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What Causes Rosacea in Men? (How to Reduce the Risk of Rosacea)

According to a scientific article published in 2007, the rosacea cause in men and women is a “trifecta of unfortunate factors”. Basically, the skin redness is a symptom of the immune system’s inflammatory response. After we look at some causes let’s see: How to Reduce Your Risk of Rosacea.

Inflammation is an essential part of the immune system’s ongoing attempts to keep the body healthy. Within the bloodstream are naturally occurring antibodies and antimicrobials. They are capable of kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other infectious agents.

Researchers conducting the 2007 study found that patients with acne-rosacea have higher than normal blood levels of the antibodies and antimicrobials. This causes inflammation of the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer.


Papulopustular or acne-rosacea is only one of the subtypes. Four different sub-types have been identified. Patients may have a combination of the four

The other three types are:



*and ocular.

The Erythematotelangiectatic is accompanied by some permanent skin redness with a tendency to blush easily and frequently. Tiny blood vessels may be visible near the skin’s surface. Burning or itching may also be symptoms.

The Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea cause in men could include severe sunburn, frequent razor burn, frequent exposure to cold temperatures, working in humid outdoor weather or indoor working environments that are too hot. Scientists sometimes refer to those things as triggers, rather than causes.

The Phymatous type is usually accompanied by an enlarged, bulbous nose. The enlargement is due to the formation of granulomas, another immune system response in which the body attempts to block off foreign bodies it has been unable to eliminate.


Other symptoms of this sub-type may include increases in the skin’s thickness and the formation of cysts or nodules. Skin redness may be seen on the chin, forehead, cheeks, ears and eyelids. Visible blood vessels are also seen in this type.

The Phymatous rosacea cause in men and women could be an overgrowth of intestinal bacteria or an inflammatory reaction to bacteria and mites naturally present on the skin’s surface.

The ocular type may be present in any of the three sub-types. The only unique symptom is that the eyes are negatively affected. There is burning and itching. It feels like something is “in” your eye.

The Papulopustular type is sometimes confused with adult acne. In addition to skin redness, pimples, red bumps and pustules filled with pus may be present. The bumps may only last for three or four days. So they may also be confused with razor burn.

One of the main points of the 2007 article had to do with what is “not” Papulopustular rosacea cause in men or women. It is not caused by an overgrowth of the P acnes bacteria. The researchers want people to understand that inflammation or an over-active immune system is the underlying cause so that they will better understand the recommended treatments.


People suffering from all of these types have identified a number of triggers that contribute to skin redness.

*Sun exposure




*alcohol consumption and

*hot baths are triggers for 51-81% of patients.

Now that you understand more about the rosacea cause in men and women, you’ll be happy to know that there are effective treatments and preventative measures. You’ll learn about those in my next article – How to Reduce Your Risk of Rosacea.

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