With roughly 3 million new cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., rosacea is an all-too-common skin condition that causes facial redness, inflammation, and the formation of small pus-filled nodules. Although rarely a medically concerning condition, rosacea can affect a person’s self-esteem. The presence of bright-red spots that resemble acne will make the individual self-conscious, at which point he or she may limit public exposure. The good news is that you can often reduce the effects of rosacea by following some simple steps.
Limit Exposure To Sunlight
Rosacea is often brought on by certain “triggers,” one of which is exposure to sunlight. If you notice symptoms manifesting after staying outside for a prolonged length of time, try limiting your exposure to sunlight. The sun’s UV rays, combined with the excessive heat, may irritate your skin, causing the symptoms of rosacea to manifest. And if you do plan on staying outside, be sure to wear sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF).
Another common trigger of rosacea is stress. When your experience stress and anxiety, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which subsequently effects the skin. So, how can you lower your stress levels? One of the easiest ways is to perform deep breathing exercises, taking slow, deep breaths, holding them for a couple of seconds, and exhaling. Doing this for as little as 5-10 minutes each day can make a world of difference in your stress levels and your rosacea.
Many dermatologists have noted that strenuous exercise can bring on episodes of rosacea. Does this mean you should maintain a sedentary lifestyle? Not necessarily, as exercise plays a key role in maintaining a health heart. However, you should listen to your body and avoid pushing yourself beyond your physical limits. If you feel weak, tired and/or fatigued, take a break. Pushing yourself will only increase the risk of a rosacea outbreak.
Seek Professional Help
Of course, you should also consult with a professional dermatologist to determine the best course of action for treating your rosacea. Since each and every case is different, only a dermatologist can provide insight into how to prevent outbreaks from occurring.
While anyone can suffer from rosacea, studies show that women are three times more likely to develop the condition than their male counterparts (note: rosacea is also more common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50). However, you can follow the tips mentioned above to better manage this condition.