Popular Natural Rosacea Home Remedies You Have in Your Kitchen

rosacea home remedies you have in your kitchenAs you learn about the lifestyle changes that you can make to easily keep your symptoms under control, don’t forget that rosacea home remedies can be some of the simplest and most affordable weapons in your arsenal for combating redness, bumps, dryness, itchiness, burning, and other discomforts.

Please note that this is not medical advice.  It is not meant as a recommendation.  It’s meant to help share information I’ve discovered over the years and that I thought you might find interesting and helpful.  Always talk to your doctor before making major dietary or health changes.

Controlling rosacea symptoms is a two-part process: prevention and healing

The first component to helping to make sure that your rosacea symptoms are kept under control is to do what you can to stop them from happening in the first place. For some people, that is easier than for others. Every case of rosacea is different.  While many rosacea sufferers can take on the right habits to heal their symptoms and stop them from ever coming back, others will need to keep up an ongoing effort to reduce and ease flare-ups.

Regardless of the way that your rosacea symptoms present themselves, identifying triggers and reducing your exposure to them is key to flare-up prevention. That said, when it comes to healing the flare-ups that do happen, there are some amazing home remedies that can help you to get even more out of your red light therapy.

Some of the best rosacea home remedies are readily available in your pantry.

The following are the top 5 rosacea home remedies that may help you to soothe your symptoms when flare-ups occur. Used in conjunction with daily red/amber light therapy, these natural treatments may help to alleviate the discomforts associated with this skin condition, while shortening the length of time it takes for the symptoms to heal.

  • Green tea – It’s no mystery that green tea is great for you. It’s filled with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenogenic, and phyto-protective properties that support your overall health. That said, those properties are also helpful to treating rosacea symptoms.
    To take advantage of this home remedy, many people drink at least a couple of cups of green tea per day. Some will also make an extra cup “for the fridge.” Though you could drink that as an iced tea later on, many people prefer to use the chilled green tea for topical purposes.  To do this, soak a very soft cloth in it and hold it against the affected part of your face. For some people, this can be very soothing and will decrease inflammation and redness. Be sure to apply to a clean face as this could change the effects of any other medications or rosacea skin care products that you have on your face. If you are using doctor-prescribed medication, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this or any other home remedy for rosacea.
  • Oatmeal – Oatmeal is another antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient. It can be wonderful for reducing redness, inflammation, burning, and itching. To use this as a home remedy, use powdered (colloidal) oatmeal. This can be purchased at most drugstores, but in a pinch, you can blitz plain oatmeal in the blender and run it through a sieve to keep only the finest powder. It should be extremely fine because it will need to remain evenly suspended in water droplets.
    Mix ½ cup of the powder with ¼ cup of water and apply the mixture to the skin. Smooth it on very gently without rubbing. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse it away with cool water, patting dry with a microfiber towel. For a bad flare-up, repeat this several times per day. Again, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this in combination with other treatments.
  • Turmeric – This is a powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory herb with fantastic therapeutic and antibacterial properties that make it a favourite among rosacea home remedies. Many rosacea patients believe that using this spice internally and externally on a regular basis helps them to control their symptoms. Many rosacea sufferers also enjoy the effects of turmeric in combination with LED light therapy.
    External use involves applying a mask to the affected skin for 20 minutes made of turmeric and honey. This should be done daily until the symptoms have subsided.

    Internally, take up to one teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of water or almond milk, or as an ingredient in a rosacea-busting smoothie. A small pinch of black pepper helps the absorption of the turmeric into the body (by boosting its bioavailability). If you are on any medications, particularly anti-inflammatories, blood pressure, blood thinners, or others, consult your doctor before using turmeric, as it does have quite a powerful effect.
  • Chamomile – A compress of chamomile can be very helpful to many – but not all – sufferers of this condition. It is interesting to note that some people feel that this is the next best thing to a cure, others find that it actually worsens their symptoms. Test on a very small area before applying this to all of your affected skin to be sure that you don’t have a chamomile allergy (which is cool) and that it will not cause your symptoms to worsen. To use a chamomile compress, soak three to six bags of chamomile tea in three cups of boiling water for ten minutes and then refrigerate until cool (though not cold). Soak a soft cloth in the liquid, wring out the excess, and rest it on your affected skin for 15 minutes. Repeat several times per day until symptoms subside.
  • Honey – A growing body of scientific and medical evidence is now supporting the use of raw honey, manuka honey, or kanuka honey among rosacea home remedies that help to prevent and treat symptoms. Honey is a natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and has antibacterial properties. Gently apply it to your skin in the affected areas and leave it there for at least 15 minutes before rinsing it away with lukewarm water.

