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Nearly 16 million people suffer from a constant red complexion due to a vascular skin condition called rosacea.
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition which 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.
Rosacea most often affects middle-age 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
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 skin care products on the inner arm before applying a new product to test for sensitivities.
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.
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.
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
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