Rosacea is a chronic, acne -like skin problem which affects adult people between 25 to 60 years of age. Its characteristic are very much like acne –inflammation on skin which results in redness on cheeks, nose, chin, eyelids and forehead and in serious cases large and distorted bumps on the face and serious problems in eye. The redness is caused by expansion of the blood vessels beneath the facial skin which causes more blood to flow to the stratum corneum, the upper most layer of the skin.
A Rosacea sufferer sometimes finds Rosacea flaring up on the face and sometimes finds it receding without any particular efforts. Another important fact about Rosacea is that it is not a curable problem and hence the objective of treating Rosacea is invariably controlling the symptoms.
If you suffer from Rosacea then do not lose your heart. The good news is that Rosacea can be controlled to a great extent with some caution and some life style changes. Here are a few tips, which will help you control Rosacea and bring out the actual glow of your face.
Tips to Take Care Rosacea Skin
Drink lots of Water
Drinking lots of water throughout the day can be one single and most effective strategy against Rosacea. Rosacea is exacerbated when the temperature of the blood raises and the blood vessels of the face are dilated. The rise in blood temperature occurs due to several factors like raised stress levels, high metabolism rate, vigorous exercises, dry climates, alcohol consumption, consumption of acidic foods, etc.
So, if you wish to regulate your blood temperature drink lots of cold water. Ensure the water is alkaline in nature. By and large tap water at home is alkaline whereas bottled water is acidic in nature since that water is treated for increasing its shelf life. So, try to consume fresh tap water as much as you can.
Apply Natural Moisturizers on Face
Fragrances in the moisturizers can irritate your skin and can worsen your Rosacea. At the same time it is important to apply some kind of moisturizer to help skin in healing due to the damage caused by previous topical applications for Rosacea and to help skin regain lost moisture.
In such a situation natural moisturizers are the best bet. They provide moisture to the skin without irritating it. Jojoba oil and safflower oil are such two natural moistures which resemble in their composition to the sebum (natural oil) produced by the skin. Jojoba oil is non allergenic and does not clog skin pores.
Take a small drop of jojoba oil and apply on your face after washing it while your skin is still wet. In case you cannot get jojoba oil then safflower oil is the next best option. Safflower oil is easily available in the grocery stores. Just take a small bottle of the oil since it goes rancid within a month after opening the bottle.
Avoid Acidic Foods
Any food which is acidic in nature is not good for Rosacea sufferers. When we consume acidic foods the pH level of the blood alters. The pH level of human being’s blood is in the range of 7.35 to 7.42, which is alkaline. Therefore, once the blood goes off this range, flushing develops in the Rosacea sufferers which gradually give way to other serious problems of Rosacea.
A general guideline for a Rosacea sufferer is to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, include lots of fiber rich foods, drink a lot of water and ensuring adequate nutrition for age, weight and lifestyle. If need be, supplements can be taken with doctor’s consultation. To avoid flare – ups dairy products, fried and junk foods, acidic foods and stimulating foods like spicy foods, tea, coffee, etc. should be avoided.
Eliminate Diuretics from Your Life
Diuretics are those substances which help body in getting rid of salt and water. Tea, coffee, alcohol are some of the diuretics we have become accustomed to take in our daily diet. These diuretics create a very adverse effect on the skin of Rosacea sufferers since they push water out from the body and affect the pH level of blood.
Besides, these diuretics cause stress on the body which in turn helps in flaring up Rosacea. Try to stop consuming such diuretic substances. If at all you want to continue with these diuretics then minimize their intake and drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body.
Though scrubbing is a good idea for rejuvenating skin cells generally but it is not good for Rosacea sufferers.
Scrubbing irritates the sensitive skin and makes Rosacea worse. Be very gentle while wiping your body with towel after taking bath. Just pat your face with a soft cotton towel and do not rub it on face.
Wear a Sunscreen Daily
Sun can worsen Rosacea so applying a sunscreen is very important. Choose your sunscreen wisely or else consult your dermatologist. As a general guideline you should choose a sunscreen which protects you from UVA and UVB rays and has a SPF of 30. The sunscreen should contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide or silicone. These products do not sting and hence are safe for sensitive skin.
Avoid Hot Baths
While hot water bath seems like a real treat after a long and tiring day, it isnot so with the Rosacea sufferers. Hot water causes our blood vessels to dilate, giving that hot flush on the face. Therefore avoid hot water baths; just use lukewarm water for bathing. On the other hand, don’t use too cold water also. That will also cause flush on your face. Just use lukewarm water for washing face and for your baths.
Avoid Strenuous Exercises
Exercising produces lactic acid in our muscles and that again throws off the pH balance of blood causing flushing and flare ups. That does not mean you cannot exercise. You can still exercise and maintain your fitness levels but you need to practice some caution.
For example, warm up for few minutes by stretching before you begin your exercise, try to work out in mornings or evenings in the cool weather or in an air conditioned room, keep drinking water while exercising and work for short periods of time instead of a long exercise regimen at one stretch.
These 8 tips are the basic and most important tips for Rosacea skin care. Follow them religiously and you will see your Rosacea subsiding quickly.