Rosacea is a progressive, inflammatory vascular skin condition which appears to be on the increase in Ireland.
It is a chronic condition which tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose and is characterised by redness, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and pus-filled spots.
Many women who have rosacea may just assume they have very sensitive skin that blushes or flushes easily. However, it is much more serious than that.
Rosacea is characterised by four stages of severity:
This stage typically begins as redness on the centre of the face across the cheeks, nose or forehead. The skin can become so sensitive that a burning sensation may occur when cosmetics or creams are applied.
This stage occurs when small blood vessels appear on the nose and the cheeks, appearing as small red lines. Small red and watery bumps often become visible at this stage.
At stage three, in addition to the redness, small red bumps containing pus may appear and persist, Nodules appear in the skin and it may become very painful. This can spread across the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. Eyes could also be affected in stage three with an itching and burning sensation.
The final stage, is a very serious condition that needs to be brought quickly under control as it could lead to the loss of vision. The symptoms (in conjunction with rosacea) are severe irritation in the eyes, light sensitivity, a decrease in visual ability and an obvious inflammation of the lids.
Although there is no overnight cure for rosacea, it can be treated and controlled.
Treatments tend to be more effective the earlier they commence.
A visit to a doctor or dermatologist, who may recommend prescribed medication to control the condition, along with guidance on diet, nutrition and advice on a good skincare routine using organic skincare products is essential.
Triggers that cause the condition to worsen are:
- Stress and fatigue
- Cardiovascular exercise
- Using incorrect skincare products
- Exposure to temperature extremes
- Heat from sunlight and sauna
- Comedogenic skin and make up products
- Witch hazel
- Eucalyptus oil
- Oil based cream
- Artificial fragrances
Research has shown that poor digestive systems, low stomach acid and deficiencies in vitamin B can also worsen the condition.
Introducing a probiotic into the diet will increase the natural flora throughout the system. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.
Daily intake of antioxidants and vitamin B complex will support the immune and central nervous system.
It is also very important that food is chewed very well.
Another very effective treatment is a home care oatmeal face mask.
Organic oatmeal is placed in a muslin cloth and put gently on the face.
I recommend clients to put the oatmeal in the fridge an hour before application which instantly soothes the skin.
Leave the application on the skin for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove and massage any remaining product into the skin.
Repeat 2 to 3 times weekly.