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A rosy complexion is usually looked upon as a glow of health. But in some cases that rosy glow might signal a common skin problem know as rosacea. Reoccurring patches of redness on the chin, forehead, nose or cheeks is the first sign of rosacea. This progresses until the skin redness becomes darker until it is permanently inflamed. In some cases bumps will appear. Rosacea can also affect the eyes causing itching and burning. Sever cases may see excess tissue developing around the nose area. Studies show that fair skinned people are at the highest risk for rosacea. One in twenty adults are afflicted.
It is unclear if environmental or genetic conditions cause rosacea to occur. The redness appears when blood vessels in the skin lose their elasticity and tend to dilate easily. Rosacea can be triggered by any food or activity that causes the skin to flush. Hot beverages, spicy foods, hormonal changes, exercise, some medications, stress, caffeine, alcohol and hot weather are some of the known triggers. This is a cronic condition that can not be cured but often can be controlled to prevent skin damage.
The classic symptoms of rosacea are burning, itching, bloodshot eyes, a feeling of tightness in the facial skin, swelling and redness on the nose, tiny red bumps or spots and prolonged redness in the areas mentioned above. It is believed that supplements can improve rosacea. Vitamins B complex, A, B12, C, Zinc, Riboflavin and essential fatty acids are said to help. Studies show that some people who suffer rosacea have much higher numbers of skin mites that can be controlled with the B vitamins. Splashing the area with a strong chamomile tea will sooth the inflamed area. Using fragrance free facial products has also proved helpful. Other ways of helping include careful blotting of the face instead of rubbing and using sun screens.