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Rosacea

Many people mistake rosacea for acne. It is in reality, a chronic, inflammatory skin condition mainly affecting adults between the ages of 30 and 60 yrs old. People with light pigmented skin are more prone to Rosacea. Researchers believe it's likely due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
For most people, Rosacea is cyclic. People often note that it will go through a cycle of flaring up and then lessen in intensity, with a repeat of the flare up phase.

Though it doesn't have a cure, treatments can control and reduce the signs and symptoms. If you experience persistent redness of your face, see your doctor for a diagnosis and proper treatment. Rosacea is a progressive condition and if left untreated will slowly get worse.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Red areas on the face - capillaries become dilated under the skin.
  • Small red bumps or pustules on nose, cheeks, forehead and chin
  • Tendency to flush or blush easily

Causes
Unknown. Several theories exist,although are unproven at this time.

  • Blood vessel disorder causing vessels in the face to swell.
  • Chronic bacterial infection in the gastrointestinal system caused by Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Sun damage may play a contributing role
  • Stress leading to vitamin deficiencies

There is little evidence that alcohol causes Rosacea. Consumption of alcohol can cause flushing of the skin and therefore may worsen the redness associated with Rosacea.

Triggers
A number of factors can aggravate Rosacea by increasing blood flow to the area

  • Hot foods or beverages
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol and the use of skin products containing alcohol
  • Temperature extremes especially humidity
  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Stress, anger,embarrassment
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Hot baths and saunas
  • Corticosteroids
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels

Self Care

  • Minimise your exposure to anything that causes a flare up (stress, spicy foods, alcohol)
  • Keep a list of flare up triggers and try to identify what triggers the condition in you.
  • Avoid irritating your face by rubbing or touching it. Do not squeeze putsiles
  • Avoid facial products with high levels of alcohol, or other skin irritants in them
  • Use products labeled non-comedogenic. This means they won't clog your pores and sweat glands.
  • Try make-up products that are designed to counter any redness
  • Keep the skin clean using very mild cleanser and luke warm (not hot or cold).
  • Do not rub dry - pat gently.

Medical Treatment
Although it cannot be eliminated completely, treatment can relieve its signs and symptoms this may combine a combination of prescription treatments and self care measures.
Beware that in some instances topical steroid creams can make the condition worse.

Nutritional Help

  • Include as many organic raw vegetables and grains. These tend to provide higher levels of nutrients.
  • Avoid saturated fats as these promote inflammation. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, cheese, chocolate, dairy products, sugar, and spicy foods for the same reason
  • Investigate the possibility of food allergies. Keeping a food diary for one month can help pinpoint the foods that trigger a increase in symptoms or exacerbate the condition.
  • Primrose Oil contains linolelic acid which is s good promoter of skin healing
  • Vitamin A - is necessary for the healing of the skin and construction of new skin (do not exceed the RDA if you are pregnant)
  • Vitamin B - can help manage stress and are necessary for all cellular functions helping maintain healthy skin. times a day. B2 and B12 have been found to be particularly helpful in cases of Rosacea
  • Zinc - for tissue repair.

We advise seeking advice from a Naturopath or Nutritionist before taking supplements over the Recommended Daily Allowance

Herbal Help

  • Aloe Vera has excellent healing properties, can be applied topically to dry skin (if irritation occurs discontinue use)
  • Burdock root, borage seed, dandelion root parsley and yellow dock root improve skin tone.
  • Bromelain and turmeric help control inflammation.
  • Nettle and Rosemary improve skin tone and nourish the skin promoting healing.
  • Sarsaparilla and alfalfa have been known to improve skin tone.

See a registered Herbalist to acheive the best results from Herbal Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Treatment revolves around clearing Heat (Qing Re), stopping itching (Zhi Yang) and arresting secretion (Shou Se)

 

Ayurvedic Recommendations

Rosacea is thought to be linked to a Pitta Imbalance, which leads to inflammation, red and itching skin and rashes.

  • Aggravated by anger, tension,stress, hot weather, spicy sour foods, seafoods, canned and preserved foods.
  • Treatment - do not use astringents. Use herbal teas or tinctures such as alfalfa, chickweed, mint, nettles and raspberry to help rebalance pitta.
  • Essential Oils such as chamomile, lavender, passion flower and skull cap can be used externally to calm Pitta imbalance.
  • Treatments for inflammation include echinacea, goldenseal and oregon graperoot