The precise, specific roots of the symptoms of rosacea remain obscure. There is no existing scientific proof to show what it is exactly that instigate the condition. There are many ideas about what causes rosacea, though. Studies are being conducted which hopefully will shed light on the condition, especially how to manage the symptoms, as well as how to stop its development.
The fundamental rosacea symptoms are the dilated tiny blood vessels underneath the skin on the face – causing flushness or the “red face.” Because of this, many are of the opinion that it is a disorder of the vascular system. There are doctors who theorize that the condition has to do with the central-nervous-system, primarily because the symptoms become exaggerated when the patient goes through some emotional turmoil.
Another hypothesis about the swelling which accompanies the condition is that the increase in blood flow when one becomes flushed results in a swell in tissue fluid. This fluid tends to accumulate if the lymphatic system fails to deal with the increase effectively. The resulting inflammation contributes to making the skin thicker than normal as the tissues build up.
And then there is the “mite theory.” The mite referred to as Demodex follicular makes its home in our skin, usually around the hair follicles. It is microscopic in size and feeds off dead cells. Nobody is certain how this mite can cause rosacea, but it has been determined that people with the condition have more of the mites than people without rosacea.
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori associated with lacerations in the duodenum has also been mentioned as contributors to rosacea. This association seems drawn from the fact that the bacterium raises gastrin levels, stimulating flushes. There are, however, newer studies which run counter to this belief, pointing to the fact that there is no significant difference between people with or without rosacea as far as the presence of the bacterium is concerned.
Many say that rosacea is fundamentally genetic in character. The propensity for it can be inherited; it can run in your family. The fact remains though that there are also many other mitigating factors affecting its manifestation. Excessive sunbathing is one. The Demodex follicular already discussed is another. Gastrointestinal problems can bring it about. Some medications taken for other medical conditions may also result in rosacea.
Rosacea seems to affect primarily the regions of the face associated with “blushing.” It also seems to zero in more on individuals who tend to flush even without much provocation. Many individual reasons readily activate the inclination for a red face. Intense emotions provoke the symptoms. When you are anxious, agitated, embarrassed, and extremely afraid – when feelings become intense the symptoms can be inflamed. Simple changes in the weather – strong gusty winds, the cool early morning or evening breeze, the day becoming humid – all these can cause the condition to flare up. An exhausting physical work-out, a drinking spree, indulging in spicy food — these have been likewise identified as triggers. It is also amusing to note that multiple patients complain of aggravated symptoms during the holidays probably related to the high emotions and stress related to these occasions of “holiday cheer.”
There are other things which further elicit the appearance of the symptoms. Fair-skinned people, especially those of English, Irish, and Scottish lineage are especially prone to red face. Females are more inclined towards it than the men. Women who are entering or are already in their menopausal stage are also prime candidates. Those who are between the ages of thirty and fifty – the so-called middle-age phase, lead the pack.2016-08-08