We all know someone who deals with Rosacea on a daily basis and maybe some of us don’t understand how difficult it can be but I would like to put some insight into this condition and help you with a few solutions on how to prevent severe flare ups and what ingredients to avoid and which to incorporate for a healthier complexion.
There are 4 types of Rosacea;
Type 1: ETR (erythematotelangiectatic): dry rosacea which is the mildest type of rosacea but involves a lot of redness and persistent flushing of the complexion. You may also have some spider veins or broken capilliaries that develop. With ETR you may experience a dry or rough texture to your skin and some stinging due to the effects of dryness.
Type 2: PPR (papulopustular): most commonly called acne rosacea. Often times you notice large papules or pustules in the centre of the face. If it is a severe condition you may develop nodules. With this condition you may have swelling around the orbital area also. This condition is commonly mistaken for acne. But a rule of thumb to follow is with acne you develop whiteheads and blackheads where with rosacea they don’t usually occur. With PPR you may have raised patches of dry skin, high sensitivity and oily skin.
Type 3: Phymatous or Thickening Skin: rare type of rosacea that develops slowly. You develop irregular bumps and skin thickening around the nose, chin, forehead, cheeks or even ears. Thongs to look for when diagnosing this condition are bumps, large pores, oily skin and skin thickening.
Type 4: Ocular: this effects the eyelids. If you have had any of the other three types of rosacea you may have developed this type. You’ll experience watery or bloodshot eyes, dryness of eyelids, itchiness, burning, cysts or sties on the eyelids.
Ingredients That Can Irritate Your Skin
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Natural Ingredients To Help Rosacea
Vitamin C: Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory
Colloidal Oatmeal: a skin protectant that helps with soothing and also helps reduces water loss in the epidermis
Aloe Vera: Anti-inflammatory
Grape Seed Extract: Anti-inflammatory
Niacinamide: Vitamin B3 and improves barrier function
If you would like to take control of your flare ups then the best thing to do is focus on cutting high carbohydrates and acid producing foods from your diet. Acidic foods cause vascular dilation and flushing which leads to the redness of your skin.
Cutting sugar, coffee, tea, alcohol and foods with trans fats make your body more acidic, which then, if you have too much intake on a daily basis you will throw off your own body’s natural pH levels. So overall drink more water and eat plenty of vegetables.
A good trick to try to incorporate into your daily lifestyle is have a journal and keep track of foods that tend to trigger your rosacea and that way you can control your rosacea on your own. Just manage your stress levels, eat well and pay attention to nutrition and health. You will be feeling better in no time it just may take a little bit of time.