Rosacea is a skin condition that is characterized by flushing, redness and small bumps on the skin. The condition is chronic and progressive which means that if it is not treated, it will become worse as time goes by. There is no cure for rosacea, but in addition to pharmaceutical treatments there are some home remedies that can reduce the inflammation and control the symptoms.
The symptoms of rosacea appear on the face and are marked by red areas, bumps, red nose, and flushing of the skin on the face. Skincare is the most important way to control rosacea outbreaks and alleviate the symptoms. Proper skincare can be used as preventative medicine to keep outbreaks to a minimum. Sunscreen should be worn to protect the skin from the effects of the sun. Use a product with an SPF of at least fifteen to adequately protect the skin, particularly on the face.
Use gentle soaps when washing the face. Harsh soaps can irritate the skin and make the condition appear worse. Toners and astringent products that have alcohol should be avoided. These products can irritate the skin as well.
Some foods can trigger an outbreak of rosacea. To discover which foods may cause an outbreak of rosacea for you, keep a journal of the foods that you eat and note any changes to your skin condition. According to healthy-skin-guide.com, some patients have found that chocolate is a trigger for rosacea, while others are not affected at all. Caffeine withdrawal is a trigger for some patients, but drinking caffeinated beverages does not cause an outbreak of the condition. Pay attention to the foods that you are eating when an outbreak occurs.
Carbohydrates like pasta, bread and sugars are thought to cause rosacea outbreaks. Minimizing these foods and eating whole grains instead may be able to keep outbreaks from occurring. Fruits and vegetables, particularly blueberries, blackberries and cherries, can reduce the red appearance of the skin.
Licorice is used to treat rosacea for its anti -inflammatory properties. Lavender, green tea, feverfew, chamomile and tea tree oil are all used for the same reason. Lavender also has antiseptic properties and a calming effect that can relieve the stress that may exacerbate the symptoms.
There is no cure for rosacea, but herbal treatments are a natural way to alleviate symptoms. Herbal treatments should not be viewed as cures for rosacea. A doctor can prescribe ointments that will reduce the inflammation and redness that comes with rosacea. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed along with topical medications.