The telltale sign of rosacea is the blush, the flush, the facial area redness commonly occurring on the central portion of the face primarily on the cheeks and nose. For many in its earliest stages, the redness will not be a constant occurrence but will tend to come and go, sometimes lasting a few hours or perhaps for a day, maybe two. Initially the redness may be misinterpreted as over-exposure to sun resulting in the appearance of a slight sunburn, an allergic reaction to a soap or cream applied to the skin or a flush of embarrassment. As rosacea progresses, the flushing redness becomes more pronounced and more frequent. One may notice at this time that the flushing is accompanied by a sensation of burning or heat on the skin, dryness or slight discomfort. Treatment at this time is best provided by soothing the dryness or flushed skin with a calming balm of cool water or moisturizing oil such as chamomile, borage or jojoba. These oils would be applied to the skin by dampening the skin and applying a few drops of oil to the wet fingers and patting or smoothing the oil over the affected areas. Be careful not to rub the skin as this can result in additional irritation.
As the flushing progresses, one would be best served to take note of the occasions when the flushing occurs or any product applied to the skin which results in flushing to try to minimize or control the occurrence of the flushing.
One thing not often considered that plays a big role in flushing is proper hydration. If the body becomes dehydrated, the skin will become flushed, pink and even hot to the touch. Drinking enough water to keep the body well hydrated can ease the symptoms of facial redness. How much water one needs to stay hydrated, can vary based on activity level, climate, stress, fatigue, and even medication one might be taking. If your skin feels dry, itchy or hot to the touch, increase your water intake to ease the symptoms, as you learn to pay attention to what your body is telling you, you learn to adjust your water intake to meet the needs of your skin. Just as everyone’s rosacea symptoms are different, everyone’s need for hydration can also vary.