Did you know it's Rosacea Awareness Month?
When Rosacea Awareness Month is in full swing, we believe you may like information about this very common, but often very troublesome, skin condition. Think of this as your fact sheet: we explain what rosacea is, typical triggers, and the best products to treat.
Sensitive skin can be particularly prone to temperature fluctuations, with Rosacea being the most common skin condition that develops as a result.
Very cold weather, interspersed with hot, dry central heating, can destroy rosacea-prone skin and cause flare-ups.
Likewise, damp and sunny weather can be a trigger – understanding how your skin reacts is key to controlling your rosacea.
WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a disease in which the blood vessels enlarge and the upper cheeks and nose appear red.
Symptoms include redness, enlarged capillaries and in some cases small hard spots. Unlike acne, the skin does not appear greasy or greasy, and blackheads or scars do not appear.
Rosacea is most common in women over 30 years of age, and – as if you haven't had enough on your plate yet – the disease can develop during pregnancy. There is also evidence that it could be hereditary, but it is not contagious.
ROSACEA TRIGGERS – WHAT TO AVOID
Skin prone to rosacea is particularly susceptible to changes in temperature. So if it's very cold, try protecting your face with a big scarf. When it's hot and sunny, stay in the shade.
These are the most common (and annoyingly some of the most pleasant) lifestyle triggers for rosacea:
- Spicy food
According to the National Rosacea Society, certain skin care products can make the condition worse. You may find our list of key ingredients to avoid if you have rosacea, which is also helpful.
Like many other diseases, rosacea is also triggered by stress. Although it is easier said than done, try to lower your stress level through daily meditation or relaxation. It is also a good idea to keep a diary of why your rosacea flares up every day or week to identify specific patterns and triggers for you.
BEST PRODUCTS FOR ROSACEA
Many over-the-counter and prescription rosacea treatments and creams contain the irritating benzoyl peroxide, which is definitely worth avoiding as it can worsen symptoms.
Instead, stick to calming and strengthening ingredients like chamomile and rose hip . Rosehip is a fantastic skin healer and stronger. While chamomile contains azulene, a natural anti-inflammatory agent that cools and soothes every condition during a flare.
Diet is also important when it comes to all skin allergies, and rosacea is no exception.
Try increasing the intake of essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9), as these help to soothe and nourish the skin from the inside. Oily fish, seeds and nuts are good sources, as are dietary supplements such as high-quality flaxseed, hemp or fish oil.
Pycnogenol or pine bark extract is also considered a good natural remedy for rosacea, as it has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
Remember, if you have questions about your own skin or are not sure which products or routines are suitable for you, we offer a free 30-minute skin advice service. Book yours now on paiskincare.com.