Don't Settle for Cortisone Creams or Pills
Though I often have issues with eczema on my hands, I have often spoken to friends who currently have rosacea either on the face or arms. The common symptoms they worry about include the physical appearance of redness or dryness, itchiness and inflammation.
If you're dealing with rosacea, and you're not sure about the best remedies or simply need a little bit of guidance, here's some helpful information:
Symptoms of Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that usually affects the forehead, nose, cheekbones and the chin. Combined units of capillaries close to the surface of the skin become dilated, which is what causes the blotchy red areas with small bumps. Sometimes, these small bumps can even turn into pimples and can be embarrassing to deal with.
Though the redness can come and go, it can eventually become permanent if blood vessels under the skin become dilated, which is also known as telangiectasia. The skin tissue can become inflamed, thicken, and become more sensitive to a touch.
Can Rosacea Spread?
Rosacea is a fairly common disorder, affecting about 14 million Americans who have it to some degree-- though many people have probably not even labeled it yet.
Rosacea usually begins with frequent flushing or redness of the face, especially in the areas of the nose and the cheeks. The flushing is caused by the swelling of blood vessels under the skin. Inflammation also has the capacity to spread to the rest of the face and small bumps may appear. However, it can typically take years for the skin condition to worsen or spread-- so you have time to do something about it!
Rosacea can also cause a frequent burning and feeling of grittiness in the eyes. It may even result in swollen eyes and eyelids. In severe cases of Rosacea, vision can be impaired.
What Causes Rosacea?
Though at this point, no research points to a specific underlying cause of this skin condition, certain factors can aggravate the condition. If you're looking to soothe or eliminate harsh symptoms of rosacea, try to stay away from the following:
Drinking hot liquids (yes, morning coffee counts!)
Consuming spicy foods
Exposure to sunlight
Makeup containing alcohol
Skin products containing alcohol
All of these factors can contribute to the aggravation of Rosacea and can be easily preventable by staying more indoors, using alcohol-free products, working on meditation to reduce stress and drinking cooler liquids.
What Natural Remedies Should I Take?
Based on heavy medical research, the following should be taken daily in the correct doses:
1. Primrose Oil /500n mg daily: Primrose oil is a great healer for many skin disorders. It contains something called Linoleic Acid which is a necessity for the proper functioning of good skin.
2. Pycnogenol/ Should be used as directed on label: Pycnogenol is a very powerful antioxidant that moderates allergic and inflammatory responses by reducing histamine production.
3. Vitamin A with mixed Carotenoids/ 25,000 IU daily for 3 months, then reduce to 15,000 IU daily. This specific vitamin is known for its healing properties and helps with the construction of new skin tissue.
4. Vitamin B Complex (with Vitamin B2 and B12)/ 100 mg of each major B Vitamin: Most Vitamins within the B complex are known for their antistress properties which are necessary for cellular functions and aid in maintaining healthy skin. Specifically Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) have been shown to be particularly useful in the treatment of Rosacea.
If you are suffering from Rosacea, it is important that you consume a diet that emphasizes eating raw vegetables and grain that are as natural as possible. Avoid most fats, specifically saturated fats and all animal products.
Saturated fats actually promote inflammation. These include:
Though following all of these amazing natural remedies can definitely help, it is important to consider that there is not yet a "cure" for Rosacea. While your skin condition can certainly improve and become much less aggravated, curing it completely may not be in the cards (we are staying hopeful!). It is also very important that you stop and or never use topical steroid creams such as Cortisone, as they only make the conditions worse (even if stops the itching).
I hope this helps, and if you have any questions at all you can reach me here.