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Help Me Choose Natural Skin Care for Rosacea
What is it?
Nearly 16 million people suffer from a constant red complexion due to a vascular skin condition called rosacea. The cause of rosacea is still not entirely understood, though there are many contributing factors.
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that principally affects the face. Rosacea symptoms can vary greatly from one individual, but it often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people and is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions.
When it comes to skin flare-ups there are often specific triggers that cause rosacea symptoms to emerge. Try and note any possible triggers so can limit your exposure to factors that increase inflammation. This may help naturally prevent flare-ups or at least stop them from becoming worse.
While rosacea may begin in the teenage years, it most often affects middle-aged and older adults. It is more common in women (particularly during menopause) than men. There is no typical skin type for people with rosacea. While many experience dry, flaky skin, others may have normal or oily skin.
Symptoms can vary from one individual to another, some symptoms include:
Facial redness or flushing in the central part of the face (forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin).
Sensitive and/or dry skin can cause a burning or stinging sensation.
Spider-like Blood Vessels
Small, dilated blood vessels (capillaries) that look like thin red lines, called telangiectasias, may become visible. This area of the skin may become swollen, warm and red.
Swollen red bumps that may develop into pus-filled pimples may appear. They may feel warm and tender or become painful.
Some experience dry, irritated, itchy eyes and swollen, reddened and inflamed eyelids.
Skin on the chin, cheeks or forehead can become thicker and coarser with a bumpy texture.
A Swollen Nose
Most often seen in men, over time the nose can become red, larger and bumpy due buildup of tissue on and around the nose. This condition is called rhinophyma.
There is No Cure for Rosacea
As a skin care company we are not trying to treat the condition, the best we can hope for is to help ease some of the symptoms associated with rosacea. Our recommendations are based on customer experience--not everything works for everyone and what works well for one person might be ineffective for someone else.
Folks with rosacea have a fragile stratum corneum, the topmost layer of skin. This means that vigorous scrubbing, harsh cleansers and products with synthetic additives will often make matters worse.
Because the signs, symptoms and severity of rosacea vary from one person to another, folks should check with their health care provider to ensure their skin-care routine is compatible with their rosacea.
Use A Gentle Natural Soap
We recommend our Sea Buckthorn & Tea Tree Soap to help control flare-ups. It contains many of the natural ingredients often recommended for rosacea such as:
- Virgin Sea Buckthorn Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Green Tea
- Oregon Grape Root
- Licorice Root
- Tea Tree and Lavender Essential Oils
Be gentle when you wash with your skin. Do not rub or scrub skin. Using fingertips only, gently massage skin moving in a circular motion. (Save the washcloth for times you want to gently exfoliate only.) Rinse with lukewarm water and blot the dry with a clean cotton towel.
Moisturizing can help prevent some of the sensitivities associated with irritated skin such as burning, stinging and itching. It also helps hold in moisture to maintain and restore the skin’s natural lipid moisture barrier.
If the lipid barrier is damaged, tiny, invisible cracks can develop in the skin that allow moisture to escape, causing dry skin, and allowing irritants to enter more easily which exacerbates sensitive skin.
There are great natural ingredients in moisturizers that can help maintain and repair the moisture barrier. Products that contain sea buckthorn oil, tamanu oil, rosehips oil, borage oil or jojoba oil can be especially helpful. Shea butter and squalane (found in our Whipped Squalane Face Cream) also soothe irritated skin and help repair the moisture barrier.
Use Pure Unrefined Oils
Use pure, unrefined oils that retain their natural color and nutritional benefits. We recommend our Sea Buckthorn Tamanu Facial Oil. Oils soften and strengthen the skin, help reduce scarring, help reduce swelling and inflammation, and moisturize.
They are remarkable and healing and have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties. Always use products made with pure, organic, virgin oils. Unrefined oils retain their natural color and nutritional benefits.
We also recommend our Sea Buckthorn and Rosehips Salve it's an excellent all natural anti-inflammatory treatment for red, inflamed, and flaking skin. An infusion of chamomile, calendula and lavender combined with organic sea buckthorn oil helps calm and protect Rosacea inflamed skin. The salve also soothes and softens skin.
If you have extremely sensitive or allergic skin, it is always recommended to do a patch test for compatibility prior to using any new products.
Things to Avoid
Some rosacea sufferers feel self-conscious and try to cover up their rosacea with a lot of make-up. Unfortunately, many commercial cosmetic products can further aggravate rosacea symptoms. Use only gentle cosmetics made with natural, and organic ingredients.
Synthetic Fagrances, Colors and Additives
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests staying away from products that contain synthetic fragrances, colors, and additives which are common irritants for sensitive skin.
Detergent based soaps, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, propylene glycol, and other synthetic ingredients are common skin irritants and can cause flare-ups or exacerbate rosacea symptoms.