Aside from these popular home remedies that you likely already have in your kitchen, there is one that you may not have but that wouldn’t be difficult to add to your pantry: lavender. The plant is very inexpensive and it smells wonderful. It can be purchased at virtually any garden center and it makes a terrific addition to a kitchen windowsill or a window box that receives a lot of sunlight. The rosacea home remedy using lavender involves clipping a sprig and boil it in a cup of hot water. Chill the liquid and dab it onto your affected skin with a cotton ball to ease inflammation and shrink blood vessels on the face. Repeat twice per week for as long as needed. As in all cases, consult with your doctor or pharmacist first.

The scent of lavender is also calming for many people. Since stress and anxiety can exacerbate rosacea symptoms, a little bit of aromatherapy to help you to keep calm can go a long way for preventing flare-ups and healing those that have occurred. Even without applying it to your skin, having a sprig of fresh lavender in your bedroom at night, or near your work space may help to keep you calm.

Any or all these home remedies have the potential to help you to treat your rosacea symptoms. That said, it’s important to note that every case of the condition is different. Some might work for you, others might not. Patch testing is always recommended before trying a full application of any home remedy.

I really can’t say this enough (but this is the last time for this post, so you can breathe a sigh of relief!):  as is the case with any major changes that you make to your lifestyle, your diet, your fitness routine, or your treatment of a medical condition, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor before you get started, to ensure that they won’t conflict or interact with other treatments or medical conditions that you may have.

Rosacea Skin Care Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Rosacea summer skin care tips

Trying to achieve the right rosacea skin care strategy to stop flare-ups is hard enough, as it is, without the added heat and humidity from the summer months to make the entire process more complicated.

When the mercury starts to rise, don’t let the color in your cheeks rise with it! Instead, use the right strategy to help you to enjoy the summer while keeping the redness, bumps, itchiness, heat, and other rosacea symptoms and discomforts at bay.

Check out the following rosacea skin care tips to keep cool, even when the weather is hot:

  • Keep out of direct sunlight – Exposure to UV rays and the heat that comes with them is one of the most common triggers for flare-ups among all rosacea sufferers. For that reason, stay out of sunlight as much as possible from 10am to 2pm (when the sun is at its hottest), wear a wide brimmed hat, and work on finding a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 but that is gentle enough not to cause a skin reaction. Sit in the shade whenever possible, and use an umbrella to create your own, when there isn’t a big tree handy.
  • Exercise in the morning or evening – Exercise is important to your health, but the temperature combined with physical exertion can make it hard to stop your skin from flushing. If you need to, do several short routines, instead of one long one. Try to work out in the morning or evening, when the temperatures are cooler, or stick to an air conditioned exercise space.
  • Learn your triggers – Take note of the environmental and physical factors that are triggers for your flare-ups and avoid them. This potentially includes foods and topical products, as well as stress and lack of sleep, in addition to weather factors such as sun and wind. By avoiding them, your skin may not be as reactive to heat and humidity.
  • Keep cool – Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing, stay hydrated, chew on ice chips, or even wear a damp scarf or towel around your neck to keep your body temperature down. That way, the weather won’t have as much of an impact on you.
  • Avoid alcohol – It’s true that part of the fun of summer barbecues and parties is in the great cocktails that you get to enjoy, but they are some of the most common rosacea triggers among sufferers. Instead, consider trying a tasty mocktail from the National Rosacea Society (“Beat the Red with These Summer Mocktails”) that you’ll love, that won’t trigger redness, that will keep you hydrated and cool, and that may even help to reduce the risk of flare-ups through their carefully chosen ingredients.
  • Be consistent with rosacea treatments – Whether you are using a prescription medication, a natural rosacea treatment, or light therapy, keep up with what has been working for you on a very regular schedule, every day. One of the best rosacea skin care tips that you’ll ever learn is to discover what works and stick to it. That way, your skin will be less reactive and less likely to be affected by fluctuations in the weather.

Summertime can be a ton of fun, as long as you use the right rosacea skin care tips to keep the redness down. Then you can think about what truly matters: having a great time!

 

Diets Many Rosacea Patients Follow to Reduce Symptoms

drink water for rosaceaAs effective as light therapy has been for my rosacea symptoms control, it’s far from the only thing I do to keep my redness (etc, etc) at bay. One of the areas I’ve found to be very helpful for me is my diet.  This includes both avoiding triggers and eating foods to encourage healthy skin, that have anti-inflammatory properties and that support nutrition as a whole.  This also includes drinking lots of water.

In my humble patient-level opinion, keeping rosacea under control isn’t a matter of a pill or a cream on its own.  Those treatments, like light therapy, can be quite helpful.  However, it takes lifestyle changes for me to really keep my symptoms down.  I talked about the steps I take in an average day in my “A Day in the Rosy Life” blog post a little while ago on my blog site.

