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Rosacea Symptoms and Solutions

If you have Rosacea you already know about the pain and embarrassment that come with rosacea, and how debilitating it is to go through your day with a red face. The fact that rosacea usually attacks the one area of the body that you just can't hide only makes it worse.

It may help to know that you are not alone. An estimated 14 million Americans suffer from rosacea, including some very well known people. Have you heard of Bill Clinton, Mariah Carey or Rosie O'Donnell? They are all prone to rosacea.

The National Rosacea Society says that 74% of rosacea sufferers have cancelled social events because of an outbreak. Now that is a shame but more than that, it may be unnecessary.

Although there is no cure for rosacea, there is relief. Rosacea Relief Serum is a scientifically formulated and highly effective solution to rosacea.

The makers of Rosacea Relief Serum believe that with a little knowledge, self-awareness and good planning, you can minimize the symptoms of rosacea and prevent outbreaks in the first place. This article explains how you can learn to do that, and why Rosacea Relief Serum is the best way to minimize and ultimately banish rosacea completely.

To start with, let's review some of the common symptoms of rosacea. They include:

  • bumps and pimples
  • burning or stinging
  • dry appearance
  • eye irritation
  • flushing
  • redness
  • skin thickening
  • swelling
  • visible blood vessels

Note that these symptoms don't always appear all at once, but an outbreak always includes at least one of these symptoms. Of the millions who suffer from rosacea, many are unaware that they're susceptible. The risk for rosacea is higher if you have fair skin and are prone to blushing. Although rosacea occurs more often in women than men, when it does hit men it does so with greater severity.

Rosacea primarily affects the face, with redness on the nose, skin, cheeks and forehead. Occasionally it will appear on the back, neck or chest.

While the cause of rosacea remains unknown, several theories exist. One theory is that rosacea is a disorder of the blood vessels. Another is that rosacea is an impairment of the connective tissues under the skin. In any event, we do know many of the factors that trigger rosacea, including:

  • alcohol consumption
  • emotional stress
  • exposure to sun and wind
  • heavy exercise
  • hot beverages
  • hot or cold weather

Rosacea Solutions

There are several ways to avoid a rosacea outbreak. The obvious ones are to avoid the above triggers that bring on an outbreak. Sometimes that's possible, and sometimes it's not. Of course you can't control the weather, but you can control what you drink, alcohol intake, hot beverages, etc. You can also use stress management techniques to manage stress. And you can limit heavy exercise.

Having said this, it's not always practical to avoid rosacea triggers, nor is it enjoyable if you like coffee or an occasional glass of wine or a beer. Moderation helps of course, as does your basic physiology. If you know that alcohol triggers your rosacea outbreaks, you can use discretion.

Medical Solutions

You might also do well to seek medical advice. A doctor can prescribe medications that reduce rosacea symptoms. Sometimes these are effective. There are also surgical procedures, in which doctors remove the blood vessels responsible for redness in the nose and face. Emerging technologies involving lasers might help as well.

Alternative Solutions

You should always consult with a physician before using any non-traditional therapy. He or she can help you weigh the pros and cons of an alternative treatment. Even "all natural" therapies can have side effects and interact with medications. For example, using St. John's Wort with ACE inhibitors may lead to severe photosensitivity or sensitivity to sunlight.

Like other medical conditions there is a long list of alternative therapies that are said to improve the symptoms of rosacea. The problem with alternative therapies is that there's no conclusive evidence that any of these therapies are effective and some are even harmful.

In a survey of rosacea patients trying alternative therapies, none of the patients reported being aware of the potential side effects but 8% reported having a "bad reaction." Most patients said they stopped using the alternative therapy because they found it to be ineffective.

Alternative therapies for rosacea include:

  • black currant (Ribes nigrum)
  • borage (Borago officinalis)
  • colloidal silver
  • emu oil
  • evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)
  • fish oil
  • laurelwood
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • oregano oil
  • vitamin K

If you have found relief using an alternative or natural therapy share it with others. We all need a little pain relief now and then.



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