Just as no two people are alike; no two people will react in exactly the same way to those things that trigger rosacea. Our rosacea trigger response is based on many variables such as what medications we have used on the recent past or perhaps may still be using, how we handle stress, how dehydrated our skin is, if our immune system is compromised to the degree that we also are affected by allergens, how much sleep we routinely have or any changes in any one of the above variables.
Any of these rosacea triggers can act as a stimulus to activate our rosacea response. The rosacea skin response once activated will display symptoms of redness, flushing, itching, bumps under the skin in the form of papules or pustules, acne pimples, inflammation or swelling of the facial skin. In most cases the rosacea response is limited to the facial area, primarily around the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. It is possible in incidences of a more severe triggered response for the neck, ears and even the eyes to experience rosacea symptom involvement.
In each instance, if we are aware of what rosacea triggers activate our rosacea response, we can minimize the impact the sometimes unavoidable trigger will have on our skin. Knowledge of our rosacea triggers provides us with the power to manage and control the response our skin has to that trigger.
With every rosacea trigger, there is a catalyst that determines our rosacea response. We can sure up our defenses against our rosacea trigger responses by boosting our body’s immune system. The stronger our immune system, the less severe our response to rosacea triggers. So how do we boost our immune system? Get an average of 8 to 10 hours of sleep every day, and be consistent in your sleep habits – it doesn’t work if you average 4 hours of sleep one day and 12 the next. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water per day for a person of ideal weight who is moderately active. If you have a stressful job or work outdoors or even work indoors in a climate controlled environment or drive carpools all day, you may need to increase your water amount to avoid dehydration. Balance is the key here and keeping your body pH balanced will boost your immune system and lessen your rosacea trigger responses.