Unlike acne, rosacea isn’t associated with a skin infection by one type of bacteria, although antibiotics are sometimes prescribed to treat its symptoms. A chronic condition, it gets worse over time and is generally cyclic, flaring up for a period of weeks to months, and then subsiding for a time.
Is rosacea an immune disease?
Rosacea is now understood to be an inflammatory disorder, based on the finding of an abnormal innate immune response system in persons with “rosacea-prone” skin.
Why do I suddenly have rosacea?
Anything that causes your rosacea to flare is called a trigger. Sunlight and hairspray are common rosacea triggers. Other common triggers include heat, stress, alcohol, and spicy foods. Triggers differ from person to person.
Is rosacea caused by virus?
The exact cause of pityriasis rosea is unclear. Some evidence indicates the rash may be triggered by a viral infection, particularly by certain strains of the herpes virus. But it’s not related to the herpes virus that causes cold sores. Pityriasis rosea isn’t believed to be contagious.
What happens if rosacea is left untreated?
If left untreated, rosacea can lead to permanent damage
Rosacea is more common in women than men, but in men, the symptoms can be more severe. It can also become progressively worse. Leaving it untreated can cause significant damage, not only to the skin, but to the eyes as well.
Further research is needed on the role of the gut skin connection in rosacea. Epidemiologic studies suggest that patients with rosacea have a higher prevalence of gastrointestinal disease, and one study reported improvement in rosacea following successful treatment of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
What is the root cause of rosacea?
Causes of rosacea
The root cause of rosacea has not yet been conclusively proven. Many believe it’s caused by a defect in the blood vessels of the face, which are prone to dilating too easily. Experts have also claimed that rosacea can be the result of a reaction to mites commonly found on the facial skin.
What vitamins are bad for rosacea?
Vitamin B6, Selenium and Magnesium deficiencies result in the dilation of blood vessels, especially on the cheeks and nose. Another common nutritional deficiency in Rosacea is vitamin B12, a large vitamin that requires a carrier molecule for transportation around the body.
What should you not do with rosacea?
To reduce the likelihood of a buying a product that will irritate your skin, you want to avoid anything that contains:
- Glycolic acid.
- Lactic acid.
- Sodium laurel sulfate (often found in shampoos and toothpaste)