Rosacea is a skin problem that causes people to flush easily and develop redness, pimples, and thread veins on their cheeks, nose and forehead. It often starts in the second or third decade of life, and women are more often affected than men. It is common, affecting perhaps 10% of adults.
Flare-ups of rosacea are caused by triggers that stimulate the blood vessels in the face to dilate, which causes facial flushing. Common triggers are sun, exercise, hot weather, emotional stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot baths.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown. One theory is that it may be the result of highly reactive blood vessels as well as inflammation and infection. Given that rosacea causes increased warmth in the skin, bacteria might be encouraged to grow, causing the pimples and bumps. Tiny mites (Demodex folliculorum) that normally live on our skin may also play a role: People who have rosacea have more of these mites on their faces than those who don’t have the disease. Many people with this skin condition have a family history of rosacea.
There may be some relationship between rosacea and Helicobacter pylori bacteria, which causes an infection in the gastrointestinal tract, although studies are conflicting. It is unclear whether treatment for this bacterium improves the symptoms of rosacea.
Rosacea is not caused by alcohol or poor hygiene, as was once believed. However, alcohol is considered one of the triggers for facial flushing and can cause symptoms to get worse.
Solari IPL is a must-have for those suffering from rosacea. Typically performed on the face, neck, chest, back or hands, best results are seen with five or more treatments.
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