The redness associated with rosacea can often be miss-interpreted in its early stages. One might observe a rosy glow on the cheeks or the full facial flush of embarrassment. The flushing may only be present around the mouth and nose area resembling a bad cold. Rosacea has even been said to have the appearance of a sun burn.
What sets rosacea apart from all these is the duration of the flush, the intensity of the flushing and the progression over time to a more permanent facial redness. In its early stages the duration of the facial flush could be less than an hour during each episode, as it progresses over time the duration of a flush could last several days to several months at a time. Over time the flushing inflammation can cause the skin to become irritated, itchy and swollen.
The key to managing the flushing is determined by identifying what triggers cause or worsen your flushing. It could be one isolated cause or as in most cases a series of triggers that can be the catalyst for your flushing episodes. A common list of flushing triggers can be found on our flushing page . Keeping a rosacea journal and listing any events that triggered your flushing can help you to identify what your flushing triggers are and thus help you to manage or minimize those events. Be aware there will be some triggers you cannot avoid or control. When you cannot avoid a trigger, learn ways to counter act it. If stress is a factor in your rosacea flushing, find ways to control manage or reduce your stress levels. If dehydration triggers your rosacea flushing, Design your own hydration routine to help you keep your body well hydrated and thus reduce or control this rosacea flushing trigger. Sometimes controlling these two factors can influence your ability to control or reduce your response to your other flushing triggers.