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What causes rosacea?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

No one knows what causes rosacea. What we do know is that it tends to run in families and it can be exacerbated by factors that cause blood to rush to your outer layers of skin. These factors may include alcohol, spicy foods, exercise, anger, stress, temperature, and caffeinated drinks among others. Most experts agree that rosacea is partly a result of genetic factors and party a result of environmental factors. Beyond that, little has been determined about the cause of rosacea.

Several theories exist to explain the still-unknown cause of rosacea, but one truth is certain: inflammation is at the heart of the problem. What we don’t know is what triggers that inflammation. It could be a generalized disorder of the blood vessels, or something more specific such as microscopic skin mites, psychological stress, sun exposure, weather, alcohol, hormones, spicy foods, heavy exercise, hot tubs, fragrances, allergies, and so on. It may also be a combination of factors. Symptoms as well as triggers can vary considerably from person to person, and knowing what activates your rosacea is step one in preventing and controlling it.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.