Your skin works tirelessly to protect you, but it’s also prone to damage from several factors, resulting in conditions contributing to nearly 2% of all diseases worldwide. One in four people in America deals with some type of skin condition, which varies in severity and nature, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and different forms of cancer.
There are also chronic skin conditions that only appear during outbreaks, like rosacea. This common inflammatory condition (affecting 14 million people in the United States) comes in different types and can have symptoms similar to other skin problems like acne. But how long do flare-ups of this illness last, and can rosacea go away on its own?
Let’s look at the types of rosacea, its causes and triggers, and how to prevent flare-ups and treat this illness.
The various forms of rosacea can be broken down into four subtypes:
Also referred to as erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR), this is a persistent type of rosacea where people experience facial redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels.
Papulopustular (or acne) rosacea appears as pimple-like bumps and is more common among middle-aged women.
Also called rhinophyma, this is a rare form of rosacea more common in men where the skin thickens around the nose.
This is ocular rosacea, and the symptoms of this type of rosacea are commonly seen around your eyes, causing styes, painful bumps, and light sensitivity.
The overall causes of this skin condition aren’t entirely understood, but hereditary and environmental factors, along with an overactive immune system, are generally thought to be involved. Other possible causes include microscopic skin mites, infection, and the malfunctioning of the protein cathelicidin. Your chances of dealing with rosacea increase if you’re female, have skin that burns easily in the sun, smoke, are over 30, and have a family history of the condition.
An outbreak of rosacea can be triggered by several things, such as spicy foods, hot drinks, alcoholic beverages, sun or wind, extreme temperatures, blood vessel dilating drugs, and some cosmetic products for skin or hair.
Rosacea is a treatable condition, but not a curable one. As it generally becomes a problem during flare-ups, managing your condition involves knowing how to reduce the number of times flare-ups happen and how to treat the problem when it comes.
Avoiding food and drink that cause outbreaks is a great place to start, as well as reducing your exposure to temperature extremes, comedogenic products (unless doctor recommended), and keeping your skin moisturized.
There are different options to treat rosacea during a flare-up, including medicated skin creams, antibiotics, isotretinoin (Accutane®), laser treatment, and eye drops. If nothing is done to treat the symptoms of your illness, it will only worsen over time.
So, sadly, rosacea won’t go away by itself, but it can be treated, and we can help. Make an appointment with the team at Ice Cave Body Sculpting today to get the help you need to reduce the impact rosacea has on your life. Call our location closest to you or book a visit online today.