We all like to compare our 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.

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