Rosacea is a common skin disease that usually affects both men and women over the age of 30. It’s characterized by redness that appears on your chin, forehead, cheeks, and nose. There are times when Rosacea can also lead to some complications such as telangiectasia and others. Another thing to note about Rosacea is that it can cause soreness and a burning sensation in the eyes area.
What causes Rosacea?
Pinpointing the leading causes of Rosacea is hard. Drinking alcohol doesn’t cause this skin condition, but it can make things worse. Aside from that, there are other triggers like hot weather, wind and sun exposure, exercise, hot baths, alcohol, spicy foods, stress, and others. A quick shift between different temperatures can also lead to this skin issue as well. Problems with blood vessels in the skin, inflammation/abnormal inflammatory reactions within the skin’s connective tissue reactions and side effects to certain medications all are contributing factors. Sub-types of rosacea seem to have a genetic factor and might run in families. People who have light, sensitive skin and light eyes are more likely to have rosacea
Symptoms of Rosacea
An important thing to note is that people with Rosacea will have red and irritated eyes, small pimples and bumps or even acne breakouts. They might also have a skin that gets thicker and coarser and which has a bumpy texture. Dry skin that stings or which burns can also be a cause here. The thing to note here is if you don’t treat it properly, rosacea might cause some permanent damage. This is why you have to address it as fast as possible if you want to avoid any issues.
The four types of Rosacea are:
- Sub-type 1: characterized by facial redness, flushing, visible blood vessels (the most common sub-type).
- Sub-type 2: characterized by acne-like breakouts and sensitivity (most common among middle-aged women).
- Sub-type 3: characterized by swelling, fluid retention (edema), thickening skin (especially around the nose), redness and various symptoms from other sub-types.
- Sub-type 4: characterized by Rosacea around the eyes (called ocular rosacea).
Treatments of Rosacea
If you experience breakouts and redness, Rosacea can be treated with pills or skin creams. If you have redness caused by tiny blood vessels, light treatments such as lasers can bring you some great results. Sensitive skin can be protected from Rosacea-related problems if you have sunscreen and moisturizers. If you end up with bumpy skin on your face, you will need cosmetic surgery.
If you want to focus on using pills as a treatment, there are many common medications that can reduce the symptoms of this condition. Some can help treat Rosacea in the longer term. A good example here would be Doxycycline, Mirvaso, Doryx, Metrogel, Finacea, Soolantra and many others.
Most of the time, natural treatments can come in handy. While there are many natural treatments to note here, you will see that organic vegetables and fruits can help quite a lot. These have anti-inflammatory compounds as well as antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that will help with skin cell regeneration.
- Watch your diet.Clean proteins from foods full of omega 3 fatty acids can help you as well. Then, you can also focus on adding turmeric, veggies and green tea to your diet.
- Wear Sunscreen Every Day.
The sun is one of the most strongly aggravating factors of rosacea, according to some studies.
- Use Natural Moisturizers and Cosmetic Products.
Non-chemical and naturally antibacterial skin moisturizer like coconut oil can provide essential acids to the skin without causing breakouts or further irritations.
- Manage Stress Levels.
A high percentage of rosacea sufferers report feeling less confident due to their appearance. but unfortunately stressing over the condition is only likely to make it worse.
- Try Supplements and Essential Oils that Can Help Rosacea.
- Some of the best essential oils and supplement rosacea treatments for reducing skin inflammation include:
Turmeric, Ginger, Aloe Vera gel (used topically on the skin), Raw honey (used topically on the skin)
Essential oils: Tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, chamomile, rose, rosemary, and thyme essential oils have all been found to fight skin inflammation and help treat sensitive skin. To treat the area, simply rub three drops of oil on three times daily mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil. Always combine these with a carrier oil (including coconut or jojoba oil) and apply to the affected area no more than twice daily. Perform a skin patch test first and then start gradually to test results, making sure you don’t experience an allergic reaction.
Other Oils for skin:
Borage Essential Oil: The anti-inflammatory effects of Borage are helpful in the treatment of Rosacea. Use of this Oil can also reduce the reddening of the skin. Furthermore, it’s an effective emollient and promotes healthy skin.
German Chamomile Essential Oil: This Oil is beneficial for the treatment of Rosacea because it soothes and calms the skin, helps cells regrowth and heals the damaged parts of the skin.
Jojoba Essential Oil: Jojoba Oil is a wax ester derived from the seeds of the jojoba plant. This Oil is similar in structure to the skin’s natural Oil, sebum. This Oil is useful for Rosacea because of its emollient qualities and its non-irritating effects. In addition to that, Jojoba reduces trans-epidermal water loss, therefore keeping the skin moist.
Lavender Essential Oil: It has calming and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.
Rosehip Essential Oil: an antiseptic as well as an agent to regulate the sebum production.
Primrose Essential Oil: Evening primrose allows the body to normalize the barrier functions of the skin and keep its cells properly hydrated while offering both astringent and soothing effects.
Sea Buckthorn Essential Oil: Sea Buckthorn Essential Oil is beneficial for many different skin related issues including Rosacea because of its anti-inflammatory qualities and the support it offers to cellular re-growth.
Tamanu Essential Oil: Tamanu reduces inflammation, fights infection, heal wounds and promote the formation of healthy tissue.
Effective ways to use essential oils:
- Body Product
- Room Spritzer
In conclusion, treating Rosacea can be quite challenging, but with the right approach, you can start treating it. Plus, you can also alleviate the symptoms with help from either natural or conventional treatment. You should visit the dermatologist to see what type of treatment works best for you, as he can quickly figure out what type of Rosacea you have and how it can be dealt with in a proper manner!
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About Safaa Elbanna
Safaa Elbanna is a certified Homeopath and Holistic Skin Care Practitioner. She is retired Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon in Toronto, Canada. Safaa helps busy working ladies avoid the aging effect of physical and mental stress, especially on the skin through natural, homeopathy medicines and techniques.