Do you tend to blush more often than others and has the redness often spread to your ears, chest, and back? These could be the symptoms of a condition called rosacea, a skin disease more commonly seen in women with fair skin. There is no cure for this condition, but proper treatment, having the right foods, and avoiding the wrong ones may help you deal with rosacea on a daily basis.
Pronounced rose-ay-sha, rosacea is a condition that starts out with simple redness on the cheeks that slowly spreads to the nose, ears, forehead, and eventually even to the chest and back.
Studies show that there are four types of rosacea, including erythematotelangiectatic, papulopustular, phymatous, and ocular rosacea. These are characterized by different symptoms like reddish skin, visible blood vessels, swelling, breakouts that mimic acne, thicker skin, and red and irritated eyes.
Complications are rare, but in some cases, rosacea could lead to a condition called rhinophyma, where the oil glands in the nose and cheeks become enlarged over a period of time.
We do not know what causes this condition but studies have narrowed down some possible triggers like alcohol, exposure to extreme temperatures, exercise, cosmetics, and spicy foods.
It has also been shown that people who fall under the following categories stand higher chances of contracting rosacea than others:
- Being a woman
- Smoking habit
- A family history of rosacea
- Fair skin with considerable sun damage
- Over the age of 30
Dealing with Rosacea
The symptoms associated with rosacea have the tendency to make the sufferer feel conscious about their looks, especially when it can attract unwanted attention and comments from others. Talking to a friend, a doctor, or a support group might help you feel a little better about living with rosacea.
While talk therapy can help your mind, there are some lifestyle changes that will support efficient symptom management.
- Study your triggers and try to avoid them
- Treat your skin well by avoiding harsh soaps and products with irritants
- Find the right cosmetics to help cover up the redness on your face
- Use a good sunscreen lotion, wear a hat, and protect your skin during every season
Best Foods for Dealing with Rosacea
- Healthy fats like coconut oil, avocados, flax seeds, chia seeds
- Protein-rich foods like wild-caught salmon, cage-free eggs, and products from grass-fed animals
- Anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric, broccoli, collard greens, and green tea
Foods to Avoid When Dealing with Rosacea
- Foods or components of foods that you may be allergic to, like gluten, dairy, and shellfish
- Sugar and processed foods
- Dairy products, especially cow’s milk
- Foods high in trans fat
Home Remedies for Rosacea
Drink aloe vera water:
The antioxidants in aloe vera help the body flush out toxins and reduce inflammation.
Use oil-based cleansers:
Mild cleansers like oil-based ones made with rose-hip seed oil and evening primrose oil are anti-inflammatory and could help reduce symptoms.
Stress can cause inflammation; try to reduce stress by meditating or practicing yoga.
Use DIY facials:
Choose facial masks made with natural ingredients like aloe vera and oatmeal, which you can make at home.
Essential Oils and Rose Water:
Make a serum with 2 drops of either German or Roman chamomile, lavender, manuka, and 1 oz of jojoba oil. Spritz rose water on your face and apply 1 drop of the serum on the impacted areas to reduce inflammation.
People suffering from rosacea have their good days and bad and the best ways to deal with these are by avoiding your triggers, skipping the foods that may cause a flare up, watching what you eat, and keeping yourself surrounded by friends and family who can support you through bad episodes.
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