Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition which affects many people. It commonly develops during the 20s and seems to get worse as each year goes by. The cause of rosacea is not fully understood although there are many factors and triggers which many cause rosacea symptoms. Often, dietary and lifestyle changes may be of benefit in prevent rosacea breakouts and flare-ups.

Symptoms of rosacea

Many people are not even aware that they have rosacea. The most common rosacea symptom is having a red flushed face but depending upon the type of rosacea, there are many other symptoms which include redness around the nose, broken capillaries like spider veins, swelling and painful sensitive skin, burning sensations in skin, acne-like breakouts and very oily skin with enlarged pores, bumps on skin and thickening of skin especially around the nose, sensitivity around the eyes which may be bloodshot, watery, dry and sometimes blurred vision.

Types of rosacea

Similar to other inflammatory skin concerns, such as eczema, acne and dermatitis, rosacea is a type of inflammation that shows up as a rash on the face. There are four types of rosacea which are:

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea which is the most common type with flushing, visible blood vessels

Papulopustular rosacea which is often mistaken for acne with persistent bumps and pimples

Phymatous rosacea which is most common in men and characterised by swelling, fluid retention, thickening skin around the nose and redness

Ocular rosacea which is rosacea around the eyes

Causes of rosacea

There may be a number of factors responsible for rosacea which include:
sun damage or UV radiation that triggers the development of visible blood vessels
heightened inflammation possibly due to an overactive immune system
microscopic mites called Demodex that live on skin’s surface may trigger an immune response
genetics since rosacea does tend to run in families

Natural treatments for rosacea

Since rosacea is an inflammatory condition, natural remedies in the treatment of rosacea involves the use of anti-inflammatory herbs such as burdock and turmeric in supplements. These supplements can offer a safe and effective way to calm down inflammation and avoid the use of antibiotics for internal use which can disrupt the digestive system. Many of these herbs also display antimicrobial properties helping to fight bacteria, mites and fungi.

Conventional topical treatments include the use of prescription strength azelaic acid and antibiotic creams. There are many creams for rosacea which work to calm down the inflammation and may also reduce the numbers of inflammation causing organisms that live on skin’s surface. Choose rosacea creams that are light and moisturise the skin since hydrating skin has been found to be beneficial.

Sunscreens for rosacea are absolutely essential to wear daily on the face in order to prevent irritation from UV light which would cause redness and flare-ups. Rosalique’s 3 in 1 Anti Redness Miracle Formula soothes, hydrates, conceals redness and provides high levels of sun protection in a formula ideal for use for those with rosacea-prone skin.

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