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How to treat rosacea: banish toxic chemicals right this second
Categories: Beauty, Our ProductsApril 14, 2016 | Posted by Mukti
Before we get to my tips on how to treat rosacea naturally, without the use of toxic chemicals and harsh treatments, I’ll explain a little more about it.
The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but one explanation is that the regulation of the blood vessels of the face is faulty, leaving them dilated and producing the redness characteristic of rosacea.
Another hypothesis is that it’s caused by small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). A small study by a group of Italian gastroenterologists in Italy in 2008 found that rosacea patients have significantly higher SIBO prevalence than those without rosacea. Even more interesting, the eradication of SIBO created an almost complete regression of the rosacea patients' facial lesions and they maintained this excellent result for at least nine months.
If you’re dark skinned or Asian, you’re in luck – rosacea primarily affects Caucasians. Women are three times more likely to be affected and it’s more common in the 30 to 50 age bracket.
common rosacea symptoms
What triggers rosacea flare-ups?
Rosacea flare-ups can be triggered by:
- exposure to extreme temperatures and wind
- strenuous exercise
- sunlight and sunburn
- stress and anxiety
- artificial heating
- alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and smoking
- hot drinks and baths
- pharmaceutical drugs such as corticosteroids, blood pressure medications and those that dilate the blood vessels
If you’re desperate for ideas about how to treat rosacea, start by monitoring your exposure to the above triggers, then go through your cosmetics and medicines cabinet and do a major edit, starting with harsh acne and wrinkle treatments.
A sensitivity to certain skin care products, cosmetics and pharmaceutical medicines has been found to trigger rosacea in more than 90 per cent of cases.
Antibiotics commonly used to treat rosacea can unfortunately cause it to flare up. Doxycycline can cause rashes, itching, hives, redness, blistering and peeling of the skin, and tetracycline can increase your sensitivity to sunlight and increase your risk of sunburn, which is a no-no for rosacea.
The problem with taking antibiotics for rosacea is that antibiotics kill your healthy gut flora, which are needed to keep your skin clear and healthy. According to the American Academy of Dermatoloty: "Now, emerging research is finding that the benefits of probiotics may extend beyond the digestive tract to the skin. In fact, skin prone to acne or rosacea has shown improvement with daily probiotic use…”.
Creams commonly prescribed include brimonidine cream, ivermectin cream and isotretinoin, which may have tentative short-term benefits but could exacerbate the problem in the long term.
Desperately seeking any solution to treat rosacea, some people try microdermabrasion and chemical peels. I'd advise against this, as any treatment for rosacea needs to be very gentle.
Chemical peels work by removing the top layer of the skin (epidermis) and sometimes the second layer (dermis). The chemicals, acids and retinols required to peel off and exfoliate the upper layer of skin will reveal very fragile and sensitive skin. The newly exposed skin will be more sensitive and prone to redness, burning and stinging as it won’t have had time to adjust to the harsher exposed environment. It'll also be less able to hold moisture, causing even drier skin.
The best advice I have for how to treat rosacea naturally is to leave the skin intact and not further aggravate it by chemical or mechanical peels, and to use natural, certified organic products.
5 STEPS to treat rosacea naturally
Rosacea benefits from a consistent skin care routine that uses gentle, fragrance-free products containing natural, certified organic ingredients that are very nourishing and calming.
The most soothing botanical ingredients for rosacea are calendula, chamomile, aloe vera and Centella asiatica or gotu kola. Gotu kola is an excellent herb renowned for its ability to strengthen connective tissue, veins and capillaries and improve the blood flow to reduce the flushing effect.
Using the right products can help strengthen capillary walls, soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of redness.
1. Cleanse day and night with Hydrating Cleansing Lotion – a gentle hydrating cleanser that purifies the skin without stripping it of natural oils. Contains aloe vera, macadamia nut oil, kakadu plum and mountain pepper leaf. Wash your face with lukewarm water, as very hot or cold water can cause blood to rush to the face and cause more redness.
2. Moisturise daily with Marigold Hydrating Creme – A lubricating moisturiser which relieves, soothes, calms and hydrates dry, inflamed skin. Use a very small amount and blend with water to dilute, then pat onto the face. Contains gotu kola, calendula (marigold), vitamin E, kakadu plum, cornflower and willow bark.
3. Protect daily with Tinted Moisturiser with Sunscreen - based on 20% zinc oxide. Wearing sunscreen with a SPF of 15+ will help to protect the skin from sun damage. Use a hat to minimise sun exposure.4. Treat nightly with Antioxidant Facial Oil Omega 3-6-9 — Contains 15 precious cold-pressed nut and seed oils for superior healing and soothing power, including kakadu plum, davidson plum, blue cypress seed, mango seed.
5. Purify your skin once per week with Deep Cleanse Antioxidant Masque – purifies and detoxifies the skin while supplying essential antioxidants, phytonutrients and minerals. Contains aloe vera, kakadu plum, banksia, silky oil grass.
1. Eliminate intake of processed fats and sugars to reduce inflammation and assist with oversecretion of insulin production. This includes fast foods, dairy products and basically anything that is pre-packaged, so read labels carefully.
2. Avoid spicy foods, coffee, alcohol and hot beverages.
3. Increase intake of essential fatty acids in the form of nuts, seeds and flax oil if you are vegetarian. If pescetarian include fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna two to three times per week.
4. Check zinc levels. Most of us are zinc deficient due to the depleted nutrients in the soil in which our food grows. Zinc will assist with skin repair and reduce inflammation. Good dietary sources include sunflower and pumpkin seeds, whole grains and lean organic beef if you eat meat.
5. Check for low gastric acid levels. Low stomach acid associated with H. pylori can respond well to hydrochloric acid supplementation and reduction of inflammation. A simple breath test can be used to ascertain if this is a possible contributing factor.
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