Why does rosacea happen and how can I prevent it?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD

This genetic inflammatory disorder has no known cause and is especially common for those with fair skin and light eyes. The triggers, however, are well known, and avoiding them is key to alleviating the problem. Chief among them is UV exposure, and the cheapest, easiest, and most effective way to treat rosacea is to wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun. Heat (and hot, spicy food) is another trigger, so it's important to keep your temperature regulated. Try not to take long, hot showers or baths, and exercise in a cool environment (swimming is a good sport for people with rosacea). If you begin to heat up and start to flush, drink a glass of ice water to cool you down from the inside out.

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