Rosacea can be one of the most troubling congested skin concerns due to unexpected flare-ups, burning, potential itchiness, and long-lasting flushing and acne breakouts. The most recent numbers from the National Rosacea Society estimate that over 16 million Americans and 415 million people worldwide suffer from this chronic inflammatory condition.
Typically, the rosacea blush starts making its entrance between the ages of 30 and 50. Generally, those affected have fairer skin tone and eyes. The blood vessels look larger, the skin may thicken, and the flush may morph into acne. Some who suffer from rosacea notice eye pain and may need to use warm compresses throughout the day. Flushed skin on the cheeks, nose, forehead, or chin can come and go.
You may think that similar skin conditions are causing your red cheeks, like acne, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, or others. A board certified dermatologist can best help you determine which skin condition you have. Finding out which condition you have will help you in the long run as you seek the solution.
While the symptoms, causes, and range of symptoms can vary from person to person, it is a treatable but incurable condition that must be managed. if you don’t take proper care of your skin, you will begin to notice spider veins or an increase in the duration of your flushing and breakouts. Having a great skin care routine for your rosacea is one way to help you minimize symptoms.
Today, we want to go through ways to reduce redness on your face, some natural remedies for rosacea, and what makes the best skincare elements for your skin!
Reduce Redness on Your Face
The first thing that most people want to do with rosacea, is reduce the redness. Some may choose to use prescription medication right off the bat – if you’re suffering with rosacea prone skin and need to calm the flare-up, you may need to go this route. But there are many natural remedies and skincare solutions that can help alleviate symptoms and keep further damage at bay.
Besides treatments for rosacea, you can help your skin by avoiding certain chemicals or allergens that make your condition worse. Often, simple things can cause an increase in symptoms. Some triggers include —
But there is hope if you’re suffering from this condition — there are a variety of natural remedies that can help your skin retain moisture and steer clear of further breakouts!
Natural Remedies for Rosacea
Rosacea is a unique condition in which the triggers and allergens can be unique to each person. But as you play with cutting different items and incorporating others, you should begin to see what works for your skin and what doesn’t.
Some simple steps to take are —
- Focusing on your gut
- Avoiding harsh soaps, fragrances, and chemicals
- Replacing certain medications if possible
- Finding the right skincare products for you
Focus on nutrition and whole-body wellness. Some attribute their flare-ups to imbalances in the gut. As these patients balance their GI system, through antibiotics and healthy eating, they have seen promising results. To encourage a healthy microbiome, you should include as many fiber-rich foods, prebiotics, and probiotics as possible.
Incorporating naturally probiotic foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, and miso while staying away from trigger foods can help your GI tract heal and promote overall physical wellness.
Your mental state goes hand in hand with your gut health. Be sure to spend some time meditating, cultivating a positively thankful spirit, or praying in the morning to help you clear your mind and minimize your stress.
Avoid Harsh Soaps, Fragrances, and Chemicals. While we at Freegirl always believe in limiting the amount of chemical exposure on the skin, those with rosacea must avoid typical skincare ingredients.
Many skincare and body care products contain alcohol, fragrances, or witch hazel that can further dry out your skin and can cause reactions with the delicate skin barrier. You also have to be careful with certain medications.
Here are some main ingredients to watch out for —
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Glycolic Acid
- Lactic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
- Witch Hazel (May contain ethanol)
Best Skin Care Products and Routine for Rosacea
Finding great skincare routines that work for you can go a long way in helping to keep your rosacea under control.
There are many products for rosacea that also provide anti aging properties — here are some of the key systems and properties you should look for as you begin your search for the right system for you.
Tips for keeping your skin moisturized and healthy —
- Always test a patch of skin before using the product on your face.
- Wash your face twice, in the morning and at night. Pat softly to dry.
- Add moisture back into your skin with a serum and/or moisturizer.
- Be sure to use sunscreen and protect your skin from UV rays.
Our favorite regimen for those suffering from rosacea includes —
Cleansing milk. Your skin may react better to oil-free, milk-based cleansers. Find a moisturizing cleanser that contains soothing elements like chamomile and lavender – all plant nutrients that shower your face with vital nutrients.
A Hydrating Serum and/or Moisturizer. Continue to look for those plant-based ingredients that you know you’re not allergic to. Calendula, Rose, Pomegranate Seed Oil and Aloe Vera are wonderful to calm irritation and redness while adding in moisture that doesn’t clog your pores. Occasional natural exfoliant (if tolerated). Look for a mask that gives you a boost of Vitamin C to help further reduce redness and fade hyperpigmentation.
All Natural Sunscreen. Be sure to incorporate a broad-spectrum sunscreen that is at least SPF30 whenever you go outside — if your skin is highly sensitive, you may need to opt for a hat for protection vs. another product.
If you’re looking for an all-natural, plant-based solution, check out our rosacea skincare regimen, specifically formulated to help your sensitive skin thrive with health and wellness!