That said, what works for me may not be what works for you.  What works for you may not be what works for me. There isn’t one diet that works for all rosacea patients. Therefore, I thought I’d make a bit of a list of the types of diets I know rosacea patients use.  This is far from complete, but it lists some of the structured diets I’ve seen discussed the most in the forums and websites I use to inform myself and where I participate.

rosacea dietThere are a number of different kinds of diet that have been attempted and that many rosacea sufferers swear by.

The following are some of the most common types of rosacea diet strategy.

Please note that this is not medical advice.  It is not meant as a recommendation.  It’s meant to help share information I’ve discovered over the years and that I thought you might find interesting and helpful.  Always talk to your doctor before making major dietary or health changes.

Rosacea Trigger Diet

This isn’t a diet in itself. Instead, it is a means of identifying the food triggers of your rosacea symptoms so that you can minimize or eliminate their consumption in the future. The National Rosacea Society recommends that a diary be kept over time to help to track the foods that are eaten and the symptoms that occur, so that patterns can be identified over time.

rosacea trigger dietThis method takes longer than an elimination diet, but it means that you don’t necessarily have to make any major changes to the foods that you eat unless they are shown to be triggers for your symptoms.

Once triggers are identified, the idea is to keep exposure to them at a minimum so that you won’t cause symptoms to occur as a result of what you eat.

H. Pylori Rosacea Diet

There is a solid body of evidence that indicates that there is a link between rosacea symptoms and an overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori in the digestive system. H. pylori is the bacteria that is often the cause of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach inflammation, some ulcers and gastritis (according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse) and its presence has also been connected with an increased risk of rosacea-prone skin.

h pylori rosacea dietTherefore, many people feel that a diet to reduce or kill H. pylori can help to minimize the symptoms of rosacea as well. This type of diet helps to reduce or heal an infection of that type of bacteria in the stomach lining.

This type of diet involves the consumption of a spectrum of fresh fruits and veggies, particularly those that are high in antioxidants such as vitamins A and C.

Carotenoids are also to be eaten in large quantities. This would involve consuming lots of foods such as carrots, legumes, sweet potatoes, spinach, blueberries, strawberries and broccoli, among others. That said, it if any of those foods are known triggers for rosacea symptoms, they should be skipped.

Flavenoids from cranberries, onions, celery and apples are also to be regularly consumed.

Other foods recommended for this type of rosacea diet include dark leafy greens, sweet peppers, melons and watercress. Lean proteins are preferred over fatty ones.

At the same time, foods that should be avoided on an H. pylori diet include sugary foods (including those made with refined sugar, raw sugar, agave nectar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, maple syrup and others), dairy, chocolate, red meat, pickles, fast food, processed food, excess salt and alcoholic beverages.

Anti-Inflammatory Rosacea Diet

anti-inflammatory rosacea dietAnother potential cause of rosacea symptoms is believed to be certain chronic inflammatory conditions. This includes a broad range of different health concerns that range from heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease and a long list in between. Inflammation is essentially swelling in the body. When the body swells, it produces local heat, redness, swelling and even stinging and/or pain in the affected area.

This helps to explain why the skin of people with inflammatory conditions may be rosacea-prone and why many people choose to follow an anti-inflammatory diet in order to help to correct the symptoms.

An anti-inflammatory diet is essentially made up of an effort to eat foods that are known to help reduce inflammation while avoiding foods that are known to cause inflammation. The main focus of the diet is to provide the body with nutrient dense meals and snacks made up of a lot of variety, for complete nutrition. The main principles of this kind of diet are to eat as much fresh food as possible, to eat a wide variety of foods, to reduce or eliminate fast food and processed foods and to focus primarily on fruits and vegetables. Lots of water is also recommended on this diet.

Bacteria/Fungus/Yeast Overgrowth Rosacea Diet

rosacea candida overgrowth dietSome studies have linked the existence of rosacea symptoms with a bacteria or Candida albicans overgrowth in the small intestine. This has led many people to choose a probiotic rosacea diet to help to boost the “good” flora while pushing out the “bad” flora in the digestive tract.

This type of diet is quite similar to the anti-inflammatory diet. It limits many inflammatory foods such as starches, complex carbs, refined sugars, red meat, saturated fat and other foods that feed harmful gut bacteria.

This diet leans toward nutrient-rich foods such as veggies and fruits that are deeply pigmented. It also encourages the consumption of good sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as chia seeds, flax seeds and wild salmon.

Though you may be inclined to reach for (plain) probiotic yogurt to help to boost the healthful bacteria in your digestive tract, it is recommended that you do this with care as many people find that yogurt (or dairy as a whole) is a rosacea trigger. If this is not the case for you, then it could indeed be helpful.

