For the more than 15 million people with rosacea in America alone, understanding one's individual triggers for the disease is critical. While sunlight exposure is perhaps the most well-known cause, recent research has shown that high temperatures and infrared heat itself can be reliable predictors for that unwanted blush of rosacea.
The Connection Between Heat and Rosacea
Recent research findings published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology support the claim that rosacea is a heat-sensitive skin disorder, while recent survey data shows a strong correlation between higher temperatures in a region and online searches for information on rosacea symptoms.
Rosacea is characterized by chronic skin inflammation on the face, and comes in four distinct types, though the symptoms are often mistaken for other disorders, such as acne. A person is more likely to suffer from rosacea if it runs in their family, but there are also environmental factors that can exacerbate or induce this condition. Furthermore, overactive immune systems are commonly associated with rosacea, as the immune system speaks in a language of inflammation, i.e., redness in the cheeks, nose and face.
People with rosacea have higher cutaneous blood flow, as well as hyperactive sympathetic nerve reactivity. When exposed to higher temperatures, this sympathetic hyperactivity leads to greater redness and flushing in people with this diagnosis than in subjects without the condition.
In addition to elevated temperatures inducing rosacea flareups, one should also be aware of other common triggers, including sun exposure, rapid changes in temperature and humidity, and strong winds. Certain foods and beverages can also cause a surge of redness, particularly spicy and fried foods, alcohol, caffeine, and chocolate. Mental stress and physical exertion are similarly linked to bouts of rosacea, as is exposure to environmental toxins or harmful chemicals, which an overactive immune system may react to via inflammation of the skin.
While there are ways to avoid some of these triggers, it is equally important to know how to manage the symptoms and quickly rebalance your skin's immune response.
Hyaluronic Acid for Rosacea
There is no cure for rosacea, but this splotchy redness of the skin can be controlled. Due to the skin hypersensitivity of people with rosacea, using skincare products that are gentle and soothing is critical, such as those containing hyaluronic acid. It is one of the few organic acids recommended for this condition, as it is a natural emollient, meaning that it moisturizes and reduces inflammation without irritating already sensitive skin.
Hyaluronic acid is produced by the body, and is concentrated in the joints, eyes and skin, but our body's production decreases as we age, leading to certain superficial signs of aging. By replenishing our skin with hyaluronic acid via lotions or creams, we can improve its texture and appearance, reduce redness and balance skin tone. By protecting and reinforcing the skin's moisture barrier, hyaluronic acid can mitigate the symptoms of rosacea, while also lowering the risk of future flareups.
In addition to supporting the immune function of the skin, hyaluronic acid can also boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it a comprehensive balm for even the most sensitive skin.
A Solution from NeuLuna
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