What Is Rosacea?
Acne rosacea or Rosacea is a chronic, rose-coloured eruption on the face. It is usually localized in the middle of the face, including the nose. In some people it can occur on the neck, chest, scalp, and ears. Many people experience flare-ups and remissions of their rosacea. Acne and bumps can also appear, as well as visible blood vessels. It typically begins anytime after age 30. Rosacea can affect anyone, but people with fair skin and those who are prone to blush easily are at a greater risk. If not treated, the condition can worsen and the tissue over the nose can thicken and can grow swollen and bumpy.
What Causes It?
The true “cause” of rosacea is unknown, however there are many factors that are associated with rosacea sufferers. Hypochlorhydria (a deficiency in stomach acid), B-complex vitamin deficiencies, and an imbalanced intestinal flora are all associated with those who experience rosacea. A lack of stomach acid means that food isn’t being digested properly, and therefore can contribute to skin issues. When the balance of bacteria in our gut is disrupted, inflammation is created in the body. The damage in the body can then present itself on the skin. A recent report indicated that small intestine bacterial overgrowth is 10 times more prevalent in people with acne rosacea.
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The condition can be worsened by certain triggers including:
- sun exposure
- strenuous exercise
- hot drinks
- strong winds
- medications like topical steroids or vasodilators
- cosmetics that contain alcohol or fragrances
Recommendations For Rosacea
There are many dietary, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations that can be used to help rosacea symptoms. A combination of the below suggestions is recommended for best results.
- avoid food sensitivities and allergies
- avoid dairy products as they are a common aggravator
- avoid caffeinated beverages
- avoid refined sugars, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners
- drink lots of pure water
- consume foods with healthy fats (such as nuts, seeds, coconut, avocado)
- increase fibre intake
- avoid trans and hydrogenated fats
- alkalinize the diet
- avoid pro-inflammatory foods
- consume more anti-inflammatory foods
- increase your consumption of whole fruits and vegetables
- eat a whole foods plant based diet, avoid processed foods
- get ample, regular, good quality sleep
- exercise regularly
- reduce stress and practice stress management techniques
- avoid exposure to cigarette smoke
- cleanse the body including the liver, intestinal system, lymphatic system, and skin
- probiotics to increase the good bacteria in the intestinal system
- digestive enzymes to improve digestion
- essential fatty acids such as Evening Primrose Oil and Borage Oil
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A and E
Addressing the root cause of your rosacea through diet, lifetsyle, etc… is the most effective way to deal with your symptoms, but a good all natural skin care routine is important for healthy skin as well. Some all natural skin oils that have been known to be helpful for improving redness and rosacea include Rosehip Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil. You can cleanse your skin and tone with all natural products, then follow with applying either organic Rosehip Oil or Sea Buckthorn oil to the skin. I personally love New Roots Skin Oils. They are all organic and pure oils that are super nourishing for the skin. If your skin is very dry you can also apply a moisturizer on top, but you shouldn’t need to.