There is also a considerable amount of controversy over probiotic supplements. It is highly recommended that you speak with your doctor before taking them so that you will take them only if there is a chance that they will help you, and to help you to choose a good quality product over a large number of lower quality options. Natural sources of probiotics from whole foods – kefir, sauerkraut (the refrigerated type, not shelf-stable as the good bacteria has been cooked out), miso, tempeh, high quality dark chocolate, kimchi and kombucha tea –  are always preferable to supplementation, but if you must take supplements, work with your doctor to make sure you do it right.

Other recommendations on this type of rosacea diet include taking apple cider vinegar to help to supplement the stomach acids levels that are usually low among rosacea-prone people, eating bitter foods as they help to boost digestion and avoid spicy foods.

Autoimmune Diet for Rosacea

autoimmune rosacea dietSome research has indicated that people who have certain autoimmune disorders have an increased risk of rosacea. Therefore, if you have rosacea and certain other risk factors for an autoimmune disorder, it may be worth your while to be tested. Among the most common autoimmune disorders linked with rosacea symptoms are Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.

It is important to receive a diagnosis from your doctor before you start a diet specific to an autoimmune condition. That way, you will know that you are taking the right steps to help to reduce your symptoms of that condition as well as of rosacea, without causing other potential health risks in the process.

If you do receive a diagnosis, ask your doctor what you can do in terms of eating the right diet for your condition. If you don’t receive enough information to be able to apply it practically in your life, consider consulting with a nutritionist or dietitian who specializes in that condition. Be sure to let that healthcare professional know that you are also hoping to combat your rosacea symptoms.

Though there may not be a single rosacea diet that is applicable to everyone with this skin disorder, learning more about your health and nutrition, working with your doctor and/or dermatologist, and choosing foods that are appropriate to your unique nutritional needs can go a long way to helping to maintain your health while keeping your rosacea symptoms at bay and to get the most out of your prescription, skin care, light therapy and other efforts you’re making.

 

Rosacea Skin Care in Winter: How to Stop Those Rosy Cheeks!

While winter is known for giving many people a pink-cheeked look when they come in from the cold, those plummeting temperatures and harsh winds can be even harder on your skin when you have rosacea.

Rosacea in Winter | Rosy JulieBC
Rosy JulieBC after walking in -30ºC weather (-22ºF)

Yes, it can look cute when you have rosy cheeks when you just walk in the door from a brisk winter’s day but when the redness doesn’t go away and is joined by tightness, dryness, burning, itching and other unpleasant symptoms, it becomes clear that the right winter skin care for rosacea is a must.

You might have found what works for you in the summertime as you protect your skin from triggers and keep it gently cleansed and moisturized but colder weather typically requires a slight change in rosacea skin care products.

Believe it or not, this is true no matter where you live. Regardless of whether your winters send the mercury well below freezing or whether you live somewhere that remains comparatively mild, it is the difference in temperatures and humidity levels from one time of the year to the next that causes your skin to require different rosacea skin care products.

Wind, cooler temperatures, as well as air conditioning or indoor heating can all wreak havoc on your rosacea symptoms. Humidity, dryness and temperature fluctuations can require an extra layer of protection throughout the winter months. All this, on top of the stress many people feel around the holiday season when there are many different kinds of plans, gatherings, festivities and even just things to wrap up before the year comes to an end, can take its toll.

It also makes it more important to keep up with any treatments you are using, regardless of whether they are prescriptions, natural rosacea treatments or amber or red light therapy or both red and amber light therapy combined.

Winter Rosacea Symptoms Prevention Tips

Here are some great tips to help to keep your rosy cheeks and rosacea symptoms under control this winter:

