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Learning About the Rosacea Skin Disease:

Rosacea is caused by hundreds of dilated blood vessels near the surface of the face. Do not be fooled! Rosacea can look a lot like acne. Black heads and whiteheads, however, are almost never present. Like acne, rosacea is very common, occurring in 1 in 20 Americans.

Rosacea begins with flushing of the face. This is caused by those dilated blood vessels mentioned earlier. That is just the beginning. This flushing occurs for many reasons. Rosacea flushing can come from what you eat, the medications you are taking, the stress you are under, and many other things. Putting your finger on what exactly causes rosacea flushing is difficult. Sometimes you flush for more than one reason. What you put in your body does directly effect what you see on your face. Consumption of alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and spicy foods can be factors of rosacea flushing. Rosacea can flare up on account of the weather: how hot or cold it is. Rosacea flushing can occur while using other medications and steroids.

Different people react differently to these rosacea "triggers," but all of the triggers have something in common: they are acidic on the pH scale. Keeping the body's natural pH neutrality or balance is key to preventing rosacea flare ups and redness. Adopting a good alkaline rosacea diet can be a giant step in the right direction. Basically, as you improve your overall health, you reduce the chances of suffering from rosacea flushing. The body can not function normally when it is overly acidic, so do yourself a favor and avoid the rosacea triggers mentioned above, as this is the best cure for rosacea!

Because of rosacea vascular flushing, you could be experiencing other problems as well. Facial papules and facial pustules are sometimes a result of rosacea flushing. Papules are raised lesions that occur very similarly in acne. Unlike acne however, rosacea papules do not come from bacteria. They occur from rosacea vascular flushing. Pustules, like papules, are lesions caused by flushing. A pustule, contains pus, because it is located around a sebaceous gland... whereas papules are not.

About 60% of rosacea sufferers can also be expected to suffer from ocular rosacea, a form of rosacea that effects the eye.  Chronically red, itchy eyes, puffy eyelids, and inflammation can be a sure sign that you have ocular rosacea as well.

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