Rosacea Skin Care – Treating the Whole Problem
Skin affected by rosacea should be treated gently at all times. Don’t make the mistake of treating rosacea pimples with acne medication as this could inflame the skin and make the condition worse. These two conditions are frequently confused so make sure you receive an accurate diagnosis from a dermatologist. It’s also possible for some unlucky individuals to have both acne and rosacea at the same time. This makes both conditions hard to treat!
Unfortunately there is a lot of mis-information about rosacea skin care, not only on the internet but also from the medical profession. Rosacea is a hard condition to diagnose and because of this may unsuitable rosacea skin care preparations are prescribed. Some of these can make the condition worse.
These are the classic rosacea symptoms, understanding these may help you to know if you have rosacea, adult acne or maybe just sensitive skin:
Facial redness or flushing which comes and goes.
Small red pimples (papules).
Raised red patches or “plaques”.
Irritation of the facial skin.
Thickening of the skin – this usually occurs in later stages.
Irritation and reddening of the eyelids (ocular rosacea).
Thin red veins found mainly on the face and caused by enlarging of the blood vessels.
A reddening and swelling of the skin on the nose called “rhinophyma” although this occurs mainly in males.
What causes rosacea?
To practice effective rosacea skin care, you need to know what causes this skin disorder. Small blood vessels close to the surface of the skin dilate to cause the above symptoms. There is a belief that rosacea can be inherited, mainly because it seems to run in families. This however could be more an inherited skin type. People with fair skin seem prone to developing rosacea, more women than men develop it and it occurs mainly in people over 30.
There is also speculation rosacea may be caused by a skin mite called a demodex mite. This is a tiny mite that lives in the hair follicles and is more likely to increase the inflammation of rosacea than actually cause it.
In other words there is no exact cause, rosacea skin care should concentrate on prevention and avoiding the typical things that exacerbate it.
Rosacea skin care therefore should be focused not only on creams put directly on the skin, but also on reducing stress, avoiding spicy foods, avoiding steam and hot baths or showers, keeping out of the sun…. In fact anything that irritates the skin can worsen the condition.
Keep rosacea skin care natural
Why? Because natural remedies for rosacea are more gentle on the skin and will soothe rather than irritate. There are prescription creams available of course and if your dermatologist recommends them, use them by all means. But here we are concentrating on natural treatments for rosacea which will improve the condition to a level where it is no longer a severe problem.
Tea tree oil can be beneficial. All skin loves this natural oil and dabbing it on inflamed areas can soothe the irritation and redness. Try it on a small area first.
Broken Capillaries Treatment Serum is a natural therapeutic serum with essential oils which can be safely used for rosacea and to soothe sensitive skin with broken capillaries
I don’t recommend using any product containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) They could seriously worsen the inflammation.
Other Rosacea skin care treatments
Rosacea is a long term skin condition possibly lasting over ten years. Some people have just the occasional flare up, but in others the condition could worsen over time. A dermatologist may prescribe medication for the pimples if these are present and they can also treat the visible blood vessels by various means from cauterising with a low electric current to laser treatment.
Try to stay out of the sun as much as you can, otherwise wear a broad brimmed hat. A good pair of UV blocking sunglasses is also a good idea for those with ocular rosacea.
Exposure to heat causes flare-ups in a majority of people so if you live in a warm climate, try and keep as cool as possible and use air conditioning if you have it. Slaving away over a hot stove is probably not for you, try to have breaks if you are cooking something which takes a long time and keep your face out of the steam!
Hot baths are another no-no, have short warm showers instead. Getting into a hot car can trigger flare-ups, try to park in the shade if at all possible.
Some rosacea patients have been told that exercise should be avoided as it can generate heat in the body and trigger a flare-up. This is probably not a great idea because of the immense benefits to general health (and indeed skin health) that exercise brings. Using common sense means you can still keep fit! Don’t exercise in the heat of the day, wait until early evening before venturing out or get up earlier and exercise in the morning. If you feel your self getting too hot, slow down and have a drink of water.
If you normally go jogging, try brisk walking instead, the benefits are the same. Exercise can also be taken in short amounts instead of one long session per day, its the total time spent which counts. Swimming is great as the water keeps the body cool. Try exercising inside near the air conditioner!
There are some great aerobics videos out there for all ages and levels of fitness! Ever tried yoga? it’s a gentle stress calming exercise which also keeps you fit and supple.
Diet for Rosacea
Some folks find that certain foods can trigger flare-ups. Among these are curries, or any very spicy foods, hot drinks like coffee -( let them cool down a bit) – and alcohol. There are other foods which may trigger a flare up. Be aware of what you have eaten recently the next time you have a flare-up and make a note of it, you may see a pattern emerging.
Rosacea and laser treatments
Extreme care should be taken if you are considering laser treatment for rosacea as the condition is in itself inflammatory and the laser can worsen the inflammation. That said, there are many success stories of people who have been successfully treated with good results. The lasers most used are the Pulsed dye laser and IPL (intense pulsed light) which can treat the veins and redness associated with rosacea.
Make very sure you find a safe and licensed practitioner and ask as many questions you feel are necessary.
Hopefully some of this information will be helpful to you. If redness and visible blood vessels are still a problem after any treatment, your best bet is a green concealing cream under your make-up.
This will hide any redness on the face very effectively. There is also a healing moisturizing cream which is specially formulated for rosacea, it contains a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E and heather extract. This will cool and soothe the skin.
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