  • Cold Winter Rosacea Triggers | Rosy JulieBCWhen the weather is extreme, try to stay in as much as possible. Very low temperatures and biting winds will only make things worse, fast. If you must head out, use a ski mask or scarf to keep your face protected.
  • Be aware of your body temperature. It’s easy to get very cold and very hot in a matter of moments in the winter. Stepping inside homes, workplaces and malls while bundled up can rapidly bring on the heat. Heading out the door after being warm inside can strike you with shivers. Layer with loose clothing so you can always adjust how warm or cool you are.
  • Pay attention to fabrics. Many people find their rosacea symptoms flare when they come in contact with certain fibers. One common troublemaker is wool. Take care to know what fibers are coming in contact with your face and watch for trends in irritations and flare-ups.
  • Keep cool while inside. This is especially important when you’re doing things like cooking and baking. These activities feel so normal and everyday that we often forget how warm they can make us. Steam from pots and heat from stoves and ovens can rapidly bring on rosacea flushing. Take breaks from the heat by leaving the room – or at least the spot immediately in front of the oven and stove – whenever you can. Turn on the hood fan or an oscillating fan set on low, to move some of the heat around and keep the temperature within reason.
  • Watch what you eat. Added sugars, salty foods, alcohol and other potential trigger foods abound when it’s nasty outside. This is especially true because hot foods and beverages are the most appealing when you’re trying to beat the winter chills. Try to limit the consumption of these foods as much as possible – if you can get away with a bite, go for that, instead of a whole portion – and try to wait for hot options to cool down a bit before you begin.
  • Keep your stress levels as controlled as possible. Don’t overbook your schedule, complete tasks as early as you can, don’t procrastinate, make a priority of “me time” and stick to a bedtime and waking routine as though your life depended on it. The more relaxed you are, the calmer your skin can be.
  • Maintain an extremely consistent winter rosacea skin care routine. Find the right rosacea skin care products for your unique skin type and symptoms as early as possible and stick to them – along with any treatments you’re using – without any exceptions.
  • Fireplace Rosacea Heat Trigger  |  Rosy JulieBCSit back from the fireplace. Try not to sit too close to any specific heat source as it will only warm and dry your skin, increasing the risk of a flare-up or at least a deeper blush.
  • Consider using a humidifier if your home is especially dry in the winter. If you can’t touch anything metal without getting a shock or if your sweaters and hair are particularly zappy, this may be a sign that a humidifier could help – particularly if it’s run in your bedroom at night while your skin is doing most of its healing.

Consistency with rosacea treatments and skin care as well as avoiding triggers can help you to avoid the vast majority of flare-ups and discomforts.

Winter Rosacea Skin Care Tips

The hardest part of treating your skin during the winter is usually in developing and sticking to your rosacea skin care routine. The first step is to find the right products, which can be a struggle in itself but then you need to stick to it every morning and every evening without fail. No exceptions.

Moreover, for the first two weeks of virtually any rosacea product change, your skin will often flare-up and break out. This makes it very difficult to judge any rosacea skin care products within the first two weeks of use, as things often get worse before they get better. For most people, the key is to keep it simple. Use as few products as possible, choose formulas with very gentle ingredients and avoid most options with promises such as anti-aging, exfoliating and even anti-redness in some situations (as many anti-redness formulations are designed to mask the color without healing the skin underneath, which can actually worsen the situation over time).

Consider the following tips as you create your winter rosacea skin care routine:

  • Morning Rosacea Skin Care Routine | Rosy JulieBCGentle cleansing. Use an extremely gentle rosacea skin care product for cleansing. The goal isn’t to have a “squeaky clean” feeling once you’re done. Instead, the idea is to remove the dirt, unwanted bacteria, product and excess oils while leaving some skin oils in place. Healthy skin does have some oil left on it. You want your skin to be clean, not stripped. In most situations, twice-daily cleansing is all you need.
    A low- or non-foaming, fragrance free, creamy cleanser is the goal. Watch out for alcohols and astringent ingredients as they should typically be avoided. The result should leave a thin film behind that will act as a moisture barrier to lock in this vital hydration.
  • Rosacea treatment. If you are treating your rosacea with a specific prescription or nonprescription topical cream or with amber light therapy and/or red light therapy, now is usually the best time to use it. Treatments are generally best used on a clean face, right after cleansing. That said, be sure to follow the directions of your doctor or dermatologist, or on the product package.
  • Moisturizing. This is best done as close to cleansing as possible. If you are using a treatment, moisturize right afterward (unless the treatment includes the moisturizing or recommends against the application of additional products). If you are not using a treatment, moisturize immediately, when your skin is no longer damp but when it doesn’t yet have that fully dry feeling. An extremely gentle moisturizer is best. In the daytime, it can help if you choose one with an SPF if the sun is one of your triggers.
    In the winter heavier creams, salves and oils are often more effective for preventing rosacea symptoms than the lighter lotions that are typically suited to warmer weather. This is the product most likely to need to be changed as a part of the rosacea skin care routine when moving from one season to the next and is the most likely to require that unpleasant transition period of about two weeks when breakouts and flare-ups can happen. Red light therapy may help to minimize the inflammation that is behind many of those symptoms and amber light therapy can help to calm the skin.

Set up a routine that will be appropriate for following the instructions on all these rosacea skin care products and treatments and stick to it without fail. Your skin loves routine and hates change, so the more you keep up the exact same patterns, the less likely you will be to have breakouts, flare-ups, and other unwanted symptoms.

*Please remember that I’m a rosacea blogger and patient with the condition, but I’m not a doctor.  This is information I’ve compiled based on my own experience, but I’m not a medical professional or a skin care expert.  For an official diagnosis or advice, please make an appointment to see your doctor!

