A Natural Approach to Rosacea

You can slather all the creams on that you want, and they may soothe and reduce symptoms in the short term, but if you’re serious about getting rid of rosacea you need to get to the root of the problem.

The best way to approach rosacea treatment is in a holistic way, to deal with what’s causing your rosacea in the first place. To calm your skin on a day to day basis, avoid chemicals and opt for a rosacea natural treatment.

The best way to approach rosacea treatment is in a holistic way, to deal with what’s causing your rosacea in the first place. To calm your skin on a day to day basis, avoid chemicals and opt for a rosacea natural treatment.

More than 16 million Americans suffer from various degrees of rosacea, and many of those who are in the early stages don’t even know they have it! So just what is rosacea? It’s a disorder of the facial skin.

While it’s easy to explain it away as ‘blushing easily’, or ‘heat up quickly during a workout’, frequent facial flushing is quite often the early stages of rosacea.

The best way to approach rosacea treatment is in a holistic way, to deal with what’s causing your rosacea in the first place. To calm your skin on a day to day basis, avoid chemicals and opt for a rosacea natural treatment.

The Rosacea Diet

As many people around the world become aware of the benefits of cleaning up their diets, people with rosacea could benefit by paying attention.  One  diet in particular has proved beneficial to those suffering from rosacea, or general facial redness – the ‘Alkaline Diet’.  In some circles it’s actually become known at the ‘Rosacea Diet’!

The Alkaline Diet is pretty straightforward, and follows some fairly basic rules.

  • drink lots of water, and stay away from anything sweet.  Pop, juice and anything which is artificially sweetened is out. And so is alcohol.
  • eat lots of fresh vegetables, and make an effort to eat most of them raw
  • eat some fruit, but use it as an occasional treat rather than a staple

And more specifically, avoid acid forming foods such as:

  • sugar
  • grains
  • dairy products

And avoid foods which can cause flushing:

  • hot drinks
  • spicy foods
  • alcohol

While this may seem restrictive, it really isn’t if you’re prepared to change the way you eat.  Look for ways to introduce more vegetables and protein (lentils, chickpeas, eggs etc), and less refined carbohydrates and sugar.  Nuts are a great way to transition and to work through the hungry times, but too many can lead to weight gain.

 

What is Rosacea?

More than 16 million Americans suffer from various degrees of rosacea, and many of those who are in the early stages don’t even know they have it! So just what is rosacea?

Rosacea is a disorder of the facial skin. While there is no ‘cure’ at this stage, it is certainly treatable. And the earlier the condition is diagnosed the better!

Symptoms in the early stages usually include the following:

  • redness on the face: cheeks, chin, nose and/or forehead
  • pimple-like bumps on the face
  • small blood vessels on the face that are visible
  • irritation of the eyes for no apparent reason

While it can be easy to explain the symptoms away as ‘blushing easily’, or ‘having a bit of a breakout’, if you think you may be in the early stages of rosacea it’s important to take action.

Rosacea usually begins sometime after 30, and may come and go for several years. As time passes, it becomes more persistent and more visible. It really is a good idea to seek medical advice if you suspect that you may have early stage rosacea as the condition becomes both more unsightly and more difficult to treat as time passes.

What causes a flushed face?

An increase of blood to the face will bring about red cheeks, and quite often the neck and chest will redden too.  While you may not be in a position to see this take place, it’s usually accompanied by a feeling of warmth (or outright burning!) as the face reddens.  So what encourages the increase of blood in the first place?

Emotions

The most common cause of a flushed face would have to be emotions.  Embarrassment and anger are the main emotions that will send the blood rushing to your face, but other emotions like fear or excitement can also have the same effect.  Strong emotions can trigger the ‘flight or fight’ response, which is responsible for getting your heart racing and your blood pumping.  When some of this blood goes the way of your face, you’re going to end up with facial flushing.  While it’s difficult to contain once the emotion has kicked in, thankfully it is manageable once you have identified what’s going on.  The aim is to calm down, and the best way to do this is to concentrate on your breathing, which has probably accelerated.  Once you have slowed your breathing, and focused on relaxing, your heart rate will decrease too.  This, in turn, will reduce the rate of blood being pumped to your face, and your facial flushing should begin to subside.