Coping With Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that is becoming a fairly common condition: approximately one in every twenty Americans suffer from it, many not even realizing they have it. Typically it begins in middle age or later, and it appears to affect more females than males.
The causes of rosacea are not understood, but certain factors are known to aggravate it. It is not conventionally curable, however there are measures that can be taken to manage the condition.
Rosacea most commonly affects the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin areas. Capillaries on the skin's surface become dilated, resulting in blotchy red areas with small bumps, and sometimes pimples. The redness may come and go, but eventually may become permanent. The skin tissue can swell and thicken, and may be tender and sensitive to the touch.
The inflammation of rosacea can look a great deal like acne, but it tends to be more chronic. The beginning of rosacea usually appears as frequent flushing of the face, particularly the nose and cheeks. This flushing is a flag for attention. It is sometimes accompanied by a persistent burning sensation.
Those who suffer from rosacea must avoid alcohol, hot liquids, spicy foods, sunlight, temperature extremes and the use of skin care products and makeup containing alcohol.
Stress and vitamin deficiencies can be contributing factors. Since inflamed skin ages more rapidly, it is important to supplement the diet to support the skin. The right supplements can help keep the skin nourished, if not keep down the inflammation.
While rosacea is not a dangerous condition, it can be distressing for cosmetic reasons. In addition, since inflamed skin generally ages quickly, those who suffer from rosacea need to be extra diligent in their skin regimens if they want to age gracefully. Measures that can be taken to help keep inflammation down to a minimum are as follows:
1. Saturated fats promote inflammation, and should be avoided.
2. Cool hot beverages to room temperature before drinking.
3. Treat skin gently. Skin suffering from rosacea is STARVED for nutrition. However, it is also most likely to react to strong products. We here at the Skin Shop have noticed a tremendous improvement in rosacea clients with the continued use of YUM GOURMET SKIN CARE Products. They are gentle enough to calm even the most stubborn of skin conditions, but effective enough to actually improve your skin quality. Products containing alpha hydroxy acids or alcohol or other harsh ingredients should be avoided. After cleansing, don't rub the skin but rather pat it gently. Avoid touching the skin except when cleansing it.
4. Avoid temperature extremes, including facial steam baths, saunas and hot tubs. Take baths and showers as cool as you can tolerate.
5. Supplement with a serious omega-3 supplement. Either Flax Seed Oil Supplements or Eskimo-3 Natural Stable Fish Oil Supplement would be excellent choices. These fats heal and promote health in so many ways, but they help regenerate healthy, glowing skin like no other supplement that I am aware of. To combat rosacea, 1-2 tbsp. a day would be required. If you are taking perscription blood thinning medication, don't take these supplements without first checking with our doctor.
6. Zinc, no more than 50 mg. daily, can help by enhancing the immune response and promoting tissue repair.
7. Poly-C, a stable and bioavailable form of vitamin C, can help by boosting immunity and strenthening capillaries. Vitamin C also acts as a mild anti-inflammatory.
8. Organic Liquid Milk Thistle Extract promotes liver activity and helps to detoxify the blood. This has a positive impact on many rosacea sufferers. It is important to take the liquid form, most capsules lose their effectiveness in the digestive tract.
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