There are so many misunderstandings and myths about rosacea and knowing the facts about rosacea can help you in making positive decisions about the health and treatment of your skin.
The time worn theory that rosacea is caused by excessive alcohol consumption is simply not true. What is true is that when people drink too much alcohol their facial skin may develop a flushed appearance but this is caused by the alcohol dehydrating the body resulting in a more rapid rush of blood to the skin’s surface layers of skin to replace the moisture lost due to dehydration. This would also explain why some people develop a more pronounced alcohol flush than others.
Another theory that is running rampant these days is that mites cause rosacea. This theory has been bounced around the dermatology circles for years with no real basis. The fact is everyone has mites and skin bacteria on the surface of their skin. Our skin forms the protective barrier that shields our internal organs from these external organisms. If the protective barrier of the upper layer of skin is breached due to cuts or abrasions on the skin, you would be more likely to develop a small area of swelling just under the skin similar to a mosquito bite. The blood rushes to the affected area to provide additional protection to fight the intrusion. Not rosacea just a small red bump similar to a bee sting or bug bite.
Rosacea is a product of an immune system imbalance – it IS part of a systemic, whole body condition. The skin as the body’s largest organ is the first to react to imbalances within the body. The skin on the face is thinner than the skin on the rest of the body, therefore the facial skin tends to be the first to show signs systemic imbalance.