It may sound very obvious, the difference between the causes and the symptoms of a condition, but when it comes to rosacea, you may find that there’s a fair amount of confusion. Rosacea is very misunderstood condition, with continuous research into where it comes from and how to prevent and treat it. But still, the rumour mill keeps turning, and skin myths become widely believed as fact. For example, there is still a nasty stereotype that sufferers of rosacea are often heavy drinkers, implying that drinking too much will give you rosacea – something that is completely false! So, that’s why this #TopTipTuesday we’re here to set the record straight.
One of the main reasons for all this misunderstanding is that the causes of rosacea are still widely unknown, although there are several theories as to where the condition comes from, and why it manifests:
– Abnormalities in blood vessels, although no one is quite sure what these abnormalities would involve or how they would occur
– Skin Peptides; recent studies have shown that the exposure to certain external triggers can lead to the activation of molecules within the skin called peptides. Increased levels of these peptides can affect the neurovascular system within the skin causing the dilation of blood vessels, redness, and blushing.
– Microscopic mites; now I know that sounds disgusting, and the idea of having a population of mites living all over your face is not the most pleasant of thoughts, but these mites are perfectly normal and live on just about everybody’s skin. It has been noticed, however, that those who suffer from rosacea have a higher level of these mites on their skin, although we’re not yet sure whether these are a cause or an effect of the condition – see what I mean about the two being confusing?
– Heliobacter Pylori Bacteria, which are usually found in the digestive system, have also been suggested as a possible cause of rosacea, although no link between the two has been proven.
– Genetics seem to be a fairly safe bet in terms of rosacea susceptibility, meaning that some people have a predisposition and therefore are more genetically prone to developing rosacea. However, anyone who suffers from rosacea should ensure that any children they have should wear sunscreen during their childhood as often as possible, as exposure to UV light is one of the most common rosacea triggers. If the condition is inherited, this protection in early years can have a huge impact how severe their rosacea symptoms are in later life.
Whatever the cause of rosacea, one thing we can say for sure is that it is a condition that you either have, or you don’t. It can develop at any time. There is nothing you can do to contract or get rid of rosacea, and there is no cure, although it can be managed long-term. I know that sounds gloomy, but the point I am trying to make is that rosacea does not occur because of bad habits, or because of you having behaviours that caused you to bring the condition upon yourself – mostly it’s just the luck of the draw.
This is the part where people get their causes and triggers mixed up. Because sufferers with rosacea will have periods where their symptoms are not so bad, or sometimes almost non-existent, when the symptoms return, the cause of the flare-up is often thought to be giving the sufferer rosacea, or causing the condition to return. These triggers include, but are not exclusive to; UV light, stress, hot or cold weather, strong winds, strenuous exercise, alcohol, hot baths, spicy foods, hot drinks, humidity, menopause, dairy products, other medical conditions and certain medicines. This is quite an extensive list, I know, but it goes to show that understanding what can trigger a flare-up can go a long way to managing your rosacea long-term; wearing sunscreen for rosacea-prone skin, changing your routine at the gym, or avoiding certain foods can help make your skin calmer and more comfortable.
While these triggers can exacerbate symptoms of existing rosacea, they do not in themselves cause the condition, and exposing yourself to these things will not give you rosacea (i’m talking about you, alcohol!) these are simply factors that can cause chemical reactions in your body that can exacerbate your symptoms. The trouble is, people who don’t have the condition see the correlation between the triggers and the symptoms and put two and two together – the only trouble is, they often add them up to five.
The important thing to remember is that avoiding these triggers will not get rid of your rosacea; you’ll need a specially formulated, medically licensed range of products to provide you with a skin routine that will help to target the underlying causes, as well as the symptoms, to manage it properly.
We at SkinMed® recommend our Rosacea TripleLock® range, as it is clinically proven, medically tested and has incredible 75% success rates, even amongst difficult to treat patients. We even have a 100% money back guarantee on our products, because we appreciate how important it is for you to know that we understand what you’re going through and that we are here to guide you through your journey to achieving clear, smooth, beautiful skin.
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