It is important to patch test skincare products on the inner arm before applying a new product to test for sensitivities. Just remember your facial skin may be more sensitive than the skin on your arm.
Alcohol Based and Drying Products
Some rosacea sufferers develop acne. The problem, most acne treatment methods will only aggravate a rosacea sufferer’s skin, worsening the condition instead of helping it. Alcohol-based products and harsh astringents strip natural oils and cause excessive dryness which makes the natural barrier more susceptible to irritation.
It might be tempting to avoid using moisturizer if you have oily skin that is prone to acne breakouts, but moisturizers made with organic unrefined oils can provide essential nutrients to the skin without causing breakouts or further irritations.
Abrasive chemical and mechanical exfoliation can be very damaging to the sensitive and fragile skin of rosacea sufferers.
If you suffer from dry, flaky skin, gentle exfoliation may be helpful to dry skin cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin.
Read our blog, "The Nitty Gritty of Exfoliation"
Find your triggers
For many folks there are factors that trigger rosacea flare-ups. It is important to learn what triggers the flare-ups and avoid them. A number of factors appear to contribute to dilating blood vessels in the skin which can worsen the symptoms of rosacea.
According to a survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society, the top six triggers are:
- Sun exposure
- Chronic stress
- Strenuous exercise.
Other common triggers include:
- Spicy food
- Hot beverages
- Certain ingredients in commercial skin care products or cosmetics
We often receive emails and phone calls from customers with chronic irritated or inflamed skin problems.
We have learned that for some people simply switching to a natural product may help.
We believe that natural ingredients are milder, healthier and gentler on the skin. I often say that it’s what's NOT in our products, that is often the most helpful.
While we cannot promise that our products will help heal your inflamed or irritated skin conditions, we have received a lot of feedback from customers telling us that our products have helped soothe irritated skin problems.
We have used this feedback to create "Help Me Choose" pages for a variety of skin issues.
Pure essential oils, herbs, and other natural ingredients have been used for centuries. Their folklore and uses have been passed down through generations.
Please note that our products are NOT drugs or medicines meant to treat or cure illness, which would require FDA testing and approval. Our products are intended to help soothe irritated skin.
If you have sensitive skin issues, always try an allergy patch test before using a new product.
Aren't all handmade soaps the same? . . .
The answer is NO!
Saying a soap is "handmade" says nothing about quality of the ingredients or the knowledge and skill of the soapmaker!
Chagrin Valley is not just another soap and skin care company. We are committed to healthy skin, healthy people and a healthy planet.
We are a USDA Certified Organic Company specializing in luxurious, organic, handmade soaps rich in natural glycerin for healthier skin.
It's all about the ingredients! Inspired by our love of nature, we use organic herbs, seeds, flowers, vegetables, fragrant spices, fruits, pure essential oils and purifying clays for their exceptional skin care benefits and to provide natural color, aromatherapy, texture, or gentle exfoliation. Nothing artificial, nothing synthetic, no GMO’s, just natural wholesome ingredients.
Chagrin Valley's Natural Soap & Shampoo Bars Are...
- all natural
- made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients
- handcrafted in small batches using the old-fashioned Cold Process Method
- made with sustainable and fair trade ingredients
- certified cruelty-free
- free of detergents
- free of synthetic fragrances
- free of synthetic colors
- free of artificial preservatives
- free of artificial foam boosters
- free of alcohol and petroleum products
- free of synthetic additives
- free of GMOs
- mild and nourishing
- rich in natural glycerin
- magnificent long-lasting lather
- cured for 8 to 10 weeks
Our soap making process uses only natural and organic ingredients. Why add artificial ingredients to a handmade product?
Remember, the skin is the body's largest organ
and it needs to breathe as part of its
important role in maintaining overall health!
Well, first of all, it's an all-natural product. Commercial lotions are NOT. Our Whipped Shea Butters only contain the ingredients that they need. Creams and lotions created in a lab often clog pores, aggravate acne, trigger allergic reactions, and make skin feels heavy and greasy.
The organic oils and butters we use do NOT contain petroleum based chemicals (Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Paraffin), chemical emulsifiers (DEA, MEA, TEA), chemical preservatives (Parabens, Urea), Propylene Glycol, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances.
Lotions have a very high water content. Once water is added to make a lotion, it is almost impossible to create an all natural product and still keep the bacteria and mold out.
No Alcohol or Petroleum Ingredients
Have you ever noticed that when you use your body lotion your skin never stays moist and you find yourself going back to the lotion bottle over and over?
Look at the ingredients. Often times water is the main ingredient. Commercial lotions often contain isopropyl alcohol and/or mineral oil. Both of these actually are very drying to your skin. The alcohol gives a temporary sense of coolness due to evaporation.
