition generally occurs while the subject is in their teens to their early twenties, and the condition can swing from mild to severe from year to year.

In many cases, rosacea is referred to as “adult acne” because unlike traditional acne, which appears when the person enters their teens and then gradually disappears as the person gets older, rosacea can increase in severity from year to year as the patient gets older. The condition does not normally respond to the hormonal shifts that occur within the body at certain points in the body's development, such as the transition from teen to adulthood and the monthly menstrual cycle of women, like traditional acne does and many acne medications will have no effect on the severity of rosacea being experienced.

Most cases of rosacea can be managed by a combination of medications, dietary changes, and lifestyle changes. One of the things that individuals with rosacea need to avoid is excessive exposure to the sun, as a prolonged period of time in the sun can aggravate the condition and make it much worse in a short period of time. Excessive sun exposure can cause the skin of the face to become extremely red and remain in this state for days or weeks.

Some food items have been found to contribute to, trigger, or worsen cases of rosacea, leading medical professionals that have studied the condition to advise that individuals suffering from the condition either avoid these foods or consume them sparingly. Foods that could negatively affect a case of rosacea include alcoholic beverages, smoked foods, citrus fruits, acidic vegetables such as tomatoes, and some types of dairy products. Individuals that have been newly diagnosed with the condition may want to keep a food diary for several months to discover which foods trigger their condition and which foods will not affect them.

Rosacea is considered to be a chronic condition and there is no cure currently available. The severity of the condition will vary from person to person, with some cases being so mild that it does not require treatment and other cases being so severe that it affects the individual's quality of life. The condition can be managed with the care of a healthcare professional and some dedication on the part of the patient to some lifestyle and dietary changes.

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