Perhaps you’ve noticed that the skin of your cheeks and nose has become redder in recent years. Maybe you have small blood vessels that are beginning to show through. You may even have a case of acne that beats anything you had in your adolescence.
These might be signs of rosacea… and if you have rosacea, you are not alone.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that typically affects people in their mid-life and later years, although it can occur at any age. Fourteen million Americans have rosacea, but many of them are unfamiliar with the condition and uncertain why their skin is changing.
If you are one of these people, you are in danger of having your life disrupted by a condition that you can manage. Up to 70 percent of people with rosacea feel a lower level of confidence because of their condition.
Forty-one percent have altered their social patterns because they are embarrassed about their skin. Some people even report rosacea symptoms have had an adverse affect on their careers.
You don’t need to suffer like this. While it’s true that there is not yet a cure for rosacea, there are many things you can do to soothe your skin and reduce your symptoms.
Relieve Rosacea the Natural Way
Rosacea is not a constant condition. Some days are worse than others… and some days you’ll have hardly any symptoms at all. You can have more symptom free days by being aware of the things that causes rosacea flare-ups and avoiding them.
Common “triggers” include staying out in the sun too long, emotional stress, heat, sweat, alcohol, and spicy foods. Triggers are not the same for everyone. A good way to determine your own triggers is to keep a diary. You can keep track of when you have flare-ups and what might have caused them. This will help you identify patterns and catch your condition before it gets worse.
There are also a number of topical remedies that can help relieve rosacea symptoms. You should avoid anything that can cause your skin to dry out. Ingredients that are soothing for many people—eucalyptus, mint, witch hazel—may actually make rosacea symptoms worse.
Two of my favorite topical treatments for rosacea are aloe vera and emu oil.
In recent research, scientists have found that rosacea is triggered by overproduction of certain inflammatory compounds. Both aloe vera and emu oil are gentle, non-drying, and they both help to reduce inflammation.
You can find both aloe vera and emu oil at your regular health food store. When choosing aloe vera, pick one that is as pure as possible and that doesn’t contain alcohol. You can actually use aloe vera as a daily moisturizer and then add in emu oil during flare ups. I’ve seen this routine work quite well for many of my rosacea patients.
Jay Brachfeld, M.D.
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