By Kristina Rodriguez
Rosacea, although quite a common condition that affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, is one that is still fairly unknown and unrecognized. Here is a quick guide to identifying it, understanding it, and above all continuing to be you and feel good with it. And remember, all skin is normal!
What it is and how to ID it:
Rosacea is a very common skin condition that is most frequently associated with redness and visible blood vessels in the face. When a person with this condition experiences a flare up or sudden outbreak, it can last for many weeks or even months before suddenly clearing up and going into remission.
Rosacea affects all types of people. There are various classifications of this condition, some of which may be more prevalent in some specific groups more so than others, dependent on age and gender. When identifying rosacea, it is essential to look at where your symptoms develop and what they are. More often than not, the first characteristic you will begin to see is redness and flushing that develops symmetrically in the center of the face. If it is indeed rosacea, shortly after additional symptoms will begin to emerge.
Look for these symptoms:
The first characteristics to appear are redness and flushing accompanied by patchiness and irritation. It is also very common to develop telangiectasia which is when the surface capillaries widen from inflammation. They are frequently referred to as spider veins.
Depending on a specific classification of rosacea, a person can have additional primary and secondary symptoms. Some of those primary symptoms include papules which are tiny raised bumps associated with irritation, pustules which are red bumps that are full of puss due to infection and the presence of bacteria, swelling of the skin in some places, and even thickening of the skin (often around the nose area). Secondary symptoms that many people can also experience are stinging and burning sensations at the affected area, as well as severe dryness.
Causes and triggers
The actual cause of rosacea is yet to be determined; however, researchers continue to find commonalities among those affected by rosacea. Inflammatory diseases provoke the neurovascular system and the body’s immune system, causing it to essentially misfire.
Though there is no definitive answer to how this all begins, there are common factors that can trigger flare-ups, including extreme environmental temperature, excessive sun or UV exposure, and even dietary choices. Being aware of your environment and food and beverage choices at the start of a flare up are key to learning your precise triggers.
Always consult with your primary care physician or dermatologist; prior to treatment, a diagnosis should always be made by a trained medical doctor. Once you have been given the proper determination from a doctor, they may prescribe a topical or oral medication to help ease symptoms.
Next comes daily and lifestyle management, including using non-irritating and anti-inflammatory skincare and makeup. Using a gentle cleanser, like the Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser will help to clean the skin and balance pH without harmful stripping agents or artificial scents.
Calming moisturizers such as the Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist and the Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream are formulated with anti-inflammatory adaptogenic mushrooms and herbs that reduce redness, irritation, and moisturize dry skin. SPF is also crucial to protect skin from additional sun exposure.
Your skin concerns are always valid and should always be discussed and acknowledged. Having a proper understanding of what you see and feel can directly correlate to every aspect of your life. Remember to be aware of your symptoms, try to identify your triggers, always consult a physician, and make positive adjustments in your daily skincare and lifestyle routines. Following steps like these will help you understand, manage and live confidently with your rosacea.