Rosacea effects over 16 million Americans, so we’re sure you heard of it. Heck, you may even have it! We’re here to help make sense of Rosacea and address those concerns for individuals who suffer with it.
Rosacea (4 types) is a chronic disorder that is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Individuals have observed that it typically begins any time after age 30 as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. After a while, the redness tends to become ruddier and more persistent. If left untreated, bumps and pimples can develop & even in severe cases, that snoz (nose) of yours can grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. Though Rosacea can effect any individual, it mainly affects those with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily. Women are often more vulnerable to this disease, though men tend to see the worst of the worst symptoms. In a survey conducted by the NRS (National Rosacea Society), more than 90% of patients said their condition had lowered their self-esteem and even 41% of people said that it caused them to avoid public places.
The Primary Signs of Rosacea –
- Persistent redness
- Bumps and pimples
- Visible blood vessels
- Eye irritation
- Burning or stinging
- Dry appearance
The Four Types of Rosacea –
- Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (that is the longest word I’ve ever typed): Redness, flushing, visible blood vessels. – often most common
- Papulopustular rosacea: Redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.
- Phymatous rosacea: Thickening of skin and has a bumpy texture.
- Ocular rosacea: Eyes are red and irritated, eyelids become swollen, and person may have what looks like a sty.
How to Avoid a Flare-up
First and foremost, visit your dermatologist – they will be able to help you best care for your skin and get you on the road to better looking skin.
- Avoid spicy foods
- Avoid alcohol
- Watch the intensity of your workouts
- Avoid excessive temperatures – too hot or too cold
- Avoid hot soups
- Avoid dairy products
- Avoid stress
- Avoid products like scrubs or toners or anything with strong scents
- Avoid peppermint and eucalyptus oil
- If you’re a woman, make sure to manage your menopausal symptoms as these can cause flare-ups
- 100% avoid the sun & wear sunscreen (in a survey conducted by the NRS, 81% said sun was the #1 trigger)
What You Can Do to Combat It
Not all of us want to depend on medicine to address skin conditions – though we do strongly recommend going to your dermatologist, there are things you can do on your own to help control your Rosacea signs and symptoms –
- Lather up on sunscreen
- Use vitamin A on your skin
- Treat any flareups with coconut oil – very soothing on the face
- Talk to your doctor about doing dermabrasion or laser therapy
- Consume healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts, etc.
- Eat high quality proteins – like salmon
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods like broccoli, collared greens, carrots, tomatoes, green tea
- When it’s cold in the winter, protect your face with a scarf
- Use products for your face that are hypoallergenic
- Consider taking supplements like Primose & Black Seed Oil & vitamin D
- Consider taking probiotics to aid in digestion (I mean, half of every issue in your body starts with your gut)
And last but not least, here is a great DIY mask that you can do at home to help lessen the symptoms of Rosacea –
Here’s what you need –
- 3-5 Aspirin (a form of salicyclic acid) – be careful not to use too much as it can become irritating
- Honey (preferably manuka honey)
- Yogurt (full fat)
Crush the aspirin, add about 2 tbsps of yogurt, mix in 1 tpsp of honey and add 1 tbsp of oatmeal. Apply the mask for 10-20 minutes and remove with a warm, moist washcloth. Do this a couple times a week for best results….
Honey – moisturizing
Yogurt – contains lactic acid that helps dissolve dead skin
Oatmeal – moisturizing and soothes irritated skin
Aspirin – the salicyclic acid helps exfoliate skin
For more ideas on how to address your Rosacea, just contact Cheeky Complexion! We’re here to help!