Rosacea is a predominantly a facial skin inflammation that occurs on the cheeks but has been seen on the neck, chest, scalp and/or ears. People presenting with rosacea will have redness, small bumps and flushed faces due to facial blood vessels dilating creating an increased blood flow. Presently, medical experts are unsure of the mechanisms of rosacea, however, lifestyle and environmental factors do trigger the development. Many believe an overactive immune system ( auto-immune) and increased body inflammation maybe the underlying cause.
Common Rosacea Triggers
- Sun Exposure
- Hot meals ( spicy)
Best Ways to Naturally Treat Rosacea
As always, it is best to speak with your health care practitioner and create a treatment plan that works for you. Team work ensures a supportive environment with good outcomes.
1. Identify Triggers
Keep a food diet and begin to become more aware of the food triggers you might have. An elimination diet and/ or a food allergy test may also be of great benefit.
Once food triggers are known, completely take them out of the diet.
2. Treat the Gut
This is an important step as their is a strong correlation between gut health and skin health. Eliminating food allergies/sensitivities is the first step. Introducing probiotics into your daily supplement routine plus castor oil packs will heal and repair your digestive track.
3. React Better to Stress
This tends to be the most challenging for people. We get accustomed to our everyday life and the way we react to things. Becoming more aware of how you feel and react to certain situations is the first step in making a change. When the body is stressed, excess cortisol is released which will add to facial redness. I often recommend moving the body, daily: a morning or afternoon walk, yoga or joining a gym. Meditation can have profound effects. The Headspace app is a perfect place to begin; the set up is simple and the guidances are easy to follow.
4. Wear sunscreen ( A good safe one. This is the brand I use)
- Omega 3s and fish oils: Nordic Naturals offers high quality oils that have been rigorously tested for clean, safe oils. Omega Pro and the Cod Liver Oils are what I recommend.
- Antioxidants: Find a complex that has a vitamin c, e and a.
- Magnesium: Many people like to use a spray ( Radiant Health brand is good) and spray it on before bed. It is a simple way to apply.
- Curcumin: 500 mg, 2 times a day.
There are many other suggestions but the above is a great start. To shop supplements, click here.
With a bright awareness to the chemicals found in the personal care products – cosmetics and skincare – industry, it is somewhat easier to avoid companies that allow them into their products. I have used many safe brands over the years and have found that Beautycounter’s products to be high preforming and safe ( they ban 1500 chemicals from all their products – read about it here not their Never List). For Rosacea, I suggest these products:
If you have any questions, please let me know. I am always happy to help guide you with your health.