Rosacea Diagnosis: What’s Behind Your Rosy Cheeks?

rosy cheeks rosacea symptomsWhen you continually have a red face that looks as though you have a sunburn that won’t go away, you will likely start to wonder what’s going on with your complexion. This becomes more confusing when those rosy cheeks are accompanied by additional symptoms such as itching, burning, extreme dryness, or little pimples that resemble whiteheads.

Diagnosis of rosacea is becoming increasingly common, but as there is no specific test for this condition, doctors tend to rely on a physical exam of the skin, in combination with a history of your symptoms in order to reach a conclusion with regards to what is afflicting you.

For this reason, misdiagnosis of rosacea is common. It is often assumed to be a form of acne, eczema, psoriasis, or even lupus, as all of those conditions can present with similar types of symptoms. Therefore, if you have been showing symptoms of a red face that just don’t seem to be going away, it’s important that you do speak with your doctor and not simply assume that it is rosacea.

At the same time, this same issue works the other way. Many people with rosacea have been treating their skin for another condition following a misdiagnosis. This can cause symptoms to worsen, or it can allow the condition to progress because it is being improperly controlled.

Please note that this is not medical advice.  It is not meant as a recommendation.  It’s meant to help share information I’ve discovered over the years and that I thought you might find interesting and helpful.  Always talk to your doctor before making major dietary or health changes.

Make an appointment with a doctor

If you think that you may have rosacea because of symptoms of a red face, rosy cheeks, burning, little pimples, or any of the other symptoms of rosacea it is important to speak with a doctor. The diagnosis may be made by your regular physician, or you may need to see a dermatologist.

To prepare for your appointment, you may find that a diary of rosacea symptoms will be a helpful tool. If you record the symptoms that you experience over the days that precede the appointment, you’ll be able to show your doctor the times of day when you experience the most symptoms, the types of things you ate when symptoms occurred, the amount of sunlight to which you were exposed, exercise and physical exertion, and even the amount of stress that you were feeling. This can help to point to certain triggers, which is very helpful for both yourself and the doctor in making a diagnosis and in suggesting rosacea treatments that will work.

There aren’t any screening tools such as blood tests for rosacea, so the most important thing that you can do when you prepare for your first visit to the doctor’s office is to go with a clean and moisturized face. Don’t wear makeup. Observing your skin is one of the primary techniques that a doctor can use to help to decide whether or not your red face is caused by rosacea. If you cover it or change it with makeup, that could mislead your doctor.

At the dermatologist appointment

Your doctor or dermatologist will likely speak with you about your medical history. This may include questions about medical conditions, your skin care routine, mental health issues (as stress and anxiety can be some primary rosacea triggers), lifestyle (such as time spent outdoors in direct sunlight), whether or not your family has a history of rosy cheeks, and even about your menstrual cycle (if you are female, of course).

Some components of a physical exam may also be conducted in order to rule out other potential causes of the symptoms. This will mostly involve a careful skin examination during which the symptoms are carefully observed. At this time, you will likely be asked about other symptoms such as any pain, itching, burning, or stinging that you feel in the red parts of your face.

Receiving a rosacea diagnosis for your rosy cheeks and other symptoms

The actual diagnosis of rosacea should be relatively fast, easy, and painless. This will be even faster if you have taken note of your symptoms and potential triggers, in advance. The reason is that it will help your doctor to more quickly rule out other potential conditions that could be causing the symptoms.

An accurate rosacea diagnosis is key to being able to treat and overcome your red face symptoms and to reduce or eliminate the discomforts associated with this condition, such as burning and stinging. Beginning treatment early on is also important to helping to slow the progression of the condition. While not every rosacea sufferer’s symptoms will worsen over time, many people who have this skin disorder do find that it becomes more severe as the years pass.

Since there are many different components to a rosacea treatment, and it takes some trial and error to discover what will work for each specific individual, an early start is your best advantage. Some of the things that you should expect to have recommended to you include:

  • Dietary changes (to identify and avoid trigger foods and drinks)
  • Sun protection
  • Gentle skin care including proper cleansing and moisturizing
  • A topical product, such as a prescription medication or natural treatment.
  • An oral antibiotic (this is a common first effort to clear symptoms)
  • Avoiding excessive heat and steam (stoves, hot beverages, soups, saunas, hot tubs, etc)
  • Light therapy (LED, LLLT, Laser, etc)

Light therapy is a relatively new type of treatment for red face symptoms, but positive responses over the last decade to treatments involving red light or red combined with other colors of light, have made this a much more common practice. If your doctor or dermatologist does not bring up the topic among the initial forms of treatment for rosacea, don’t hesitate to bring up the subject in order to discuss whether or not it will be appropriate for you and your new skin care routine.

