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Spotlight on Rosacea: Lifestyle and Genetics May Play Equal Roles
Monday, March 14, 2016
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For the more than 16 million Americans that are estimated to suffer from rosacea today, the causes of this chronic skin condition have long been debated. The dreaded signs, including facial redness, bumps, visible blood vessels and watery eyes, associated with the disease have been historically attributed to emotional, environmental and food-related causes. Yet, recent findings suggest that genetics may play just as much of a role in rosacea as lifestyle.

Researchers at Case Western University published study findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (August 2015) showing that genetics seem to contribute to a substantial 46 percent of rosacea risk—making genetics the root of the problem nearly half the time. If you have a family history of rosacea, consult with your doctor and avoid triggers like alcohol, hot steam baths, spicy foods and caffeine, as well as minimizing stress and anxiety.

When it comes to the environment, sun exposure remains a crucial factor in rosacea flare-ups, and experts recommend strict sun protection as the best defense. Case Western University study also revealed that obesity, alcohol and heart disease appear to raise the risk that skin patients will be “seeing red” from rosacea. Even hormones are believed to be a trigger.

While both genetics and environment appear to equally cause rosacea, there’s unfortunately no known cure. The good news for patients, however, is in the form of topical treatments and oral antibiotics that can provide relief for recurring inflammation and irritation. In the meantime, you can beat rosacea at its own game by treating the symptoms and making anti-rosacea lifestyle changes.

If you do not suffer from rosacea but still experience sensitive skin on a regular basis, SOOTHE Regimen is clinically tested to decrease visible redness, peeling, dryness and stinging, while shielding against environmental and biological aggressors—so you can stay on track to a healthy-looking, even-toned complexion.

 

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