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What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that mainly affects the face and sometimes the neck. Although there is no cure for Rosacea, there are several measures that can be taken to control its symptoms and improve the quality of life of those affected.
In this article we will explore a new perspective on how to balance skin with Rosacea, focusing on holistic approaches and the latest insights from scientific research. It’s important to note that each case is different, and treatment should be personalised according to each person’s individual needs.
Anti-inflammatory Diet: The Role of Diet in Rosacea
Recent studies suggest a strong relationship between diet and the severity of Rosacea symptoms. A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruit, vegetables, fish rich in omega-3 and certain spices, can help reduce inflammation in the skin and reduce Rosacea flare-ups. On the other hand, inflammatory foods such as processed foods, dairy products, spicy foods and alcoholic beverages can trigger or worsen the symptoms of the disease. It’s important to consult a health professional who can provide personalised advice on the most suitable diet for controlling Rosacea.
It is important to consider other diet-related factors that can also influence Rosacea, such as the consumption of caffeine and hot foods, which can aggravate its symptoms. Dehydration can also aggravate the symptoms of rosacea, which is why it is recommended that you drink plenty of water.
Holistic Approach: Caring for Body and Mind
The holistic approach to treating rosacea involves taking care of the body and mind as a whole. Practising relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga, and moderate physical activity can help reduce stress, which is a trigger and aggravating factor in rosacea. Getting adequate sleep also helps reduce inflammation and promotes cell repair, which is important for skin recovery.
In addition, it is essential to maintain a daily skincare routine, using suitable products and avoiding excessive exposure to sunlight and hot, dry environments. Washing your face with warm water and using gentle, non-irritating products is essential to avoid skin irritation. In most cases, it is also important to avoid using cosmetics that contain comedogenic ingredients, which can clog pores and thus worsen the symptoms of Rosacea.
What’s New in Cosmetics: Soothing and Moisturising Ingredients
Using cosmetics with soothing ingredients, such as aloe vera or camomile, can help reduce redness and calm irritated skin. In addition, moisturising products that strengthen the skin barrier and prevent the skin from losing water are essential for daily care.
It’s important to choose products that are suitable for sensitive skin and avoid those that contain irritating or occlusive ingredients. Sun protection should be carefully considered, because although many professionals recommend its daily use, sometimes its ingredients are irritating and potentially toxic to the skin, which ends up aggravating symptoms. If it is recommended, it’s best to opt for specific sunscreens for sensitive skin, with light, non-comedogenic and non-toxic formulas.
Medical Treatments: When to Consider?
Although many cases of Rosacea can be controlled with a natural and holistic approach, in some more severe or persistent cases it may be necessary to consider medical treatments.
The most commonly prescribed topical medications are metronidazole and azelaic acid, which work by reducing redness, inflammation and the formation of lesions on the skin. In very severe cases, the use of oral medications may be necessary, always under specialised medical supervision, given their potential for side effects and toxicity to the liver. Oral antibiotics such as doxycycline or minocycline can be prescribed to control inflammation and reduce the formation of papules and pustules. In addition, laser treatments, such as intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) or the carbon dioxide laser, can be considered to reduce redness and improve the appearance of the skin.
However, it’s important to remember that drug therapy should always be combined with the 3 pillars mentioned above to achieve better, faster and longer-lasting results.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that requires continuous care and a personalised approach to balance. By adopting an anti-inflammatory diet, taking care of the body and mind, using suitable soothing cosmetics and, when necessary, seeking medical treatment, it is possible to control the symptoms and improve the quality of life of people with Rosacea.
Each case is unique, and treatment must be adapted to each person’s individual needs.
So far, none of the Rosacea cases I’ve seen (some with just redness, others with telangiectasia and others with papules) have required medication. We’ve controlled everything with just cosmetics, diet, good lifestyle routines/habits and a 100% commitment to skin health and the realisation that the skin reflects what’s going on inside us 🙂
I hope this article has provided you with valuable information and a new perspective on treating skin with Rosacea. Essentially it has been a source of inspiration to those who suffer from this condition, of how it really is possible to live with balanced skin as if nothing were wrong, with this natural and holistic approach.