Let's start from the beginning, as it is essential to understand what Rosacea is, what causes it and how to treat it.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea, a skin condition with no known cure, often runs in the family, and it is commonly associated with redness, pimples, swelling, and small, superficial dilated blood vessels. It is more common among fair-skinned women between their 30s and 50s. However, anyone can suffer from it, and the treatment is not the same for everyone. Your doctor can suggest treatments to manage your symptoms, but there are plenty of steps you can take at home to make yourself look and feel better.
How does Rosacea look like
In most cases, people with Rosacea experience facial redness, flushing and inflammation accompanied by small red bumps acne-like that sting and burn. It also causes visible red vessels or spider veins, skin and eye dryness, itchiness, and very dry and flaky skin during flare-ups. It usually occurs in cycles, meaning that it comes and goes making it challenging to manage or control. Typically, Rosacea happens on your face, affecting your nose, eyes, cheeks, and forehead. There are four Rosacea sub-types known, and in some cases, you can experience more than one at a time.
What helped others might not work for you, so it is essential to get properly diagnosed by a professional to understand your condition and take the appropriate steps to reduce and manage your symptoms.
ETR (erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea): Facial redness, flushing, visible blood vessels, swollen skin, sensitive skin, prone to sting and burn as well as dry, rough and scaly skin.
Papulopustular Rosacea: Acne-like breakouts with a lot of redness around the area, Prone to sting and burn, with visibly broken blood vessels, raised patches of skin. Very common in middle-aged women with oily and/or sensitive skin.
Rhinophyma: Thickening of the skin on and around the nose, bumpy texture of the skin, visibly broken blood vessels, enlarged pores. More common in Men prone to oily skin.
Ocular Rosacea: Happens in and around the eyes. The eyes become very dry, itchy and might even feel gritty and watery or bloodshot in appearance, causing blurred vision and light sensitiveness. The skin around it can get very irritated, with a burning sensation.
What causes Rosacea?
Sadly when it comes to Rosacea, the underlying cause remains unknown. Most studies reflect that it is a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. There is evidence of some foods, products or elements that contribute to flare-ups and irritation; the good news is that you can control your Rosacea by avoiding the following:
Cinnamon, chocolate, tomatoes, and citrus
Coffee or tea
Alcohol & Cigarettes
Now that we have covered the Rosacea basics, we want to give you some practical steps you can take to reduce your Rosacea flare-ups and redness and keep your skin looking happy, radiant but most healthy.
Tips to minimise flare-ups and soothe your skin
First and foremost, keep your skincare routine as simple as possible:
Cleansers: avoid abrasive exfoliators and soaps that can severely weaken your skin barrier, triggering inflammation and redness. Instead, use gentle cleansers daily and opt for enzymatic exfoliators a couple of times a week.
Moisturiser: choose a moisturiser without any harsh chemicals, instead opt for natural and organic skincare products with calming, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, for instance: Calendula, Chamomile & Gotu Kola soothe and repair the skin, Jojoba and hemp seed oil are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Recommended moisturisers for Rosacea:
Vanessa Megan Rose & Calendula Moisture+ Face Cream: The perfect moisturiser for sensitive skin, formulated with a blend of calming ingredients, this moisturiser helps reduce redness and assists in calming the skin whilst providing deep moisture, soothing and protecting the skin.
Evohe Repair Intensive: contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial naturopathic grade herbal extracts to assist soothing, calming, replenishing, and hydrating the skin.
Toners: while they are not an essential part of the skincare routine, toners can also assist in soothing Rosacea, especially if the skin is exposed to heat or winds, as you can spritz it during the day.
Makeup: it's essential to choose the right makeup products for rosacea skin. The wrong ones can worsen the condition. Avoid cosmetics with fragrances, heavy foundations and mineral oils. A high-quality makeup can help you to improve your look and reduce redness.
We recommend Zuii organic cosmetics, made with a blend of flowers including calendula and roses that help reduce irritation and redness whiles providing hydration at the same time.
Keep a journal of the foods you eat, the products you use, the weather conditions; this will help you understand what makes your rosacea flare up. Last but not least, Exercise, keep stress levels low, remember that a healthy mind is a healthy body.
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