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Causes of Rosacea - 4 Contributors to Help Your Rosacea Awareness

Oct 9, 2007
Though much is known about the condition, it is thought to be tied to an immune system disorder, there is no single known cause of rosacea. Because of this, there is no single known solution either. We will discuss some common contributors found in people who suffer from rosacea which hopefully will be a step towards allowing you to control your skin condition.

Race and ethnicity can play a big role in you getting Rosacea. One survey by the National Rosacea Society found that 33% of respondents reported having at least one parent of Irish heritage, and 27% had a parent of English descent. Other ethnic groups with higher rates of rosacea included people of Scandinavian, Scottish, Welsh, or eastern European descent.

Since these genetic traits are beyond our control, some may be more prone to get rosacea for no other reason than their family heritage.

While emotional stress is one of the most common tripwires for rosacea flare-ups, using stress reduction techniques may help reduce flare-ups for the great majority of rosacea sufferers, according to a recent survey of Rosacea Review readers.

In a survey of 602 rosacea patients, 88 percent said that their rosacea flares up when they are under emotional stress. Only 8 percent reported that stress was not a factor.

However, survey results show that stress reduction techniques definitely help. About 62 percent of respondents said they had incorporated stress avoidance and reduction techniques into their lifestyles, with 92 percent of these sufferers reporting that controlling stress had reduced their rosacea flare-ups.

Flare ups can often happen during stressful situations however, there are techniques to cope with it. According to the National Rosacea Society there are several ways of stress management techniques. One of them is maintaining a healthy diet, cutting out caffeine and getting enough sleep. Another way is to do a deep - breathing exercise: you inhale and count to ten, exhale and count to ten again. This should be repeated several times. You can also use a visualization technique. To do this, sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and try to imagine somewhere beautiful or maybe your favorite holiday spot or anything which gives you pleasure. Try to hold that image in your head for several minutes to feel the peacefulness.

Diet is critically important for all aspects of a healthy lifestyle and shouldn't be thought of as "just a way" to help control rosacea.

A poor diet is not the primary cause of rosacea, but it makes a difference as to how bad your condition gets. Avoiding spicy foods has helped many people with rosacea cut down on flare-ups, but there appear to be more rosacea trigger foods than doctors once thought.

People with the condition often avoid spicy ingredients, such as hot pepper and horseradish. A new survey shows, however, that there are many more foods act as rosacea triggers. The research appears in the summer issue of Rosacea Review.

More Foods to Worry About

Five hundred rosacea patients took part in the survey. Participants reported being affected by some obvious rosacea trigger foods such as hot peppers (61%) and Mexican-style foods (52%). Some of the other foods included:

Hot sausage (45%)
Red pepper (53%)
Black pepper (22%)
Vinegar (19%)
Paprika (15%)
White pepper (14%)
Garlic (11%)

Some studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce your outbreaks' severity.

As with the other factors mentioned, environmental conditions are not the sole cause of rosacea but they can have an impact. Here are some tips:

- Protect your face from the sun with sunscreen (SPF15 or higher) and a broad-brimmed hat.
- Stay in a cool, air-conditioned environment
- On hot, humid days, sip cold drinks
- In cold weather, cover cheeks.
- Use a moisturizer daily in winter.

Some Rosacea sufferers find their condition worsen during certain seasons.

There are of course many other factors that contribute to the outbreak and triggers of rosacea. The four detailed here may or may not be a factor in your battle with this disease but I feel the more you know the better your chances of living a normal lifestyle as you find ways t minimize or even eliminate the condition.
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