To date, it is not possible to prevent rosacea. However, if you or a young family member face a high risk for developing rosacea in the future, there are steps you can take to limit now the impact of this condition.

Dermatologists have identified a condition known as ‘pre-rosacea’ seen in people under 30 years of age.

Finding out if you may have pre-rosacea and taking the actions mentioned below may help to limit the impact of this condition.

Signs of pre-rosacea include:

# A tendency to flush and blush frequently. These episodes are usually triggered by exposure to hot or cold weather, alcohol or spicy foods.
# Highly sensitive skin that gets red easily, and burns or stings when using some skincare products.

Important risk factors:

  • Having fair skin, blond or red hair and blue, green or hazel eyes. People of Celtic or Northern European origin have higher rates of rosacea.
  • A family history of rosacea. Up to 30% of rosacea sufferers have a close family relative with this condition.

Suspect this may be you? Avoid rosacea triggers, ensure gentle, protective skincare and always use sun protection. Seek treatment at an early stage if needed to lessen damage to your skin and help get this condition under control.