 

What Causes Rosacea and What Cures It?

What Causes Rosacea and What Cures It? - Rosy JulieBC

What Causes Rosacea?

The cause of rosacea symptoms remains unknown. There is evidence that it is:

  • genetic[i],
  • caused by bacteria in mites that occur naturally on all human skin[ii],
  • caused by the same condition as stomach ulcers and several other H. pylori-related digestive issues[iii],
  • linked to underlying chronic inflammatory conditions (such as GERD (gastroesohpageal reflux disorder), as well as other types of inflammation-causing gastrointestinal disorders, hypertension (high blood pressure), female hormone imbalance, urogenital diseases (such as urinary tract infection), inflammatory cytokines, and metabolic, immune and endocrine changes)[iv],
  • connected to certain autoimmune disorders (such as Type I diabetes and celiac disease)[v],
  • an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine[vi],
  • A reaction to the ATP in the body[vii].

There have been several other theories behind the condition, as well, but none have been fully proven.  Moreover, it appears that different people may experience the condition for different reasons, so there may not be a single causes as much as several and they may work in combination with each other.

What is the Cure for Rosacea?

Is there a cure for rosacea?Since the cause of rosacea has yet to be identified, no cure is known, either. No matter what any product sales page or person may tell you, a cure for rosacea does not yet exist.

That said, in the future, any rosacea cures that are developed may be based on the cause of the symptoms for a given sufferer.For instance, if your rosacea is caused by the bacteria H.pylori, then solving that problem could be the cure for you. If, however, you have an underlying autoimmune condition, then it is that problem which will need to be addressed. As of yet, neither the cause(s) or cure(s) have been found.

Therefore, it’s important to look into treatments to reduce the symptoms and work to prevent their return as much as possible.  I talk a great deal about my own strategies to live this Rosy Lifestyle in my Rosacea Blog and my YouTube channel.

To find the best treatment for your rosacea, speak with your doctor about the list of possible causes as well as any triggers you have identified. A systematic approach will be very helpful in finding the fastest road to coping with – and potentially overcoming – your symptoms.

There are many types of conventional and natural rosacea treatments available to help you manage your symptoms.

References

[i] New Study Discovers Genetic Variants May Be Linked to Rosacea http://www.rosacea.org/weblog/new-study-discovers-genetic-variants-may-be-linked-rosacea

[ii] Bacteria in Mites May Cause Rosacea http://www.rosacea.org/rr/2007/summer/article_4.php

[iii] The link between Helicobacter pylori infection and rosacea http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12224687

[iv] Rosacea is associated with chronic systemic diseases in a skin severity-dependent manner: Results of a case-control study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26256428

[v] New Study Discovers Genetic Variants May Be Linked to Rosacea http://www.rosacea.org/weblog/new-study-discovers-genetic-variants-may-be-linked-rosacea

[vi] Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in rosacea: clinical effectiveness of its eradication http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18456568

[vii] Dark Side of ATP May Hold Clues to Cause of Rosacea http://www.rosacea.org/press/archive/20070313.php

*Please remember that I’m a rosacea blogger and patient with the condition, but I’m not a doctor.  This is information I’ve collected online and have received from my doctor, but I’m not a medical professional or a skin care expert.  For an official diagnosis or advice, please make an appointment to see your doctor!

 

What is Rosacea? Rosacea Symptoms & Types [With Pictures & Video]

What is Rosacea? Rosacea Symptoms, Triggers & Causes [With Pictures] - Rosy JulieBC
This is my face in 2015 (summer), back when I’d given up on trying to find a treatment. This isn’t a flare-up. This is how my face looked every day. Flare-ups were worse. It was the “before” picture I took ahead of starting red LED light therapy treatments

I’m not a doctor. I’m a patient

Before I get into describing rosacea, what it is, what it isn’t and so on, I just want to say that I’m not a doctor. I’m not a skin care expert.  I’m a rosacea blogger. I’m a patient.  So the info I’ve put together on this page is meant to share what I have learned about the condition in the way as I understand it.  It’s based on info shared with me through amazing sources such as my doctors, the National Rosacea Society, the Mayo Clinic, and the TalkHealth Partnership’s Rosacea Hub. This is meant for informational purposes only.  Please don’t take my word for it if you want a diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  Visit your doctor 🙂

What is Rosacea?

According to the Medical Dictionary Online, this is the definition of Rosacea:

A cutaneous disorder primarily of convexities of the central part of the Face, such as Forehead; CHEEK; Nose; and Chin. It is characterized by Flushing; Erythema; Edema; Rhinophyma; papules; and ocular symptoms. It may occur at any age but typically after age 30. There are various subtypes of rosacea: Erythematotelangiectatic, papulopustular, phymatous, and ocular (National Rosacea Society’s Expert Committee on the Classification and Staging of Rosacea, J Am Acad Dermatol 2002; 46:584-7).

