Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that affects more than 16 million Americans, according to the National Rosacea Society. It’s characterized by visible blood vessels (often enlarged capillaries), redness, flushing, and pesky acne-like bumps—most commonly on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. As rosacea is a chronic condition, sufferers often experience flare-ups and remissions. These are 10 things you need to know about rosacea, whether you have it or not.
According to Arash Akhavan, MD, a dermatologist and founder of The Dermatology & Laser Group in New York, NY, rosacea triggers include eating inflammatory foods, such as alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods, and environmental factors, such as sunlight and wind. “We also tell our patients to avoid certain ingredients in skin care and cosmetics, such as retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, and beta hydroxy acids, which can be too harsh for sensitive rosacea-prone skin.” Concerned your skin care might be making symptoms worse? Read up on the 8 signs your products are secretly damaging your face.