My personal inner “skin” demon: Rosacea

I have been suffering from rosacea since my teen years, as I got older my rosacea became progressively worse especially during the summer when heat and humidity tends to make rosacea more aggressive.

By definition rosacea (ro-ZA-she-uh) is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition. It causes redness in your face and produces small, red, pus-filled bumps or pustules. Rosacea signs and symptoms may flare up for a period of weeks to months, and then diminish before flaring up again. Besides acne, rosacea can be mistaken for other skin problems, such as a skin allergy or eczema

Lifestyle and home remedies to help support your rosacea
One of the most important things you can do if you have rosacea is to minimize your exposure to anything that causes a flare-up. Find out what factors affect you so that you can avoid them. Keep a list of things that trigger your flare-ups, and try to avoid them. Here are some suggestions for preventive measures:
  • Wear sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher to protect your face from the sun.
  • Protect your face in the winter with a scarf.
  • Avoid irritating your facial skin by rubbing or touching it too much.
  • Wash problem areas with a gentle cleanser or botanically-based cleansers for sensitive skin.
  • Avoid facial products that contain alcohol or other skin irritants.
  • Self-care, health diet and holistic control measures helps minimize rosacea
  • Use products that are labeled non-comedogenic. These won’t clog your oil and sweat gland openings (pores).
  • If you wear makeup, consider using green- or yellow-tinted prefoundation creams and powders, because they’re designed to counter skin redness.

If you like to get more information on symptoms and treatments on rosacea you can vist The National Rosacea Society at http://www.rosacea.org/index.php

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