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Rosacea Causes


Rosacea is a complex system of action and reaction.

Rosacea partially results from an overly acidic body and skin. The pH (potential of hydrogen) ranges from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. All the rosacea triggers come from "acidic items" regardless of whether they are foods, drinks, stress, or merely out of breath. If we hold our breath for 30 seconds or 60 seconds, we will all notice that our face turns pink or red. The cause of this flushing event is a build up of carbon dioxide, which is an “acidic” gas, and we have a shortage of oxygen.

When we exercise for a short period of time, we have a build up of "lactic acid", which is a body waste, which is obviously acidic. Those with rosacea and acne may also have a build up of acids in our blood stream due to the foods and beverages that we consume. Rosacea triggers such as alcohol, coffee, various medications, etc. all have a pH below 7.0 or are termed acidic. Our objective therefore should be to balance, buffer or neutralize the acids with alkaline.

Dehydration or an insufficient intake of water can also create an acidic environment within the body. The skin being the body’s largest organ will be the first to react to this deficiency. Keeping the body well hydrated helps to keep the body’s pH balanced and helps to keep rosacea under control.

Another common cause of rosacea is related to what we have applied to our skin. Many moisture creams contain anti-wrinkle or anti-aging ingredients. These ingredients are too often harsh for the skin. Read any label and you will see a warning to discontinue if redness or skin irritation occurs.

The cause of rosacea can be the result of many factors:

  1. The treatments used for other conditions can cause rosacea symptoms as a side effect of treatment. Many of the drugs available today list as a side effect of the medication skin redness, rash and itching. Drug companies consider this a minor inconvenience.
  2. Genetics’ or a pre-disposition for rosacea. If your parent had rosacea, you may be more prone to having rosacea. Or could it be that the habits that led to our parent’s rosacea were inherited or passed on to us.
  3. Overkill or overly aggressive treatment. If a little dab will do you, then three dabs must be three times as good. In most cases, the answer is no. one dab will help; the other two just send you two steps backwards. The end result, you are now worse than when you started treatment.


Learn more about the dual effect of rosacea and dermatitis at The International Rosacea Foundation.

More Information about dermatitis can be found at The International Eczema-Psoriasis Foundation.

More Information about treating and living with dermatitis can be found at Dermatitis-Ltd.