Understanding what triggers an episode of ocular rosacea can be beneficial in finding ways to avoid or at least minimize the occurrence of ocular rosacea. It has been said that having facial rosacea can lead one to have a predisposition to developing ocular rosacea, and yet not everyone who has facial rosacea develops ocular rosacea. Keeping a journal of events that occur just before an episode of ocular rosacea can help you to identify and manage your ocular rosacea triggers. To aid in your journey of discovery of your ocular rosacea triggers, some of the more common triggers are explained below.

Eye makeup is one of the more common ocular rosacea triggers. Each time you use eye makeup, you transfer bacteria in the air, one the skin or even on the eye lashes to the makeup applicator which can then grow and evolve on the makeup and applicator. Each time you apply your makeup you transfer that bacteria to the eyelid and eyelashes. One way to reduce this risk is to purchase the smallest package of makeup possible and replace the makeup often.

Lotions, potions, anti-wrinkle and anti-wrinkle creams are another common ocular rosacea trigger. Again each time you use these products you transfer bacteria from the makeup, the air, the fingertips or applicator and the skin to the eye area increasing the risk of bacteria coming in contact with the eye. Many of these creams and lotions also contain ingredients which can be too harsh for the sensitive skin around the eye, causing damage to the eyelid area, irritation and allowing an avenue for germs and bacteria to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin.

Seasonal allergies can also trigger ocular rosacea flares. Allergies can cause itchy, watery eyes. The eyes become swollen, red and irritated. The urge to rub your eyes can cause additional transfer of bacteria from your hands to the eyelids and eye.

Any list of ocular rosacea triggers must include bacteria transferred from hands each time you touch your eyelids or rub your eyes. Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently and trying to be mindful to avoid contact with the eye area can lessen this risk.

Blood pressure medications work by increasing the blood flow to reduce or lower the blood pressure. If you are already at risk of having ocular rosacea, this can cause the ocular rosacea episodes to be more prevalent. If you need the blood pressure medication to control you blood pressure than definitely take it, but work to minimize all other triggers you do have control over.

Another common culprit that triggers ocular rosacea is contact lens solution. Some solutions are naturally irritating to the eyes, so it can be beneficial if you find one that irritates your eyes, to try another brand, don’t try to wait it out and hope your eyes adjust. Also the cleaning solutions can easily become contaminated so again go with the smallest container and replace frequently.

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