That inconvenient blush, the redness in the face and sometimes even the eyes, the little pimple-like bumps that show up inconveniently… these are all signs of Rosacea, a common skin ailment that can pop up at any time and last for years.  Many women may develop it at the onset of menopause and you’re even more susceptible if you’re female, your skin is light in color, and you’re between the ages of 30-50.  This is not to say that men don’t have Rosacea too.  In fact, according to a recent study from the Journal of Medical Microbiology, Rosacea may be caused by tiny mites commonly found on both gender’s skin that carry an irritating bacteria.   Sounds gross, but if this is true, the cure for Rosacea may be just around the corner.  Though some people have good results using antibiotics, medicine created specifically targeting these mites or the kind of bacteria they harbor sounds like it would be a lot more efficient.

However, just having the mites on your skin (called “Demodex mites”) may not guarantee that you’ll get the tell tale red bumps.  In fact, the mites appear on people’s skin who don’t have Rosacea too (although they do not appear on all people’s skin).  The plot thickens:   It just might be that scientists might find that there are different causes of Rosacea.  They already know that different people have different triggers for outbreaks.  Some people get flair ups after eating spicy foods, if their immune system is compromised,  or  if they have vascular problems.  Still others might be the victim of environmental factors.  The jury is still out, but this is an exciting development for Rosecea sufferers who are waiting for a cure.

In the mean time, there are a few things you can do to help ease the symptoms.

  • We already mentioned trying antibiotics, so go see your doctor to see what she or he recommends.
  • Wear sunscreen!  The sun can irritate your skin too, so don’t add insult to injury by forgetting your sunscreen, sunblock, and hat to shade your face.
  • Know your triggers.  You may love spicy foods, a drink with dinner, perfume, hair spray, or any number of things that others get to use without a reaction, but if it bothers your skin…don’t go near it!  Triggers are different for everyone, so keep a checklist of when your symptoms occur so you can identify the patterns.
  • Moisturize!  Now this might take a few times to get right, especially if there are certain ingredients you are sensitive to.  However, keeping your skin healthy and hydrated could help ease some symptoms.

Have you ever had Rosecea?  What are some of the things you have done to successfully treat it?  We want to hear your stories!

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