Treating Rosacea Naturally
By Ariana Watson
What is rosacea?
Similar to other skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects roughly over 16 million people in the United States. Identifiable by its signature redness of the face, rosacea thickens the affected skin and can enlarge the nose and appear as red, blotchy acne-like bumps on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Although rosacea typically affects just the face, in rare cases it can spread to the neck, ears and chest.
The physical effects of this condition can include a burning sensation of the rash, with some having even reported a burning feeling in their eyes. However, the latter is less common.
Rosacea ranges in severity, and can cause extreme physical and emotional discomfort to those affected by the condition. Though the rash can affect anyone, those who are middle-aged with fair skin tend to run the highest risk. There is currently no known cure, however, there are preventative measures those with this condition can take to ease the severity of the rash.
What causes it?
Rosacea is caused by inflamed blood vessels under the skin that swell and leave those with the condition to look permanently flushed. What creates this reaction though, scientists are still working to figure out. Some believe that it’s a genetic condition, with others citing a connection to the immune system. Studies are still underway to discover the direct cause of this condition.
What triggers it?
Similar to other skin conditions considered to be incurable, rosacea may not be able to be fully cured, but its triggers can be reduced through a number of actions.
Rosacea triggers include:
- Hot weather
- Exposure to direct sunlight
- Spicy foods
- Stress and/or anxiety
- Activities that induce increased blood flow, such as working out
- Very hot showers or baths
- Some skincare products
What can I do to cure it?
Similar to other chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, there is no known cure for rosacea. However, there are preventative measures one can take to reduce irritation. Lifestyle and exposure to the elements, especially the sun can impact the severity of the rash.
Like other skin conditions, there are topical and oral medications that you can take to aid in treatment. You can also use laser treatments and even use plastic surgery if your condition is more extreme. For a gentle, topical solution, we recommend our Unscented Glycerine Cream.
For a comprehensive list of all medications and treatment options, click here.
Although rosacea may not be technically curable, there are steps you can take to reduce inflammation. Diet, lifestyle, and proper skin care measures all play a huge role in the severity of the condition.
Look for foods with anti-inflammatory properties. This includes:
- Green tea
- Greens (especially more bland vegetables)
- Goat cheese
- Sweet potatoes
- Non-dairy milks
Skincare for Rosacea
We encourage everyone to practice daily skincare, especially those with rosacea. Increased sensitivity to the elements means that those with rosacea must take more caution than most with their skin.
Those with rosacea are much more sensitive to sunburn and dry weather. Look for an all natural sunscreen and avoid harsh chemicals.
You’re more likely to experience dryness, especially with increased thickness of the skin. A hydrated face is a healthier face. We love our Eucalyptus + Rose Night Cream for delivering rich hydration.
Using an oil as a cleanser is considered to be a safer alternative than other cleansers.
This is because oils are typically less abrasive, yet deliver rich vitamins and nutrients to
your skin. We love our Sweet Orange Jojoba Oil for oil cleansing and for moisturizing.
This oil is rich in Vitamin E and doesn’t leave a greasy residue that many other oils can.
Avoid unnecessary discomfort and test any makeup or skincare products on a small patch of the affected skin before going all in. If your skin reacts within 24 hours, that’s usually a sign of product irritation.