There are some skin conditions that are completely understood and easy to control. There are also some skin conditions that aren’t and are, in fact, so much more complicated to even understand let alone control. Rosacea is one of the latter.
As a skin condition that is constantly referred to as just that, an external problem them that is in no way related to any internal issues, unlike the majority of skin problems, it’s pretty unique. In fact, it seems like the only one. So it seems that either Rosacea is a complete skin mystery, or it has some help from internal issues after all.
I’m sure suffers will agree that Rosacea has its moments, both good and bad. And by good I mean, it’s kept a bay. And by bad I mean, really bad!
The reddening of the face as it can be considered from a distance, Rosacea actually results when the bloody vessels in the skin (particularly on the face) enlarge and give an exaggerated flushed appearance. It might seem like a like overheating to some, but it’s far from it.
For starters, it can be constant. No matter what suffers do, the redness stays. And while some argue that nothing can be done, despite traditional Rosacea treatments being offered medically, the knowledge that it can flare up in relation to outside sources leads me to believe otherwise.
What Encourages Flare Ups?
At a risk of attributing all Rosacea issues with any of these problems, I want to start by saying that in some cases they have found to be connected, but aren’t always. Likewise, if you suffer from any of these, it doesn’t automatically meant that you have, or will develop, Rosacea.
Suffers of Rosacea will find that food sensitivities can make it worse – some may even say that these sensitivities have lead to their Rosacea – making the whole its only a skin thing seem a little pointless now.
Likewise, heat and sun exposure can contribute, but it’s also been said that things like having a poor immune system, low energy or being overweight are linked – so perhaps working on things like this could make a difference to the appearance of Rosacea after all.
How Can it be Treated?
Regardless of the reason for your individual case of Rosacea, the remedy is always what people want to know the most. And while there isn’t one given ‘cure’, just like there isn’t a true known reason for Rosacea, there are some pretty helpful, useful and easy home remedies that might just do you the world of good.
Before we get into it, it’s worth saying that Rosacea suffers often find their skin is quite sensitive – in life as well as to new treatments and even food. So, each home remedy (whilst tested by Rosacea suffers and recommend for having great results) should be taken lightly and tested, adaptively, alongside your own lifestyle.
1. Green Tea
I bet there’ll be no surprise that this one hits the top of my list. Green Tea is known for its health benefits for many reasons, but it will also do Rosacea suffers the world of good. It’s great as an anti-inflammatory and of course can be used as a traditional tea internally, but also has is benefits as a topical treatment.
There are facial creams that are based around, or contain, green tea, but it’s worth noting that you can also soak green tea on the face as a sort of mask. It’s also in its purist form, so will get right to work. By doing this, the green tea boosts the skins natural defence system, particularly against the sun, which can help with Rosacea sensitivity.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Just like Green Tea, Apple Cider Vinegar has some anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a huge internal cleanser. Instantly, this one sounds like a winner. Not only does it balance the body internally, but it fights of any digestive baddies that could be leading to food sensitivity and Rosacea flare ups.
As as internal treatment Apple Cider Vinegar must been a pure ‘mother’ form, so make sure your bottle states that it is. 2-3 spoonfuls a day with food or diluted in water will do the trick. It can also be used as a topical treatment for Rosacea, just like Green Tea. Although sensitivities have been reported so it’s best when diluted quite well and used sparingly.
3. Vitamin D & Zinc
The imbalance in the body that can cause inflammation and flare ups with Rosacea can be helped with Vitamin D. Not only is is needed for skin to function and repair, but it also aids the protection barrier in the skin that is crucial to Rosacea suffers – as does Zinc.
The sun is of course one of the best sources, but exposure to this is dependent on whether the Rosacea suffer is sensitive to it or not. So, this is where supplements will do the trick!
4. Rose Hip & Flaxseed Oils
As an external treatment, Rose Hip Oil works wonders. It’s known to be a good skincare product for scars, wrinkles and more. It’s very hydrating and for that reason, it works on a lot of problems, including Rosacea. By adding in Rose Hip Oil to your external skincare routine, the skin should be less irritated.
Topically, Flaxseed Oil is a great choice. It’s full of essential fatty acids that work wonders with the digestive system, the skin and also helps to reduce inflammation – which Rosacea need! A few tablespoons a day will do.
5. Healthy Lifestyle
And, like any ailment, a healthy, balanced lifestyle is recommended. Eating the right foods, for fuel and healing, as well as ensuring your water intake is over 2-3 litres a day is essential to keep your body working well.
Sugary foods and those high in bad fats really aren’t good for your body, helping it function or Rosacea quite frankly. So, ensuring that lots of fresh fish, vegetables, fruits and meats are in your diet will help, as a balance – treats are allowed.
And the Result?
Either a Rosacea free lifestyle or one that is much more bearable, thanks to just making a few quick, easy and painless changes to your lifestyle with these home remedies for Rosacea.