Rosacea is one of the most common skin conditions I see in the clinic and as with many skin conditions, it can cause considerable distress to the sufferer. This article will share with you the many ways you can effectively manage rosacea by using natural and targeted ways to reduce inflammation in the skin without the need of being on long term medication.
What are the symptoms of Rosacea?
As with many skin concerns the symptoms vary amongst each person who is afflicted with Rosacea. Here are some common examples of what rosacea can look like.
- Acne Rosacea: is inflamed skin that can be both oily and dry and cause acne like lesions on the skin. Unlike acne, acne rosacea does not scar the skin.
- Facial redness and swelling
- Small visible blood vessels
How to effectively treat and manage symptoms associated with Rosacea.
The first step is to identify what flares up the rosacea as this can help you effectively manage the condition. This can range from alcohol, sunlight/external heat, emotional stress, spicy/hot foods and chemicals found in your skin care products.
As with acne, eczema and psoriasis; rosacea is a disease that needs to be addressed from the inside out. Many of the new patients I see in the clinic mostly use creams and lotions to address their skin concerns. For long term relief, I’ve seen the benefits of a multi-faceted approach to help with reducing inflammation in the skin and promoting the skin’s natural healing process. The combination that I have seen work best on my patients includes:
- Herbal medicine to specifically targets the individual weaknesses,
- Dietary changes to reduce inflammation,
- Mindfulness and stress management,
- Protecting the skin from harmful extremes such as hot days and avoiding overheating.
Nutritional Recommendations to manage Rosacea:
Keeping a food journal will help you identify exactly what helps your skin and what makes it worse. I usually recommend people to add their stress levels in the journal and any other factors that can affect the skin. But for starters I always recommend avoiding the following:
- Spicy/Hot Food
- Greasy/Fatty Food
- Take Away Foods
- Sugary Drinks
- Fatty Meats
For severe outbreaks of rosacea, I recommend avoiding all the foods in this list. For milder outbreaks of rosacea make your way through the list and take note which foods cause reactions.
Best Skincare products to manage Rosacea.
Rosacea with oily or acne type rashes.
Rosacea symptoms to address:
- Balance oily and dry skin
- Reduce redness in the skin
- Reduce pimple-like lesions
Clarifying Cleanser with Manuka Oil
The combination of white willow bark and lactic acid together with papaya extract and witch hazel extract, the Clarifying Cleanser with Manuka Oil gently cleanses the skin by removing excess oil build up and not disrupting the fatty layer on the skin’s surface.
Nutritive Scalp and Hair Mask
The Nutritive Scalp and Hair Mask acts to draw out the impurities in the pores to reduce the pimple-like lesions, balance the oil production by removing excess oil and hydrating dry skin with botanical extracts and healing oils. The mask is an important step in the topical management of rosacea as it helps remove the superficial layers in the skin while calming redness and inflammation in the skin.
Acne Prevention Moisturising Lotion
Due to the presence of acne-like lesions in the skin, it is essential to hydrate the skin but not cause congestion in the pores.
Rosacea symptoms including redness, skin sensitivity and broken capillaries
Rosacea symptoms to address
- Redness & broken capillaries from the presence of inflammation in the skin,
- Skin sensitivity to the damaged skin barrier.
Gentle Cleansing Lotion with Quangdong Extract
Cleansing the skin is the first step to managing sensitive skin. The Gentle Cleansing Lotion with Quangdong Extract is a lotion, it deeply moisturises while cleansing. Typical cleansers have detergent in them which would only irritate the skin and create more redness and reactivity in the skin. The main focus is to rejuvenate the damaged skin barrier to create a healthier intact skin surface. This will reduce redness and reactivity in the skin, making it look and feel healthier and dewy.
Hydrating Treatment Serum
The healing oils macadamia oil and kukui nut oil have a high concentration of essential fatty acids to help soothe redness and hydrate the damaged skin barrier to help with rejuvenating rosacea-affected skin. The Chinese botanical extracts, angelica and white peony deeply hydrate the skin and direct the activated ingredients deeper into the base of the epidermis. Here we can create change in the health of the skin, and as the skin migrates up to the top of the epidermis, the skin will appear less red and less likely to have capillaries break.
Nutritive Scalp and Hair Mask
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition, the role of this mask is to effectively reduce inflammation in the skin and help reduce the severity of the symptoms associated with rosacea. The Nutritive Scalp and Hair Mask was formulated for one of the most intense inflammatory skin conditions, scalp psoriasis. That is why the effects on rosacea is beneficial to reducing the redness and reducing the appearance of broken capillaries.
Enriched Scalp Oils
This product was initially formulated for people with scalp psoriasis. It didn’t take long until we saw remarkable feedback on how it reduced the redness in skin affected with rosacea. The formulation of 100% healing oils and has no preservatives so is great for skin that is reactive. The oils are vegan and aim to reduce the redness in the skin and hydrate the dryness to manage oil production. Some of the oils include Andiroba, Tamanu, Abyssinian, Pumpkin Seed and Avocado. A beautiful blend of rich oils that luxuriously are known to help with the effective management of rosacea.
Restorative Day Cream with Kukui Nut Oil
Another option for hydrating the skin, the Pure Delicacy Restorative Day Cream with Kukui Nut Oil is great to hydrate the skin to reduce dryness, rejuvenate the damaged skin barrier to reduce skin reactivity, contains anti inflammatory ingredients (pomegranate, raspberry leaf, kukui nut oil) to reduce redness in the skin as well as having antioxidants to fight free radical damage to the skin, creating an even glow all over the face.
If you are unsure of which product is best for your skin, you can schedule in a free 15 min skin assessment online or in the clinic to discuss your individual concerns. This assessment will help generate a prescription for your specific skin health needs to help you manage your rosacea more effectively.
Navigating through a skin condition can be exhausting as well as stressful. Take that angst out and allow a skin health professional to take control of your skin health needs. By having a one on one skin consultation, you will be given specific herbal medicine to address your rosacea and a program that will transform your health and wellness through nutritional advice, lifestyle advice and topical support to get your skin looking healthy from the inside out.
Remember that skin issues are an indication of something internally that needs to be addressed. To effectively manage skin conditions, we must provide a combination of topical care and internal medicine. The dual approach creates the results faster and helps you feel great from the inside out. Don’t hide away and cover it up; addressing it now will give you relief in the future.
Dr. Irene Prantalos (chinese medicine) knows the challenges around having a skin disease. Being diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 11 and seeing it spread to cover her entire body within 5 years, led Dr Irene to try Chinese Medicine. After seeing relief within 2 months, her journey took her to complete her double degree in Chinese medicine and now practising for 19 years.
“The formulation of our Salubre Skincare Solutions were an essential component to managing skin diseases effectively. The marriage between the topical health and the inner health is the only way to positively create healthier looking skin”