Menopause and rosacea can make women feel very self-conscious.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition and it is very common. It is one of the most under-diagnosed menopause skin conditions, often dismissed as skin sensitivity as it shares similar symptoms.
This condition mainly affects the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead, but it can also affect the eyes (ocular rosacea), which causes redness, burning, itching and swollen eyelids.
Rosacea is most commonly diagnosed in those with fairer skin tones, and typically begins between the ages of 30 and 50. The cause of rosacea is not yet fully understood, although it seems to happen for a combination of reasons.
These include genetics, the immune system and environmental factors like sun exposure, triggers and certain medications.
Flushing and the sensation of warmth in the face are common features of menopausal hot flashes and menopause has been found to trigger or worsen rosacea in some sufferers.
Lifestyle measures in which the symptoms may be relieved in menopausal women include:
- Avoiding sun exposure and applying sunscreen
- Exercising in cool temperatures to reduce the risk of flushing
- Avoiding spicy foods, hot beverages, alcohol and caffeine consumption
- Careful selection of skin care products and cosmetics that are suitable for sensitive skin. Products containing alcohol or harsh chemicals that may irritate the skin should be avoided.
- Avoiding hot baths and showers
- Performing regular moderate exercise
- Eating a healthy balanced diet
- Quitting any smoking or substance abuse
- Performing meditation and other relaxation techniques to combat stress
Although there is no known cure for rosacea, the condition can be managed and controlled with medication.
How do we treat Rosacea?
- Simplify your skin care routine
- Optimise your hormones-you can consider hormone replacement therapy to improve the general condition of your skin
- Topical and oral medication
- Laser treatments
Consult your doctor and get yourself treated for this condition as it can be handled with medical intervention.