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    No one really knows the cause of rosacea but there are many theories. The current most popular one is that rosacea is a disorder of the innate immune system. For over twenty years the vascular theory was held as the most promising. What is interesting is at the heart of the innate immune system theory is that this includes an overproduction of cathelicidin (a killer of microscopic organisms that is at the cellular level found in white blood cells and also found in cells on the skin) that is transported in the vascular system, so we have come full circle. There are many other theories worth considering but a good place to start your research is our post on Theories Revisited

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      Alcohol intake and risk of rosacea in US women
      Suyun Li, BA, Eunyoung Cho, ScD, Aaron M. Drucker, MD, Abrar A. Qureshi, MD, MPH, Wen-Qing Li, PhD
    • "Researchers have found that women who consume alcohol may be more likely to develop rosacea than non-drinking women, with white wine and liquor being the biggest offenders." White wine linked to rosacea: study, New York Daily News White wine, liquor may raise women's risk of rosacea, by Honor Whiteman, Medical News Today Your Favorite Drink May Increase Your Risk of This Skin Condition, by Brittany Burhop, Senior Editor, NewBeauty Drinking White Wine Raises Your Risk of Developing Rosacea
      By Ashley Weatherford,The Cut, NY Mag White wine may do no favors for a woman's skin, By CBS News, KZBK Alcohol consumption increases rosacea risk in women, Science Daily White Wine Raises Women's Risk for Rosacea, NewsMax
    • ""We also tell our patients to avoid certain ingredients in skin care and cosmetics, such as retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, and beta hydroxy acids, which can be too harsh for sensitive rosacea-prone skin." Concerned your skin care might be making symptoms worse? Read up on the signs your products are secretly damaging your face."" Got Rosacea? These Makeup Tricks Will Make It Disappear, by Lindsay Cohn, Readers Digest