How To Tame Rosacea

January 16, 2015

While rosacea is commonly accepted as a chronic, non-contagious skin condition prominent on both the face and body, men and women still find it difficult to live with.

Despite being so widespread, there is no miracle cure for this misunderstood condition which can turn skin red, flaky, and irritable in a matter of minutes.

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What are the common side effects?

Even though side effects can vary from men to women, they both experience a sensation which feels like burning or tingling around the affected area. This may escalate and turn into small spots called papules which can become red and inflamed at any given time.

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What causes Rosacea?

Little is known about the deep-rooted causes of Rosacea, and this can often feel like there is no way to avoid it in the first place. Many dermatologists blame genetics, a poor diet, and even high stress levels as a way of developing Rosacea, but there is no main cause at this point in time. Try and keep track of any changes surrounding your diagnosis with Rosacea, and this should make it easier to control it for the long-term.

Dermatologists have looked towards a few main issues which could have the capacity to cause Rosacea, or possibility aggravate it:

  • Leaky Gut Syndrome: A condition where the digestive track develops small holes that can potentially damage your entire system, and create painful inflammation.
  • Blood vessel abnormalities: The inflammation of blood vessels in the face and body can contribute to Rosacea which is prominent around the cheeks and nose.
  • Mite Demodex: Small bugs which crawl over the skin, and have the capacity to seep into the bloodstream. Once they die, the bacteria released can trigger Rosacea.
  • Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth: A condition which results in gastrointestinal abnormalities, quite similar to the previously mentioned Leaky Gut Syndrome.

What are the treatment options?

While there is no known cure for Rosacea, many trial treatments can vary in effectiveness for each patient. Anything from topical creams, oral medications, home remedies, and even laser treatments are known to ease the pain and symptoms for chronic sufferers.

Can Rosacea be controlled?

There are a few ways to change your diet and lifestyle which could potentially have an effect on the state of Rosacea. A few examples include:

  • Diet: Stick to a diet which mainly consists of green vegetables and protein. Stay away from too much acidic fruit which could only be aggravating the Rosacea on your face and body. The Alkaline Diet is specially formulated for people who need to substitute over-acidic foods which something that is more balanced.
  • Home remedies: Aloe vera, banana, avocado, and olive oil are great to use on skin which is sensitive and prone to Rosacea. Use a tonic of each every few days and apply over the inflamed area. Remove with lukewarm water, and pat dry with a cotton pad.
  • Exfoliating: Use a gentle exfoliating formula on your skin at least once a week to remove dead skin cells, and keep the area clean. Use products which are sulphate and fragrance-free since they can  only make your condition worse.
  • Face mapping: Skin conditions on your face are almost always associated with what’s happening on the inside. Face mapping easily determines why skin is acting out due to poor diet and lifestyle choices which could be aggravating your Rosacea.

Images via Pyratine, Rosacea Diets 

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