Acne Rosacea is a skin disorder that causes flushing or redness and sensitivity mostly on the cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. It can also affect eyes, ears, back, neck, and scalp. The sensitivity can cause a burning and stinging sensation on the affected areas. The face may swell, especially around the eyes and the nose can become bigger, bulbous and red (more common in men). In some, the eyes are affected becoming red, itchy, gritty and sensitive to light.
Rosacea cannot be cured but you can stop the disease from progressing and make the symptoms better. The earliest you start to look after your skin the better outcome as it is hard to reverse the flushing and the issues with your nose and eyes.
Rosacea is thought to be linked to our vascular supply and inflammation of the oil glands, it causes spots, red bumps and uneven skin texture along with the redness. More common in woman than men and in the age between 30-50. The cause is not understood fully and is thought by dermatologists to be an abnormality in the blood vessels, though recent research has suggested that a microscopic mite called Demodex (that exists on all of us), may also be a contributing factor. Rosacea may be hereditary as it does seem to run in some families.
While discussing Rosacea you will hear references to "Triggers". Triggers are anything that makes your face flush or makes your body have a histamine response which may cause the redness and the itchiness to flare up. To control you Rosacea you need to limit anything that may trigger your skin to flush.
Food triggers can be different for everyone, you may find some of the foods listed below a trigger for you but not for someone else, some of this is a bit of trial and error. In the beginning, it will be helpful to keep a food diary so you can narrow down the foods that affect you personally.
Foods such as Bananas, cheese, tomatoes, chocolate, canned tuna, avocado, jam, yogurt, strawberries, and pineapple can bring on flushing. Alcohol (particularly red wine, Champagne, beer, bourbon, gin, and vodka), hot drinks, caffeine, Liver, Sour Cream, Cheese, vanilla, Yeast Extract (Marmite!) spicy foods, smoked foods, vinegar, citrus foods and soy sauce can be a trigger for many.
As well as thinking about your triggers, you need to be thinking about how to keep your gut as healthy as it can be and reduce any inflammation in the gut. A low inflammation diet is a whole other blog (next one!) as it is too large a subject to talk briefly about here. If you would like to know more Abigail James has a really good chapter on reducing gut inflammation in her book "Love Your Skin" (2017) as well as a good section on Rosacea.
To keep your skin in tip-top condition, you need to eat a good varied balanced diet to ensure that your skin gets all the nutrients it needs to maintain and repair itself as needed. If you concerned your diet is not good enough, the following supplements may be helpful in Rosacea, vitamin B3 ( anti-inflammatory), Vitamin C (anti-inflammatory, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12 (reduce flushing), Vitamin K (helps with blood clotting), Vitamin E (Healing the skin), Selenium (skin calming) and Magnesium ( anti-inflammatory).
Gut Health: The health of your gut tends to show on your skin, hence the saying you are what you eat. To help keep your gut healthy, try adding some Probiotics to your diet such as KIKI Health Body Biotics
Stress: Stress can be a huge contributing factor to the flare-up of your Rosacea, in turn, your skin flares up, therefore, you get even more stressed. Be mindful of your stress level and change your lifestyle so you can manage stress better. Reduce your sugar and your alcohol intake. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise a day and put some restorative Yoga and meditation into your week. Avoid chlorinated swimming pools if you can as that will only irritate your skin.
Weather: Extremes of hot and cold can bring on skin flushing. Sunscreen can also be an irritant to the sensitive skin, so try and use an SPF cream with a natural physical sunscreen like Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide. Such as Odylique 30SPF Sunscreen.
Medication: Long-term antibiotic use and some medications may cause flare-ups. Even some medications prescribed by your Dr to help Rosacea may not be suitable for you. Keep in mind medicine is a science not a definite. If something is not working seek help.
Skincare: Some skincare products with perfumes, colours, and complicated chemical ingredients may cause flare-ups. If you can limit your skin care to products that are less likely to irritate your sensitive skin it will help. Keep your skin care ingredients to the minimum, heavy skincare can slow down skin renewal. Choose products with organic ingredients that contain no synthetic ingredients.
Abigail James, Facialist (2017) recommends that you look for calming ingredients, such as Chamomile, Calendula, Aloe Vera, and chickweed. Oils which she suggests are good for redness is Blackcurrant seed oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Rosehip Oil, Sea Buckthorn and Hemp Seed.
Well known Facial Oil brand Fushi Wellbeing (2018) recommends Moringa, Borage/ Starflower, Tamanu and Avocado, with essential oils such as Tea Tree, Lavender, Geranium, Chamomile, Sandalwood and Neroli, though I would stay away from the essential oils until you have tested them on your skin.
Gareth an aromatherapist who founded "Old Faithful" recommends Hydrosols (Flower waters) such as Chamomile, Geranium, Orange Blossom & Helichrysum. Essential oils - German & Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Geranium, Sandalwood & Rosewood. Gareth also recommends you stay away from exfoliating as much as possible and synthetic skincare. Gareth does a Bespoke Skincare Service where he can make up skincare just for you and your skincare issues.
You may be tempted to cover your skin all the time with makeup, unfortunately, this can exacerbate the problem as the makeup can irritate your skin. Limit the amount of time the makeup is on your skin and use mineral makeup or products designed for sensitive skin such as CoverFX.
What should you do?
The aim is to keep your Rosacea under control, treat flare-ups and prevent It from getting worse.
Look at what skincare you are using now, look at how many ingredients you are using in total on your face The ideal to get down to as few ingredients as possible in your skincare. The fewer ingredients, the less chance that your skin is going to get a flare-up that's caused by your skincare and if you choose your skincare wisely it can help treat any inflammation caused by other triggers.
Start with a basic skin care routine such as using Jojoba or Moringa as a cleanser and a serum, that's just one ingredient to do both jobs or try Sweet Almond Oil as a cleanser and Rosehip or Borage oil as a serum. Look at the Rosacea Collection on Wild Earth Beauty for the different oils you can mix and match.
If you prefer a readily made skin care blend, use one of the skincare blends below. Both have below 6 ingredients per product and are well reviewed by customers suffering from Rosacea.
Recommended skincare Blends.
Designed for sensitive skin types, including Rosacea, this blend has the least number of ingredients in.
Myroo Gentle Cleanser & Skin Boost Serum Fragrance-Free. The Myroo Cleanser includes Borage Oils and the Myroo Serum includes Rosehip, Borage, and Calendula all ingredients noted to be good with Rosacea.
With less than 5 ingredients Mallow + White Soothe range has won lots of awards and accolades for its use on sensitive skins.
Try mixing the face mask powder with one of the anti-inflammatory oils above and a little water to help soothe irritated skin.
Recommended help for flare-ups
Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream - you only have to look at the Calendula Creams 80 5 star reviews on their website to know this is a winner for sensitive skin. Claimed by some as a total gamechanger. For any sensitive skin conditions. Samples available with any order, just email Louise
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