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.