What Triggers Rosacea?

In commemoration of Rosacea Awareness Month, it is important to continue raising awareness on this skin condition that affects many people each year. Since it is a chronic and potentially disruptive for daily life, one of the most important factors for people with rosacea is to know how to manage their symptoms, which may include redness, flushing, pimples, skin thickening, eye irritation, and swelling.

In addition to medical treatment, another way to manage rosacea is to beware of common triggers that could lead to worsening of symptoms. The following are some of the most common triggers that have been reported:

  • Sun exposure
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Strong winds
  • Excessive exercise
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Hot baths/sauna
  • Spicy foods
  • Humidity
  • Cosmetic products containing alcohol or fragrance
  • Certain medications

If you are unsure if you have rosacea, look for these warning signs and consult with a board-certified dermatologist:

  • Redness on the face, especially the cheeks, nose, forehead or chin.
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face
  • Acne-like bumps
  • Swelling or irritation of the eyes

If left untreated, rosacea continues to worsen over time, so seeing a dermatologist for diagnosis is an important first step. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology in New Jersey has been treating patients of all ages for over 30 years and has specialties in dermatology, anatomic and clinical pathology. Dr. Vaillant treats all types of skin, hair, and nail conditions such as acne, dandruff, hair loss, skin cancer, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, impetigo, nail fungus, warts and age spots. Get compassionate high quality care by scheduling an appointment at our Old Bridge, NJ office at (732) 679-0222 today!