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What causes ocular rosacea?

Ocular rosacea often accompanies rosacea in other areas of your face, and the exact cause of rosacea is unknown. However, certain substances or conditions can bring out rosacea. If you have ocular rosacea, you should avoid potential irritants. These include things that may make a person blush or otherwise inflame blood vessels, such as:

  • foods that are spicy, extremely hot, or high in caffeine
  • weather conditions, such as too much sunlight, heat, or cold
  • alcohol
  • certain cosmetics or medications.

Rosacea and ocular rosacea tend to occur more commonly in people with fair skin, so genetics also plays a role in causing the condition.

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