Rosacea may be considered a symptomatic allergic response to situations of environmental or emotional stress. Stress triggers an over responsive immune system reaction heightening our senses and our sensitivity not only to our surroundings but also to our internal defense system. Once this immune system response cycle is triggered, the body can launch into an over-productive stage of action and reactionary processes.
The body will begin to become over stimulated and go into hyper-production of an inflammatory compound known as Interleukin-6. Interleukin-6, or IL-6, is a molecule used for cell-to-cell communication that plays an important role in the body’s immune system response. This would result in a heightened sense of body heat and flushing. The situations in which your face becomes red with embarrassment would be one example of this heightened inflammatory response. For some this response may last a few seconds for others it could linger for hours depending on one’s individual ability to calm the triggers of hyper-production.
Many times our skin reacts as a result of contact with an allergen, with stress related allergic responses; our skin is reacting to a much stronger emotional, physical and psychological allergen. Learning to control stress can be the key to controlling the rosacea symptoms of flushing.