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Stress Is A Rosacea Trigger


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One rosacea trigger that is always on every rosacea trigger list is stress. We all have noticed that when we are under stress our rosacea breaks out big time. Many anecdotal reports confirm this finding. It may be one rosacea trigger that everyone could agree with, but there is little research being done on this. You might find some useful information by reading this post on Psychology and Rosacea.

One report suggests, "For example, inflammatory skin disorders; such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, rosacea and acne; are widely believed to be exacerbated by stress." [1]

"Muller et al. reported that mental stress leads to an increase in skin sympathetic nerve activity (SSNA). SSNA is involved in vasodilatory activities and has been shown to elucidate intermittent vasodilatation on the skin [81]. SSNA hyperresponsiveness after mental stress was observed in the supraorbital skin of patients with rosacea. Such exaggerated sympathetic responses might trigger the symptoms of rosacea and also cause local inflammation and neurovascular dysregulation in these patients." [2]

End Notes

[1] Brain Behav Immun. 2013 Mar 18. pii: S0889-1591(13)00135-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2013.03.006. [Epub ahead of print]
Nerve-derived Transmitters Including Peptides Influence Cutaneous Immunology.
Madva EN, Granstein RD.

[2] Int J Mol Sci. 2016 Sep; 17(9): 1562.
Published online 2016 Sep 15. doi:  10.3390/ijms17091562, PMCID: PMC5037831
Rosacea: Molecular Mechanisms and Management of a Chronic Cutaneous Inflammatory Condition
Yu Ri Woo, Ji Hong Lim, Dae Ho Cho, and Hyun Jeong Park, Chris Jackson, Academic Editor

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