How Do You Get Rosacea?

I hear you.

My skin was great. I have had beautiful skin all my life, but now wham! rosacea has reared its ugly head. If you hang around the rosacea boards for any length of time this story will become familiar.

Risk Profile

So just how do you get rosacea?

Well the NRS Blog has an answer to this plea. It is all about your risk profile.

If you are over 30 with fair skin, have a relative with rosacea and are of Northern European Ancestry then the statistics suggest that you are at risk for having rosacea.

Sorry, but sometimes it is just down to sheer probability.

Risks Answer ‘Why Me?’

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

“Why me?” is a question many ask when they find themselves with the embarrassing effects of rosacea – which may include facial redness, visible blood vessels, bumps, pimples, eye irritation and other symptoms if left untreated. While rosacea can strike all segments of the population, surveys by the National Rosacea Society have revealed a profile of those most at risk for this conspicuous and chronic condition:

Other Reasons

Of course if you are outside the common risk profile, you could still have rosacea. Other common reasons include over use of steroids, exposure to the sun and elements, stress, tendency to flush and more.

There is Hope!

It might feel unfair, but now that you have a diagnosis of rosacea, you are already on the way to relief. Here are some articles that will get you started.

[update:] There is also a thread at the Rosacea Community Forum that you might find helpful: Why did I get rosacea NOW in my 40’s?

About the Author

About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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4 Reader Comments

  1. Jen says:

    I had never used steriods, but anti-biotics-YES. And consuming plenty of foods that promote yeast growth like, Beer, Vinegar-yes vinegar and lots of it because I was told that it was good for you, but vinegar kills bacteria, good and bad, it’s a preservative. I am finally showing some improvement by eliminating vinegar and malt of all forms from my diet.

  2. DonkeyLady says:

    Thank you Jen. That was very helpful. I too eat a lot of vinegar. I even make my own pickles (which my husband loves….which encourages me to make more!). So, I’ve stopped that. Now I only eat naturally fermented “raw” pickles. I’m looking for confirmations on this, and you just gave me one! Thanks.

  3. ben says:

    During adolescence I suffered from acne and constantly used face washes soaps, detergents etc with limited effects. In my 30 I was diagnosed with rosacea after presenting with redness, dryness, itchiness, dilated cappliaries on my nose and cheeks. Initially I used metro gel with a gentle cleanser (clinique) 2 x a day with reasonable results, I then had several laser treatments and was put on to 2% eryacne gel with good results. However in last 12 months this method began to fail and I was using more and more eryacne gel with limited success. THe redness was getting worse and the cappilaries more dilated. I then read that milk can cause acne roasacea, no real scientific evidence, but tried anyway. So drinking soy milk and avoiding dairy for last few weeks. The second and what I feel has been the most credible lifestyle change has been the complete and utter avoidance of any type of cleansing, moisturising agent on my face. I only use zinc oxzide sunscreen, fragrance free, during the day, that is all. If I wash my hands I dont then touch my face because I dont want any soap on it at all. When I get in the shower I place my face under the warm water, no touching, no rubbing, just let the gentle water pressure do its best. At first the dry flaking skin annoyed me, this was why I cleansed in the first place, however by just leaving it alone it has reduced significantly. My rosacea has cleared and I feel great. Summary: Avoid dairy, but most importantly under no circumstances whatsoever put any kind of chemical, product except zinc oxide sunscreen on your face. And if a blemish does appear just dab a tiny amount of anti-biotic gel on it ie eryacne. Hope this helps someone.

  4. nicole says:

    before rosacea, my skin are normal, but then, when i started using a soap that has the whitening effect, my nightmare started..My face is not very red, but the main problem is the acne ,but the acne gel won’t help,they appear near the center of the face, i really wish i can reverse my skin to the normal state as before,is it impossible?

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