5 Anti Inflammatory Tips for Rosacea
Rosacea is a medical condition that affects approximately one in ten of us in the UK. Some of those suffering from rosacea don’t know this is the issue. You may just think that you have issues with sensitive skin and redness. Some people put flushing down to changes in hormones. But rosacea is a skin condition - where your skin can flush, which can develop into permanent redness, visible blood vessels, irritation and even spots, papules and pustules. Sometimes skincare products can make claims to ‘cure’ rosacea but the truth is, as people with rosacea will likely already know, there isn’t a cure for the condition. You can however manage your rosacea - inflammation can be managed through diet, lifestyle and skincare.
Inflamed skin can be really awful - it can be red, feel itchy and irritable and really get you down. There are a lot of people with rosacea who find their self-confidence is affected. We’ve got five things for you to consider trying when your skin is inflamed with rosacea.
Managing rosacea with your GP
Before we look at the five tips for managing inflammation it is important to reiterate that rosacea is a medical condition. Your GP can help you to manage inflammation if it is extreme. This can sometimes be with antibiotics, steroidal anti inflammatory drugs or nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs. Prescription drugs will help to reduce inflammation and give pain relief. For long term treatment, following these tips can help to manage your rosacea.
1. Don’t just cover inflamed skin with makeup
When your skin is reddened or inflamed, it is only natural to reach for thick makeup to cover up your skin condition. But the more you are able to treat your skin with skincare products to help reduce inflammation and give your skin a break from makeup, the better for your skin. We understand that that some people can have more confidence wearing makeup during flare ups. If that is the case, The National Rosacea Society suggests that you try to keep makeup simple when your skin is inflamed. The more products you put on your skin, the more likely your skin is to react to those products. If you do want to use makeup, try and use products that do more than one job - so a primer that is an SPF is a good example of protecting your skin whilst also covering up. Where you can, you should try oil-free foundations and concealers - maybe looking at tinted moisturisers.
Try to go makeup free at least at home - using products that can put goodness back into your skin.
2. Write down everything you ate and put on your skin before the flare up
A large part of treating rosacea is learning to understand your skin. What does your unique skin react to? What is good for your skin and what isn’t? Try and keep a diary of what you have eaten and drunk, what skincare products you have used and any other key factors. While rosacea cannot be cured, it can be managed by understanding common triggers and making changes to your lifestyle accordingly.
3. Think about food and drink
Common triggers for rosacea flare ups include drinks like alcohol, caffeine and other hot drinks, which can increase facial redness by dilating the blood vessels; spicy foods; citrus fruits that have histamines in; also starchy and sugary foods can also be triggers. Consider changing your diet to avoid some of the food and drink that are triggers for your skin. Foods that are often helpful for skin with rosacea include high fibre foods like kale, asparagus and lentils - they can help with inflammation. Sources of Omega-3 like oily fish and flax seeds are high in antioxidants. Water is always great for your skin.
4. Consider temperature
Changes in temperature often have an effect on flare ups. When you are going out in the cold, use a scarf to protect your skin against the wind and cold air. You should also use sunscreen all year round to protect against the harmful UV rays from the sun. On hot days, use a light spritz to keep your skin hydrated and soothed.
When it comes to baths, saunas and exercise, try to avoid getting overheated. This can trigger flareups.
5. Use gentle skincare
Caring for skin with rosacea inflammation can be tricky. It can sometimes be tempting not to cleanse the skin at all - especially if it is reddened, sensitive or painful. But using the right gentle skincare products is key to treating flare ups and preventing worsening inflammation and infection, from papules and pustules.
Myroo are an amazing skincare company, founded by skin expert Rachael Dunseath who knows exactly what it’s like to have sensitivity and inflammation and to use skincare products that actually react and make your skin feel worse. That’s why she set up the first 100% ‘free from’ skincare company - with all ingredients being natural, organic and vegan. That makes Myroo products a great choice to consider when you have flare ups from rosacea.
Myroo Starflower and Orange Blossom Cloth and Cleanser is a gentle but really effective cleanser that comes with an organic face cloth. This cleanser contains three active ingredients that are great for inflamed skin:
- Apricot Kernel Oil - this natural oil provides high levels of Vitamin E. This works to to protect skin cells from damage from free radicals. It also is known for its anti inflammatory and soothing qualities.
- Starflower Oil - this natural oil is full of Omega 6 - this is a great ingredient to help the skin’s barrier function and helps with reducing water loss from the skin. Starflower Oil also helps the skin to naturally repair itself.
Safflower Oil - this natural oil helps to prevent dryness whilst effectively cleansing, attracting and removing surface dirt.
Myroo Starflower and Orange Blossom Skin Boost Facial Serum is a great boosting skincare product for use during flare ups. This serum is packed full of active ingredients, in fact it has a unique blend of natural oils that give your skin antioxidants, omega 3, 6 & 9, vitamins & minerals. When your skin is struggling, it is good to use a serum to give a concentrated boost to help your skin repair and refresh itself.
This serum can be used underneath your normal moisturiser and also underneath makeup, as a way of protecting and soothing skin.
Treat your rosacea skin
If you suffer from inflamed and red skin, why not try Myroo skincare products to see if they could help your unique skin. By choosing natural but effective skincare products that are designed for sensitive skin, you can put goodness back in but without further irritating your delicate skin.
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