So how do you tell if you or someone you know has rosacea?
- Flushing. Usually the earliest sign is a recurring fire-red facial complexion that looks as though you’ve just completed an intense workout.
- Intense redness. May resemble a blush or sunburn on nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead that does not subside.
- Bumps and pimples. Small red or pus-filled bumps develop that may resemble acne without the presence of blackheads. May burn or sting.
- Visible blood vessels. Small blood vessels become visible on the skin.
What causes rosacea?
- exposure to sunlight
- strenuous exercise
- hot or cold weather
- hot drinks
- alcohol and caffeine
- certain foods, such as spicy foods
Coping with rosacea symptoms
- avoiding known triggers specific to you
- gentle skincare which prevents flare-ups
- Dermalux phototherapy: Red and Near Infra-Red light has an anti-inflammatory and healing effect for rosacea suffers which can offer immediate relief from the chronic symptoms
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment can help. This involves beams of light being aimed at the visible blood vessels in the skin to shrink them and make them less visible
Tips for coping during the winter months
- Wind 57%
- Hot baths 51%
- Cold weather 46%
- Indoor heat 41%
Of course never forget sun exposure, which is the top trigger at 81%. Even during the winter months use SPF, particularly if in a snowy environment where the reflected sun's rays will have a greater impact.