Rosacea is a common and chronic skin condition characterized by reddened skin in the central part of the face. In many cases, small blood vessels swell and become visible on the cheeks and nose. Some people also develop bumps that look like acne.
Rosacea can also cause rhinophyma, a condition in which the skin on the nose becomes abnormally thick, making the nose look bulbous. While rosacea, in general, is more common in women, rhinophyma is more likely to occur in men.
Anybody can develop rosacea, but it is most common in women who have fair skin and are between 30 and 60 years old.
What Are Rosacea Triggers?
Rosacea is not constant; it has remissions and flare-ups. If it isn’t treated, the redness lasts longer and becomes more noticeable. Rosacea triggers are environmental and lifestyle factors that can cause or exacerbate a flare-up. They vary from patient to patient, so a trigger that causes a flare-up in one patient may not affect another.
Common triggers include temperature extremes, exposure to the sun, emotional stress, the wind, strenuous exercise, alcohol, spicy foods and hot baths.
Since every patient responds to different triggers, the patient will have to identify their triggers to determine the best way to prevent flare-ups.
The National Rosacea Society devised a diary to help patients identify their triggers. At the end of each day, a patient will record whether or not they had a flare-up.
The diary provides a list of the most common triggers, plus space for adding comments or descriptions. The patient should keep a diary for at least two weeks.
How Can Someone Prevent Flare-Ups During the Summer
Summer is often hard for rosacea patients. When surveyed about their condition, over 80 percent of patients named sun exposure as a trigger, making it the most common one.
The National Rosacea Society has compiled a list of ways to prevent flare-ups during the summer. Even people who don’t have rosacea should follow many of these recommendations since excess sun exposure can be dangerous to anybody.
The NRS, for example, advises patients to avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when its rays are at their most intense. People who want to avoid sunburns or skin cancer get the same advice.
At Dermatology Associates, we recommend wearing sunscreen of at least SPF 30 when outside.
There are also ways to keep cool, like staying in an air-conditioned environment on hot days and wearing an ice pack on the neck or sweatbands soaked in cold water around the head and wrists when outside.
Athletes should exercise during the evening or early morning when temperatures are cool. Patients should also drink plenty of fluids to keep themselves cool and hydrated.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Located in Norwood, Foxboro and Franklin, Dermatology Associates is here to help you in preventing your rosacea flare-ups this summer. We have various treatment options available to ensure you stay cool, calm and flare-up-free during the hotter months.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment.