Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? (That’s one to keep in the mind bank for your next pub quiz!) Although it is there to protect us from the outside world, it is not invincible. This is why many people may experience skin conditions. One of the most common and recognisable is rosacea, and today we’re going to delve deep into its causes and how you can manage its symptoms.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that can cause redness to the face. Although it is common, it is usually misunderstood, as it can come and go. Unfortunately, there is no ‘cure’ for rosacea, but it is easier to control once you know the symptoms.
What Are the Main Symptoms of Rosacea?
If you have rosacea, your skin may become red and flushed quickly, and it may be sore to touch or when you use particular skincare products. A rash of papules (bumpy spots) may also appear, and pustules (pus-filled bumps) can appear across your face, including over your nose, cheeks, chin and forehead.
What Can Cause Rosacea?
Unfortunately, the cause of rosacea is unknown; however, it is thought to be bought on by several environmental and lifestyle factors. Some of the most common triggers include:
- Exposure to sunlight
- Spicy foods
- Extreme hot or cold weather
How to Manage Symptoms of Rosacea
Living with rosacea can be tricky, as when the flush comes, you can do nothing about it there and then. Your skin may flush during social activities, or it could remain red for hours after a workout. So, one of the best ways to manage the symptoms is to know what may bring it on. Start writing in a diary when and where you have flare-ups so you can track and avoid any apparent triggers.
As well as keeping a diary, you can also overhaul your skincare regime to ensure it is as gentle as possible and formulated to combat redness of the skin. Avoid perfume or alcohol-based products and always finish your regime with a broad-spectrum SPF (even on cloudy days!)
Shall I Speak to a GP?
The signs and symptoms of rosacea will vary from one person to the next. For example, while one person could be troubled by constant blushing, another may experience more bumps and pimples. Therefore, what may work for one person won’t work for another, so if rosacea affects your day-to-day life and over the counter treatments have not worked, you may want to speak to your GP. They will be able to offer you individual advice on how to reduce your symptoms.
Alternatively, you can use our Superdrug Online Doctor service. All you need to do is fill in a brief medical questionnaire, and our doctors will review it and may prescribe treatment for you if suitable.
To find out more about our Rosacea service click here: Rosacea Treatment.