Rosacea – How to manage my Rosacea skin condition
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea, a chronic inflammatory skin disorder is characterised by the appearance of redness along the cheeks and nose. This skin condition begins slowly and the skin becomes sensitive. Other signs are acne-like bumps, flaky skin, and visible tiny blood vessels. If left untreated, this skin condition worsens where the skin becomes constantly inflamed. Treating rosacea is not easy, and there is no known cure.
Are you struggling to find solutions? Rosacea can be managed with a number of lifestyle and skin care remedies that can help reduce symptoms. Read below our following steps that you can take to get it under control, to reduce flare-ups and encourage a more healthy calm skin.
1. Finding Your Triggers
Rosacea is typically associated with certain “triggers” that can vary from person to person. Coming in contact with these triggers can encourage a flare-up. Figuring out which triggers apply to you can help you adjust your lifestyle to avoid situations that cause your skin to react. A good way to work out which factors trigger a skin reaction is to keep a diary and note down the situations and lifestyle events where these triggers occur. Also avoid precipitating factors such as sun exposure, stress, extreme weather conditions, hot drinks, cigarette smoke, alcohol consumption and any foods that may exacerbate your rosacea. Some other triggers are anxiety, coffee and tea, hot showers, heating, air-conditioning, heavy exercise, chemical sunscreens, soaps, harsh skin care, makeup, medications, certain foods, and dairy products.
2. Daily habits and solutions that will reduce your risk of a flare-up
Sun protection – This is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Protect it from the sun and other weather elements with hats, scarves, and safe sunscreen. Get used to taking an umbrella out with you wherever you go outdoors.
Remain calm – Work a daily meditation into your routine, or try yoga, tai chi long walks, or listening to calming music. When you feel stressed, try deep breathing techniques to calm down.
The heat can get you flushing in a hurry – The best solution, drink iced water to cool you down before your cheeks go a bright red.
Exercise in short bursts – A great workout is good for your body, but not so good for your skin. Break up your workout routine, check your skin and adjust accordingly.
Eat healthily – Avoid those foods that trigger flare-ups (like spicy and hot foods), and choose items that will help tame inflammation, like whole grains, almonds, and dark, leafy greens. Adopt a healthy diet by eating more fruit and vegetables, especially those high in bioflavonoids. Essential fatty acids are important in the treatment and management of rosacea. They work to reduce skin inflammation as well as improving skin moisture and appearance. Good sources of essential fatty acids include deep sea fish as well as nuts and seeds. For skin repair and to control inflammation; include good dietary sources of zinc, such as lean beef, whole grains, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
3. Develop a gentle and simple skincare regime.
Rosacea benefits from a consistent skincare routine that uses gentle, natural and certified organic ingredients. Using the right products can help strengthen capillary walls, soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of redness. Your skin care products can cause flare-ups if they contain harsh chemicals, sulphates, preservatives, and other similar ingredients.
Your skin care regime to manage Rosacea.
Clear out your bathroom cabinet so you are not tempted to use up products that are no longer suitable.
Do not overburden your skin with heavy and occlusive creams.
As sun damage is one of the factors that precipitate rosacea, swap your chemical (UV absorbing) sunscreen for a natural light reflecting sunscreen that contains zinc.
Do not over stimulate your skin with fruit acid based products, strong enzyme or chemical peels.
Maintain a simple and gentle routine; to avoid over-heating the skin use a warm (not hot) compress when cleansing and gently smooth moisturiser over the skin rather than using a rubbing action.
If at any time you feel the skin begins to overheat, place a cool compress on the skin. Make some green tea and let it cool. Dip a cloth into the fluid and apply to the affected area for relief of redness and burning. Chamomile tea also works!
Always wash your face with lukewarm water, as very hot or cold water can cause blood to rush to the face and cause more redness.
Change your pillowcase: It can trap dirt and oils, encouraging your skin to react. Change your pillowcase every other night, and choose organic cotton or bamboo material rather than synthetic fibres, which can aggravate the condition.
Mineral based makeup such as those containing zinc or titanium dioxide is ideal as they cover redness without congesting pores. They also use anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help to calm and soothe the skin. Natural mineral makeup also leaves out all the synthetics and fillers such as bismuth oxychloride and talc, petrochemicals, genetically modified ingredients, and carmine, making it perfect for sensitive skin.
Your skin care regime should include cleansers that contain aloe vera or glucosides, these are gentler. Do not irritate your skin with harsh foaming cleansers or exfoliating scrubs. Also, choose toners without alcohol. It’s important to read the ingredients, and maybe change to products designed for sensitive skins. Look for known anti-inflammatory ingredients such as aloe vera, arnica, calendula, chamomile, cucumber, helichrysum, green tea, red algae, red clover, thyme, willow herb, and zinc.
Rosacea is a condition that can be managed with time and care. While there are no miracle cures with this condition, avoidance of triggers, gentle skin care and a whole food diet will help reduce acute attacks as well as the progression of rosacea. If the symptoms do worsen and become unmanageable – talk to your GP.
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