More than 16 Million Americans struggle with Rosacea, a skin condition that primarily affects mid-aged women. It is often characterized by small pus-filled red bumps that are sometimes mistaken for acne, in severe cases the skin may show signs of hardening. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, scientists are still trying to find out the root cause of this skin condition. In the meantime, functional medicine, and Ayurveda have proven remedies that your dermatologist won't tell you about.
Your dermatologist will often recommend antibiotics, anti-acne medication and skincare which often help temporarily manage the symptoms. We have helpful advice that you can either incorporate with your dermatologist recommendations, or if they've failed you, these are great alternatives. But first, let's understand the causes and triggers.
What are the main causes of Rosacea?
Rosacea remains a poorly understood skin condition. But skin specialists suggest that the following are some of the causes:
- Genetics: It is thought that family history plays a role in this disease. A number of people with rosacea have reported that a family member has it as well.
- Demodex Folliculorum: A skin mite that lives on our skin has been found in large numbers in people with rosacea. It is not understood wether rosacea increases the mites count or the reverse.
- Helicobacter Pylori: gut bacteria that causes dilation of blood vessels.
What are Rosacea triggers?
The following are common triggers you'd want to avoid if you suffer from rosacea:
- Foods: citrus, tomatoes, cinnamon, dairy, alcohol and spicy foods.
- Inflammation: often caused by leaky gut and processed foods.
- Stress, anxiety and strong emotions.
- Extremely hot or cold temperatures.
- Corticosteroids, used to treat high blood pressure.
- Environmental factors such as prolonged sun exposure, humidity and wind.
- Harsh cleansers, toners and facial exfoliants.
- Retinols and skincare products containing fragrance and other toxic chemicals.
Natural and safe remedies for Rosacea
- Avoid all trigger previously listed.
- Wear a broad spectrum Mineral SPF with Zinc Oxide.
- Use clean gentle skincare products that are fragrance-free.
- Wear a hat when outside.
- Take probiotics to balance your gut microbiome.
- Increase your food intake of fermented foods such as Kimtchi.
- Use products rich in Niacinamides to strengthen your lipid barrier.
- Keep your skin properly hydrated and moisturized.
- Use clean skincare with oatmeal, licorice, sulfur and Azaleic Acid (only spot treat with this one).
- Apply pure Aloe Vera gel on your skin to soothe flare-ups, and as a mask 3 times per week.
- Brew organic green tea, and pour it into a glass spray bottle, once cooled. Use this as a spray toner. Keep refrigerated and use within 5 days.
- Take some of your cold green tea and mix it with a teaspoon of Fenugreek to use as a paste on the affected area and leave overnight. This is a great substitute to traditional acne treatments. it will help soothe inflammation and reduce the flareups of the pus-filled acne.
- Use a blend of Turmeric (1/2 tsp) and honey (2 tsp) as a mask once or twice per week.
Other Beauty Doctrine product picks for Rosacea
1- Tata Harper Softening Cleanser
A bit pricey, but packs a punch when it come to ingredient selection and quality. The first ingredient on the list is Calendula, which is one of the most soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients out there. There is also Shea butter, Chamomile, Jojoba, Grape-seed Oil and a number of skin-loving and soothing ingredients. If this is within your budget, it's worth a try.
2- La Roche-Posay is one of our favorite brands for sensitive skin types. They have a serum specifically designed for Rosacea, which helps soothe redness. Enriched with Ambophenol, a powerful natural extract, soothing Neurosensine, and light reflectors.
3- LED Light Therapy: I am a HUGE fans of the LED light therapy. I personally suffer from Perioral Dermatitis and extreme skin sensitivity, and every time I use the blue light, I see visible results after 4 to 5 consecutive days of treatment (20-minute sessions). This mask has been a life-saver every time my skin gets flareups. It delivers every time.
4- Ancient Nutrition Gut Restore Probiotic Capsules
Also, one of my favorite supplements to rebalance my system and restore healthy gut bacteria. Many, if not all, functional medicine doctors and nutritionists advise incorporating a good probiotic in your daily supplement intake. The skin-gut connection has been established and proven. And it's high time we treat skin like all the other organs. Fixing the inside will automatically reflect on the outside :-)
Be well. Be safe. Be beautiful!