In case you’re not familiar with rosacea, this is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects up to 10 percent of the population. No matter who you are, this can be a frustrating, embarrassing, and uncomfortable condition to live with. Let’s learn a bit more about this condition and some natural treatments to alleviate its symptoms.
What Causes Rosacea?
Studies have been conducted about the causes of rosacea, but it’s not entirely clear what makes it develop in some people more than others. It’s triggered by inflammation and an overactive immune system, but we’re not quite sure how those reactions cause the facial redness to persist over time.
In addition to inflammation, medical professionals also believe rosacea could be caused by blood vessel issues, harmful UV rays of the sun, and reactions to certain mediations.
Who Develops Rosacea?
People who are of northern and western European descent are most prone to developing rosacea; however, it is a condition that can affect people of any skin color. It often becomes evident during the teenage years, but it can become worse in the decades that follow. Women are more likely to develop rosacea than men.
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Symptoms of Rosacea
There are a few different types of rosacea, and each type has its own set of symptoms. Certain types are characterized by overall redness in the face, acne breakouts, fluid retention, and redness around the eyes.
In general, rosacea is typically marked by the following symptoms:
- Flushing/blushing/reddish skin on the face
- Sensitive skin
- Swollen skin
- Dry and rough skin
- Large, inflamed pores
- Acne breakouts
Natural Treatments for Rosacea
Medical professionals often prescribe an array of creams, lotions, and pills to clear up rosacea. However, this is a condition that commonly reoccurs, and patients can see flare-ups for the rest of their lives.
Therefore, some of the safest and most effective treatments for rosacea are natural treatments, and fortunately, there are quite a few of them.
Your diet has a lot to do with the condition of your skin, so it’s important to identify any dietary triggers that may be causing your rosacea and eliminate those foods. Trigger foods include sugar, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, dairy products, and trans fats.
These are some healthy foods that promote good skin and fewer rosacea outbreaks:
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables
- Salmon and other omega-3-rich fish
Lifestyle Habits to Prevent Rosacea
In addition to the foods you eat, rosacea can also be set off by the harsh chemicals that are contained in hygiene and beauty products, household cleaners, and environmental toxins. By reducing your overall chemical exposure, you may be able to prevent rosacea flare-ups.
Since skin that’s most prone to rosacea is already sensitive, it’s important to wear sunscreen every day when you leave the house, even if it’s partly cloudy or cool outside. Stress can also cause rosacea to flare up, so manage your stress levels by taking long walks with your dog, doing yoga, meditating, or engaging in any other activity that relaxes you in a healthy way.
Herbal Home Remedies for Rosacea
Aside from diet and a healthy lifestyle habits, there are also some great essential oils, herbs, and natural supplements that can help rosacea sufferers from having to go through the embarrassment of another red-faced day.
These are some home remedies to try if you suffer from rosacea:
- Aloe vera gel, try it straight from the plant
- Thyme essential oil
- Jojoba oil
- Raw honey
- Tea tree oil
- Green tea
- Apple cider vinegar
For more natural remedies and recipe instructions, check out Natural Alternative Remedy’s article on the topic.