Rosacea is a common skin issue and more than 14 million people have rosacea. It can vary from redness on the face with flushing, to red pimple breakouts, to dryness of the eyes and even thickness of the skin (nose most commonly).
4 TYPES OF ROSACEA
Researchers don’t know what causes rosacea, however they have discovered some information. Rosacea is more common if other family members also have rosacea. Scientists also have found that the immune system is a key factor in rosacea. There are several theories that an overgrowth of certain bacteria on the skin (ex. Bacillus oleronis), a mite that lives on everyone’s skin (Demodex) or a bacterial overgrowth in the gastrointestinal system (ex. H. pylori). It is thought that rosacea may be a result of a dysregulation of the immune system response to these factors or a dysfunction in the immune system that leads to the overgrowth. However, not all people that have rosacea have been found to have these issues.
Stress, sunlight, foods or beverages can trigger rosacea. Avoiding your triggers can be helpful in preventing breakouts or flares of your rosacea. Additionally, practicing gentle skin care, avoiding harsh cosmetic products, protecting your skin with sunscreen and using an emollient to help repair the skin can also help your rosacea breakouts. A comprehensive integrative treatment regimen for rosacea includes nutrition and dietary changes, avoiding triggers, developing consistent strategies to mange stress as well as topical and sometimes oral medications. Lasers and other light treatments can be used to treat redness.