I first learned about rosacea when I was a kid from my grandma. She suffers from it, and hoped none of us would ever develop it. I remember her telling me that she had to stay away from certain foods, which caused her skin to flush. As I have gotten older I have seen signs in my own skin. At this point in my life, mine is fairly mild and I hope it doesn’t get worse. My skin was looking great for quite some time, and then all of a sudden (two days ago) I noticed how red my face looked when I got up. I thought it was caused by the sun, so I stayed out of the sun yesterday. It wasn’t until I remembered I had pulled pork sandwiches on Thursday and Friday that I remembered that is what causes it! We all have different triggers and for me, bbq sauce tends to do it. It sure isn’t fun, especially during the warm summer months when I want to enjoy delicious barbecued food!
According to the National Rosacea Society “rosacea sufferers often experience flushing and persistent facial redness”, but that is not always the case, as every patient is different. There are four rosacea subtypes – Subtype 1: Facial Redness, Subtype 2: Bumps and Pimples, Subtype 3: Enlargement of the nose, and Subtype 4: Eye irritation.
Here are a few images of the different types of rosacea.
Unfortunately, the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, and people typically start experiencing symptoms in their early thirties. There is no cure and it’s a chronic condition. For those who have rosacea or suspect they have the chronic condition, it’s best to avoid “witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, clove oil and salicylic acid” as they typically irritate the skin. There are many different rosacea triggers including sun exposure, emotional stress, marinated meats, dairy products, heavy exercise and more! Dairy and marinated meats tend to be my triggers. How about you? Have you found anything that helps or do you just try your best to avoid your triggers?
With April being National Rosacea Awareness Month, the National Rosacea Society is sharing amazing tips from food triggers to common myths and treatment options on their website to help bring more awareness to the chronic condition that affects at least 16 million people across the U.S.