Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition which consists of red patches, small red bumps and visible broken blood vessels. It is important to note that although sometimes referred to as “adult acne” rosacea is not acne and the two should not be treated as one. It is primarily found on the central region of the face and nose and is typically seen in fairer skins. Some causes may be related to genetics, sun exposure, or gastrointestinal disease and can be triggered by stress, extreme temperatures and winds, alcohol consumption, or spicy foods.
Although rosacea is not curable, it can be treated and controlled with the use of topical or oral antibiotics as well as laser skin treatments. Certain lifestyle changes can also be made to aid in lessening the redness such as avoiding sun exposure and always using a sunscreen, limiting spicy foods or hot beverages, and limiting alcohol consumption. A good tip when facing these cold winter days and harsh winds is to be sure to cover up one’s face with a scarf or ski mask to avoid a flare up!