We know that Rosacea is aggravated by exposure to the sun, heat, hot drinks, spicy food and alcohol. Alcohol does not cause Rosacea but will increase redness as will all acidic foods and drinks. Soft drinks and mixed alcoholic drinks are high on this list.
Hot baths or showers, stress and harsh skin care products also exacerbate the symptoms of rosacea. Never use soap on your face, it is too drying and will increase flakes on skin which in turn block pores. Another no-no is turning your face into the shower stream. This can accelerate the appearance of small spider veins.
Some people have postulated that Rosacea is due to an infestation of tiny mites in the skin that burrow into the skin and hair follicles and cause the reaction. The fact that topical metronidazole (a type of antibiotic) has been used with considerable success, makes one believe that this may be an important part of the problem. Research is continuing.
There is another angle as well: all the signs are also typical of photo-damage (UV damage) to the skin. The central part of the face gets more sun than the sides, and pale-skinned people get more sun damage than darker skinned people. It is possible that an infestation super-imposed on photo-damage is the underlying cause of the problem.
Broken capillaries (Telangiectasia) is most likely due to the destruction of the collagen support around the blood vessels and this of course would be the result of chronic photo-degradation of both vitamin A and C.
Experience shows that long-term use of a skin-care range containing vitamin A and C with antioxidants, leads to improvement in the rosacea. A-C-E Vitamin C Serum contains vitamins C, A and E in a pure oil form.