One of the most common skin conditions you've never heard of
(BPT) - What affects an estimated 16 million Americans, more commonly occurs in women and tends to appear after age 30? If you didn’t guess “rosacea,” you’re not alone – 78% of Americans don’t know what this condition is despite the fact that it’s very common. Rosacea appears on the skin as redness, unpredictable blushing, pimples, bumps and can even affect the eyes, causing itchiness and irritation. Unlike the more commonly known skin issue – acne, rosacea isn’t caused by bacteria: inflammation is the culprit, and it can be exacerbated by internal factors such as stress, anger, embarrassment or by external triggers, including spicy foods, alcohol and hot beverages.
Hot temperatures and sunny weather can also trigger rosacea, so summertime, particularly with long days at the beach and outdoor events, has many of the elements that contribute to rosacea flare-ups.
The good news is that rosacea can be treated by your dermatologist and by making simple changes to your skincare routine. Certain foods and drinks can also impact rosacea, so by being conscious about what you’re eating/drinking can also help.
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