Until now, the exact cause of Rosacea is not defined but most scientists within this area of study believe that it is not only one factor, but many that combine to cause this skin disease. There have been many claims to the cause of Rosacea, all of which are significantly backed up with scientific evidence but the question of what causes Rosacea still remains on the most part a mystery.
In this article I would like to uncover some of the factors that could be the cause of Rosacea. In any case, despite the cause being questionable – there are a variety of treatments for this skin disease that are effective in limiting the physical appearance and the discomfort it sometimes has in individual patients. If you believe that you are suffering from Rosacea you should make an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist to figure out an appropriate method of treatment – the sooner the better.
Factors of the Immune System – It has been discovered that those who suffer with Rosacea also have some issues with their immune system. A significant amount of Rosacea sufferers have been tested positive with the HIV virus. A generally low immune system means more bacteria build up in the body and PH imbalance which could be a cause of Rosacea in some patients.
Endocrine Disease – Hormonal dysfunction may also be a cause of Rosacea. Women in particular who go through major hormonal changes during pregnancy or the menopause are quite susceptible to flushing/blushing brought on from Rosacea and other symptoms of the skin disease. In such cases, when the hormones have balanced out – Rosacea may improve without the need of treatment.
Hereditary – It is a common belief that Rosacea may be hereditary and as much as 40% of patients admitted that a close relative had also suffered from the skin disease.
Failure of Thermo-regulation – Blushing and flushing is brought on by various factors such as exposure to hot/cold, alcohol consumption and emotional distress. It is thought that Rosacea sufferers have problems to regulate the blood’s flow and temperature so that blushing and flushing is more apparent and can last for longer than in someone without the disease.
Psychological Distress – Although not thought to be a primary factor, Rosacea sufferers notice an increase in the skin disease when they are under pressure or emotionally imbalanced. Stress or anxiety attacks could make the skin show more visible signs of Rosacea.
Demodex Folliculorum – What are we speaking of here? This is a mite that resides in hair follicles of humans. This species of mite is mostly found in the hair follicles of the face – eyelashes, eyebrows and around the nose. Again – this is not the main cause of Rosacea but may have some part in it. Rather it could be a reason for the inflammation found in some patients.
Helicobacter Pylori – Don’t worry about the pronunciation! This is the name given to a bacteria that lives within the stomach or the duodenum of humans and can cause chronic inflammation in the stomach lining and ulcers. Some scientists think there is a relationship with Rosacea and this bacteria and when treating the bacteria the signs of Rosacea can also be alleviated.
We can only hope that one day the true cause of Rosacea will be discovered so that effective methods of treatment can be devised. In the meantime, a course of antibiotic medications can and will help but it won’t eliminate this chronic disease forever.