Mineral oil is found in lotions, soaps, baby oil, cosmetics, and motor oil. Mineral oil is a clear, liquid oil with no scent and will not spoil. It is very inexpensive because it is produced as a byproduct of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil. It is great for oiling your wooden cutting boards--but not your skin. Mineral oil does not penetrate to soften. It is difficult to absorb, coats your skin and clogs the pores. If you would like to have healthy skin, stay away from mineral oils, animal fat, petroleum, and synthetic oil based skincare.
No Propylene Glycol
Commercial creams and lotion often contain propylene glycol, which acts as a “humectant, preservative or stabilizer. Commercial skin-care products are stored and shipped and must have a very long shelf-life. Propylene glycol helps the fragrance, consistency and product appearance to remain attractive throughout its long life.
While the FDA has categorized propylene glycol as "Generally Recognized as Safe," and some say that
Your Natural Cream Has So Many Uses
We know that natural body butters make great moisturizing body creams. But here are some other ways we have used these balms and butters:
- Get rid of those cracked heels
- Gently massage into very dry areas on your face
- Soothe and smooth skin after shaving
- Add a dollop to your hot bath water instead of using synthetic bath oils
- Massage some into your cuticles to soften them
- Massage into your lips for a great all natural lip balm
Whether you call them "face oils" or "facial serums," nourishing, unrefined organic oils can moisturize, soothe and help restore natural balance to facial skin.
While many people, especially those with oily or acne prone skin tend to shy away from oil-based moisturizing, it can be a very important step in daily skin care. An organic facial oil helps to increase the moisture content in the skin and prevent further moisture loss.
If you have oily skin, nourishing organic oils can help mimic the natural skin sebum which in turn sends signals to oil producing cells that say, "hey my skin is moisturized so stop producing oil."
Using products created to "dry out" oily skin will actually trigger the oil glands to increase oil production, which only exacerbates the oily skin problem. A wholesome moisturizer helps balance skin oil production.
If you have dry skin an organic facial oil made from unrefined botanical oils creates a protective but breathable barrier that slows moisture evaporation and thus helps lock in moisture.
If you have irritated skin a facial oil can help calm inflammation and soothe red irritated skin.
It is especially important for those (like me!) with maturing skin to keep your face adequately moisturized to help with fine lines and wrinkles.
The main thing is to make sure that you are using the right kind of moisturizer.
The most nourishing face oils are those made with unrefined, certified organic plant-based oils.
Unrefined oils are either cold-pressed or expeller-pressed.
They are minimally processed without chemicals under temperature controlled conditions.
Minimal processing ensures a nutrient-rich, high-quality natural oil.
USDA Certified Organic means the botanical oils are free of synthetic additives, pesticides, and preservatives.
Stay away from petroleum-based products that contain mineral oils that clog your pores and cause breakouts.
How Does a Cleansing Oil Work?
A cleansing oil works its magic in two simple ways . . .
- oil dissolves oil
- skin with balanced oil production is happy skin
1. The concept of the oil cleansing method is rooted in one of the most basic principles of chemistry, “like dissolves like.”
Since water does not dissolve oil, if you wash with water you need some sort of soap or detergent. Think of soap as the middle-man that helps bring oil and water together so that the dirt and grease on your skin can be easily rinsed away.
Oils are what chemists call lipophilic, meaning that they are naturally attracted to other oils, including the excess skin oil (sebum) that causes breakouts and the oil by-products found in most makeup.
Even if you use water-based makeup, throughout the course of a day the makeup will mix with your natural facial oil.
A facial cleansing oil will dissolve away the dirty oil and makeup from your face and replenish it with clean, nourishing oil that protects and moisturizes throughout the day.
2. Using some good, natural, organic oil on your skin actually slows down its own oil production to maintain balance.
There is a huge misconception that using any oil on your face only creates more oil, more breakouts and leaves an oily residue. For years commercial skin care companies have told us we need to remove the oil from our skin, especially our faces.
The problem is that drying out your facial skin actually stimulates increase oil production--which is the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.
Our facial cleansing oil is formulated with a blend of organic oils and herbal infused oils that will balance sebum production and bind with the existing oil to unclog pores and cleanse impurities.
Using pure, organic oils whether to cleanse or simply moisturize will help balance sebum (natural skin oil) production, protect skin and keep it soft, smooth, and hydrated.
For more information please read our blog, "What Is A Facial Cleaning Oil? How Do I Use It?"
The answer is, YES!
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is a USDA Certified Organic company.
The most important consideration in any business is its customers. Today's world of misleading claims, false advertising, and simple deception, often leaves consumers trying to discover the truth about personal products and their ingredients.
- We want our customers to know that we are committed to transparency in everything we do.
- We want our customers to know that when we say "organic," we mean it.
- We believe that in becoming a USDA Certified Organic company, our customers do not have to wonder if we really use certified organic ingredients or if our organic products are truly organic.
- So we choose to be a certified organic company and abide by the strict standards required for organic certification.
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