“Doctor… I am an active guy who really enjoys being outdoors at the weekend, but after a couple of hours outdoors I have noticed that my skin is becoming red and irritated, what should I do?”
Rosacea is a more common skin condition than most people think… In the UK, over five percent of the population is currently suffers from it.
And it isn’t just us regular folk who are unfortunate enough to have it. Cameron Diaz, Renee Zellweger, and more closer to home Carol Smiley have all publically acknowledged that they have also been suffering with Rosacea.
Surprisingly, in a lot of Rosacea cases it isn’t just the redness that bothers patients, but the irritating, burning sensation that comes with the skin condition. This can flare up significantly when exposed to the elements.
A commonly asked question that sufferers ask their doctor or dermatologist is “I know I have Rosacea, but what is causing my Rosacea to flare up all the time?”
Rosacea triggers need to be looked at on a case-by-case basis, but in many situations the triggers tend to be the same. A frequent suggestion by medical professionals is to keep a diary and write down any diet, lifestyle and environmental changes that occur around flare-ups.
A study conducted by the National Rosacea Society in the US, interviewed 1066 sufferers and asked them from their personal experience what they believed were the most commonly associated triggers of Rosacea flare-up’s.
That’s all well and good some may say, but how am I to get rid of it? Or at least minimise the incidence of flare ups?
Lifestyle changes can be tough and in some cases unrealistic. Sufferers who are particularly fond of the outdoors, maintain an active lifestyle or simply enjoy having a few drinks at the weekend; advice to maybe go a little easier on these activities, can fall on deaf ears.
If you suffer from Rosacea and these lifestyle changes are not something you would be willing to compromise, then realistically you will have to look into either having a course of laser treatment or to see what medication you could perhaps take. If this is the case then you should always seek advice from a qualified, medical professional.
Remember, everyone’s skin is different and there are many different categories of Rosacea. A laser treatment or course of medication that that works on one patient may not necessarily work as well on another.
An experienced doctor or dermatologist should be able to advise you on the best course of action to treat both your Rosacea, and to minimise flare ups in the future.
Natura Skin Clinic