Rosacea is a chronic skin condition with flare-ups characterized by redness, and pus-filled bumps, often on the cheeks, nose, and forehead.
It affects approximately 16 million Americans, which is more common among fair-skinned individuals. Rosacea is often mistaken for acne, eczema, or an allergic reaction.
Because rosacea has a visible impact on the face, people living with rosacea may also experience emotional struggles such as low self-esteem, low self-confidence, and decreased social interactions.
Improvement of facial appearance can significantly boost a person’s mental well-being, which is why many people living with rosacea are looking to take advantage of any treatment options that can minimize their symptoms.
Types of Rosacea
There are four main subtypes of rosacea, each with a slightly different appearance:
- Subtype 1: Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR) – flushing and persistent redness
- Subtype 2: papulopustular rosacea – bumps and pimples may look similar to acne
- Subtype 3: rhinophyma (less common) – thickening of the skin, often enlargening the nose
- Subtype 4: ocular rosacea – dry eyes, tearing, burning, swollen eyelids, potential visual impairment
Most rosacea patients experience characteristics of more than one subtype at a time or in succession.
Different subtypes of rosacea require different treatment strategies to manage those particular symptoms.
What Causes Rosacea?
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but it is thought to be due to genetic and environmental factors.
Some of the potential triggers that can worsen rosacea flare-ups include:
- eating spicy foods, cinnamon, chocolate, or citrus
- drinking hot coffee or tea
- bacterial infection
- hormonal changes
Some people also report that certain skincare products can worsen their rosacea symptoms, but this may be due to unrelated sensitivities and allergies rather than a true rosacea trigger.
Coconut Oil and Rosacea
There is no known cure for rosacea.
While coconut oil can be beneficial for many skin conditions, there is currently no scientific evidence that it can be used to treat rosacea.
However, it is generally recommended that individuals living with rosacea take good care of their skin, which includes:
- avoiding irritating skincare products
- wearing sunscreen anytime you are exposed to the sun
- gentle cleansing of the face
- preventing dryness with moisturizing products
Using coconut oil on your skin may help to soothe and moisturize it and may help to reduce the inflammation associated with rosacea flare-ups.
If you are experiencing rosacea symptoms, it is best to speak with your doctor or dermatologist for a formal diagnosis and appropriate treatment recommendations.