Distinguishing rosacea from other facial skin conditions can be a challenge. Acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis all have a commonality – they all display symptoms of skin redness, inflammation, and irritation. Complicating the issue is the fact that they can and often do occur together. Determining if you have one skin condition or two or even three at the same time can affect how you address the treatment protocol.
Rosacea is traditionally defined as facial redness that may come and go but eventually become more persistent or even permanent, inflammation and swelling are often present and as it progresses one may observe small red bumps or blemishes called papules and even disfigurement of the nasal area.
The baseline for treating rosacea often begins with the identification of those factors that aggravate or worsen your rosacea skin symptoms. Modification of the habits that worsen your rosacea can help control and limit the symptoms. While this in many ways the easiest method of treating your rosacea, it can also be the hardest to do. We are creatures of habit and we don’t always like to change and this is the point where many people will turn to something they can apply to the skin to reduce or remove the damage to the skin without having to change the factors or habits that are causing the skin to be so red in the first place. You may find some short-term success with this approach but ultimately change will be necessary for lasting results.
We all like to compare our rosacea symptoms with others, our treatment plans with others to see what’s working and what isn’t. With rosacea this can be difficult as each person displays different symptoms, varying areas of affected skin, and multiple degrees of reaction not only to the treatment but to outside influences that can trigger a rosacea flare into action or make an existing flare worse.
Determining the current state and severity of your rosacea condition can be a challenge as rosacea progresses and wans, worsens and improves throughout the day with a varying array of symptoms and reactions from morning through the night.
Various studies have indicated that ocular rosacea occurs in 40 to 60% of rosacea sufferers. Another common occurrence with rosacea is acne. Seborrheic dermatitis, which is defined as dry flakey patches of skin, has also been found to occur with rosacea, perhaps as a result of overly aggressive or drying treatments.
There have been many studies to indicate that diet plays a role in the severity of rosacea. Diet choices can both improve rosacea and make it worse. It may not always be the food you consume but the additives or preservatives that you are reacting to.
A recent study published in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition, states that too little water leads to a variety of health related conditions and issues, and this is often the case with rosacea. A simple test to determine if dehydration plays a role in the severity of your rosacea is to double or increase the amount of water you are
drinking for two to three weeks and with no other changes to your rosacea treatment routine, monitor your symptoms and note any improvements you might observe.