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Rosacea Triggers: What Puts Roses On Your Cheeks?

Rosacea Triggers: What Puts Roses On Your Cheeks?

Rosacea refers to a long-term skin condition that primarily affects the patient’s face. This condition is more prevalent in women than it is in men, and is more common in cases of people with lighter and fairer skin. However, it is observed that men exhibit more severe symptoms when affected by rosacea, thus highlighting the importance of understanding rosacea triggers.

Rosacea Triggers

Signs and causes of rosacea may be better examined by understanding rosacea triggers.

In a majority of cases, initial rosacea signs include a redness across one’s forehead, cheeks, chin, and other parts of the face.It surfaces and regresses time and time again. The red coloration may be more difficult to observe in patients that have darker complexions.

As rosacea develops, the symptoms begin to show more intensely over time, until the redness appears on your face permanently.

The actual cause of rosacea is unknown. It may arise due to a combination of environmental and hereditary factors. However, the development of rosacea is not related to a person’s level of hygiene.

Listed below are several examples of rosacea triggers that may cause flare-ups:

  • Consumption of spicy food and/or hot drinks
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Exposure to high levels of wind or sunshine
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Cosmetic products
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Physical manifestations of emotions, for instnace facial expressions of anger
  • Drugs or medications that are responsible for dilating one’s blood vessels

Signs and Symptoms of Rosacea

Rosacea include symptoms such as:

  • Enlarged nose – As rosacea develops, the condition may lead to the thickening of the skin on or around the nose, making it appear bloated or bulbous. This is known as rhinophyma. This type of symptom is more prevalent in men than in women.
  • Eye Irritation and similar problems – A multitude of patients with rosacea experience problems with their eyes. Symptoms usually include dryness, swelling, irritation, and redness. The patient may have blepharitis, which appears as sore and inflamed eyelids. In several cases, the symptoms affecting the eyes appear before the skin symptoms.
  • Red and swollen bumps in affected areas – A key symptom of rosacea is the appearance of red and swollen bumps, which resemble acne. In some cases, these bumps contain pus or discharge. These skin bumps almost always cause the affected areas to feel tender to the touch and very warm or hot.
  • Facial redness – Aside from the presence of red and swollen bumps, rosacea’s key feature is the overall redness of the face. This is caused by the accumulation of small blood vessels in the cheeks, nose, and other parts of the face, resulting in the swelling and enhanced visibility of facial redness.

Treatment of Rosacea

A doctor or dermatologist may provide accurate treatment plans and methods tailored for your case and needs. There are also actions one may take ito help deal with the symptoms and rosacea triggers.

Things to avoid:

  • Drinking alcoholic beverages
  • Eating spicy food or drinks
  • Consuming hot drinks
  • Drink too many caffeinated drinks
  • Overwork yourself
  • Performing too much exercise
  • Eating cheese or heavy dairy products
  • Going to environments that are hot, humid, or have high levels of sunlight

Things to do:

  • Apply or wear a dermatologist-approved high SPF sunscreen every day before going outside
  • Take active steps in managing one’s stress levels
  • If afflicted by blepharitis, consult your doctor and perform prescribed cleaning or maintenance steps
  • Ensure that your skincare products are gentle and do not cause side effects that are harmful to your skin, and to areas affected by rosacea
  • Cover your face when you are in a cold environment

Key Takeaway

Rosacea is not a critical skin condition, but it poses some danger, and may cause frustration for people that are trying to improve or mitigate the effects of its symptoms. A trusted and qualified dermatologist may know what is best for you. Some preemptive measures can go a long way in managing rosacea triggers and effects.

Learn about Other Skin Diseases here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


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Written by Amable Aguiluz Updated Jun 16, 2021
Medically reviewed by Angeli Eloise E. Torres, MD, DPDS