In more simple terms, rosacea is a skin condition that presents in a number of different ways. The one thing that everyone with rosacea has in common is skin redness in the affected area.

Also called “acne rosacea”, this skin disorder is typically focused on the central part of the face, such as the cheeks and nose, but it can also affect the outer areas, such as at the temples and closer to the ears.

Some of the symptoms of rosacea can include redness, flushing, blushing easily, bumps, skin thickening, and even eye irritation. The symptoms that you experience depend on the subtype that you have.

There are four rosacea subtypes. Virtually everybody who has the condition starts with subtype 1, though there are some who experience other subtypes without the first one. If left untreated, the condition will frequently – though not always – worsen.

Rosacea Symptoms and Subtypes

Each of the subtypes of the condition has its own set of potential rosacea symptoms. Since each case of this skin disorder is unique, your case will have its own unique combination and severity of some or any of these symptoms.
Regardless of subtype, though, some of the most common symptoms of rosacea are:

  • persistent redness
  • very dry skin
  • very sensitive/reactive skin
  • blushing easily
  • sun burning quickly
  • hot/burning skin
  • itchy skin
  • the development of “plaques”, which are patches of very dry skin that vary in size.

Rosacea Subtype 1 – Facial Redness (known as erythema)

Rosacea Subtype 1 – Facial Redness (known as erythema) - Rosy JulieBC

This is usually focused primarily on the nose and/or the cheeks. Redness appears as a blush or reddening of the skin.  This is known as erythema. As this subtype progresses, blood vessels can become visible.

Rosacea Subtype 2 – Bumps and Pimples (known as papulopustular rosacea)

Rosacea Subtype 2 – Bumps and Pimples (known as papulopustular rosacea) - Rosy JulieBC

These bumps can look quite similar to pink pimples or whiteheads (though not blackheads). They are not the same as the pimples caused by acne vulgaris but are the reason that the condition is sometimes known as “acne rosacea”. That name is, unfortunately, quite misleading and will frequently cause sufferers to choose the wrong treatment strategies.

Rosacea Subtype 3 – Skin Thickening (known as rhinophema)

Rosacea Subtype 3 – Skin Thickening (known as rhinophema)

Thickening of the skin among rosacea sufferers most commonly occurs on the nose. It causes the nose to increase in size and will give it a more bulbous appearance. This is known as rhinophema.

Rosacea Subtype 4 – Eye Irritation (known as ocular rosacea)

Rosacea Subtype 4 – Eye Irritation (known as ocular rosacea)
Over time, untreated rosacea symptoms can even progress to the eyelids and eyes, making them feel sandy or itchy in a way that is often compared to seasonal or dust allergies. Eyes will often look bloodshot and/or watery as the redness makes its way into them, as well. This is known as ocular rosacea.

“Acne Rosacea”

Acne rosaceaAlthough the term “acne rosacea” is used as though it is a form of this condition, it is actually a kind of misnomer for subtype 2.

The pimple-like bumps, redness and inflammation from rosacea subtypes 1 and 2 can often be mistaken for acne vulgaris, to the point that many doctors will misdiagnose one condition for the other. However, acne rosacea is not a form of acne. The pimples in subtype 2 are not the result of acne vulgaris.

Many dermatologists are trying to reduce the use of the term “acne rosacea” in the hopes of promoting a greater separation between the two unrelated conditions.

Rosacea Triggers

There are a virtually countless number of potential rosacea triggers and every patient has a different combination that will lead to his or her own symptom flare-ups. That said, according to the National Rosacea Society, some of the most common triggers include the following:

  • sunlight
  • alcohol (especially red wine)
  • spicy foods and beverages
  • hot (temperature) foods and beverages
  • Environmental temperature extremes
  • Humidity
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Anger or embarrassment
  • Hot baths, showers and saunas
  • Strenuous exercise and physical exertion
  • Drugs causing blood vessel dilation (including certain blood pressure medications)
  • Corticosteroids (including prednisone)

To discover which factors may be triggering your rosacea symptoms, it is often recommended that you keep a rosacea diary that allows you to monitor the various influences you are experiencing and track when a flare-up occurs. Identifying patterns and trends is your best route to knowing your rosacea triggers.

*If you think you may have rosacea, it’s very important to seek the help of a professional in order to obtain a diagnosis.  This condition isn’t necessarily easy to diagnose.  Other conditions, such as lupus, certain forms of dermatitis, eczema, and even acne can present with similar symptoms.  I strongly recommend making a doctor’s appointment your first step.  Where you go from there is completely up to you 🙂