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Rosacea Myths Debunked

April is Rosacea Awareness Month: This is the second post in our Rosacea Blog Series during Rosacea Month. Discover the basics as well as our top Rosacea tips and tricks in our first post here

Chances are you have heard the about Rosacea. However, there is a lot of misconception out there surrounding Rosacea. The goal of Rosacea awareness month is to help raise awareness of this widespread yet often misunderstood chronic facial disorder. Below are five common rosacea myths with information to help you correct these false assumptions to become more aware of what Rosacea is and what causes Rosacea flareups.

Myth 1: Coffee and Caffeine Cause Flare-ups

Fact – The thermal heat of warm beverages, coffee included, is what commonly triggers a Rosacea flareup. Coffee and caffeine is not the trigger.

Myth 2: Rosacea is Caused by Not Washing Your Face

Fact – Rosacea is not caused by poor hygiene. Too much cleansing and use of products with harsh ingredients are known to worsen Rosacea symptoms.

Myth 3: Rosacea is Contagious

Fact – Rosacea cannot be caught.

Myth 4: Rosacea = Acne

Fact – Rosacea and acne are not the same. There are some common symptoms such as small, pus-filled red bumps, but the causes and treatment are different.

Myth 5: Rosacea Is Caused by Heavy Drinking

Drinking alcohol is a known Rosacea trigger but it is not the cause of the condition.

Myth 6: Rosacea Is Caused by Consuming Spicy Foods

Consuming spicy foods is a known Rosacea trigger but it is not the cause of the condition. Spicy foods that are known Rosacea triggers include: black pepper, paprika, red pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Are you thinking you might be part of those 16 million Americans who have Rosacea – be proactive in your skin’s health. Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. If you haven’t seen a medical professional yet and are self-treating your signs and symptoms, consider this April your motivation to seek proper diagnosis and treatment.

If you have Rosacea, what are some of your favorite skincare products?