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Your Guide to Rosacea

Posted on April 26 2017

Rosacea (rose-AH-sha) is a chronic skin condition whereby the affected person suffers from redness and flushing of the skin. The redness can go beyond the surface of the face and affect the chest, back or ears. Rosacea is incurable but manageable and controllable with proper treatment that will help alleviate symptoms. It is important to distinguish between rosacea and other skin-affected allergies or other skin problems and a dermatologist will be able to easily diagnose rosacea from other ailments.

A prevalent symptom of Rosacea is the existence of small and red pus-filled bumps on the skin that are usually present on the nose, cheeks and forehead. The flare-up of these bumps occur in cycles and are present for weeks or months at a time before disappearing completely and then reappearing.  Other symptoms of Rosacea include rough and textured patches of skin on the face, overly oily skin, frequent breakouts, a painful and stinging sensation on the skin and visible broken blood vessels

Types of Rosacea

While Rosacea affects the skin on the face, over half of Rosacea sufferers have reported experiencing eye symptoms whereby the eyes become blood-shot, painful, easily irritable, watery and sensitive to light. This is known as Ocular Rosacea.

There are various forms of Rosacea and they are distinguished by its severity ranging from mild to severe. In mild Rosacea, the skin appears flushed with the blood vessels clearly visible through the epidermis. This occurs only occasionally and this mild form of Rosacea is known as Erthematotelangiectatic.

In the moderate form of Rosacea, known as Papulopustular, skin redness is more persistent and small, acne-like bumps may present on the surface of the skin. The patient may feel a burning sensation on the skin as well.

Severe Rosacea, or Rhinophyma, causes the tissues of the skin to thicken, making the affected part of the skin look like it is swollen and bumpy.

Natural Remedy Treatment

Non-invasive and non-medicinal remedies may help alleviate symptoms of Rosacea. As Rosacea is a condition that is triggered by certain foods or lifestyle choices, it would be beneficial to identify the trigger factors that cause Rosacea symptoms to worsen and then take steps towards prevention.

  • Dietary factors

Studies have shown that Rosacea has been linked to gastrointestinal problems which cause inflammation in the gut. This inflammation in turn changes the molecular structure of microbial populations, making them no longer able to protect the skin from external damage, reactions and redness. As such, it is important to eat the right types of food in order to treat Rosacea. Some of the more favourable foods to incorporate into the diet include:

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, fishes rich in Omega-3)
  • Foods with anti-inflammatory properties (turmeric, ginger, garlic, onion, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, green tea)
  • The use of essential oils

Essential oils made from natural plant extracts and herbs are not only safe for use for sufferers of Rosacea but also contain anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate the symptoms of this condition. Some essential oils that Rosacea patients can choose to apply onto their skin include tea tree, lavender, rosemary, rose, geranium, camomile and thyme.

  • Stay stress-free

It is critical that Rosacea sufferers stay stress-free as stress is one of the deciding factors in causing inflammation which worsens symptoms of Rosacea. There are many ways to de-stress and patients need only to find the methods that prove useful to them. From exercise to prayers to simply being able to talk things out either to a loved one or counsellor, keeping stress at bay is not only beneficial to the patient physically, but mentally as well.

 Caring for the skin when you have Rosacea

It is important to take proper care of the skin when you suffer from Rosacea because even the slightest irritation can cause a severe flare-up.

According to a survey taken by the National Rosacea Society, sufferers of Rosacea have observed that the following ingredients are triggers for skin irritation: alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil and fragrances; it will be best to stay clear of products that contain these ingredients.

Rosacea patients can also choose products that serve multiple purposes so that they can simplify their skincare routine. Aloe vera gel and raw honey, when applied directly to affected areas of the skin, have shown to be effective in soothing the skin and alleviating Rosacea symptoms.

In addition to choosing the right products for their skin, sufferers of Rosacea must also take extra care to apply sunscreen in order to protect the skin from overexposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun and moisturizer to prevent the skin from drying out. Choose products that are fragrance-free and mild to avoid irritating the skin.

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