If you’re suffering from Rosacea, or you simply want to know more about this increasingly common, yet poorly understood skin condition, this video is for you. Today we are going to learn how to prevent and treat this condition.
Rosacea affects 45 million people worldwide. It is more common in women but in men tends to be more severe. It typically begins after age of 30 and it get’s worse after menopause due to hot flushes.
The cause of rosacea is unknown, but it could be due to some combination of hereditary and environmental factors.
While there are many theories, the underlying cause or causes of rosacea have not been scientifically proven. However, a number of factors can trigger or aggravate rosacea by increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin. Some of these factors include: Hot foods or beverages, Spicy foods, Alcohol, Temperature extremes and sunlight.
But If you have rosacea, there are a number of things you can do to help keep the condition under control.
Avoid triggers: Many people with rosacea notice certain triggers make their symptoms worse. If you are not sure whether your symptoms have a specific trigger, it may be useful to keep a diary to identify whether your symptoms get worse depending on things such as the activities you do and foods or drinks you have.
Avoid Sunlight: Sunlight is the most commonly reported trigger of rosacea, you should use sun cream whenever possible, even when it’s overcast.
Control Stress: Stress is also a commonly reported trigger of rosacea. Ways you can reduce stress include:
learning relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation and yoga
taking regular exercise. However, strenuous exercise can sometimes make rosacea symptoms worse, so a low-intensity exercise programme, such as walking or swimming, may be better than high-intensity activities, such as running or aerobics.
Food and drink: Some of the most commonly reported food- and drink-related triggers are alcohol and spicy foods. You may want to try completely removing these from your diet to see if your rosacea improves.
What about skincare Skincare techniques? Here is some advice:
Gently clean your skin every morning and evening using a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Use soap-free cleansers with non-alkaline or neutral pH. Avoid scented soaps and alcohol-based skin cleansers.
Look for products suitable for sensitive skin. These are usually described as mild, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic (will not block pores).
Avoid oil-based or waterproof cosmetics requiring solvents for removal. Use water-based make-up and skin products instead.
Avoid astringents, toners and other facial or hair products that contain ingredients that might irritate your skin, such as fragrances, alcohol, menthol, witch hazel, eucalyptus oil, camphor, clove oil, peppermint, sodium lauryl sulphate and lanolin.