Rosacea Diet

Rosacea Diet
Rosacea Diet
Rosacea Diet

Unfortunately there isn’t a cure for rosacea yet, and rosacea sufferers need to rely on a mixture of dietary measures, creams, drugs, moisturizers and behavior modification to stop rosacea from flaring up. But what exactly is a rosacea diet?

A rosacea diet is one that voids certain foods and embraces others to reduce the frequency of rosacea flareups. With some careful planning of your diet it’s actually very easy to modify what you eat and drink and see a noticeable change in the quality of your skin.

Rosacea affects an estimated 15 million people in the world, so you are not alone! There are a number of support forums (including the one on this website) so if you have any questions on the material below, feel free to ask. Chances are someone has already had the same question previously.

No one actually knows what causes rosacea but some theories include bacteria, stomach problems or a defect in the tissue on the face. Despite this, by following some simple steps you can make your rosacea disappear.

One of the keys in a rosacea diet is the use of water and alkaline drinks. You should try to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day, which not only keeps you feeling fresh and hydrated, but is known to reduce the severity of rosacea. An additional benefit is that you will see your eyes looking clearer and brighter as well as your stomach and digestive system feeling better. Some specialists have said that alkaline drinks such as carrot juice, spinach and so on can help lower the acidity in your body, adding to overall health and helping combat rosacea.

There are some foods that you should avoid. Number 1 in those is spicy foods! Anything with lots of chilli, spices and hot sauce should be avoided as rosacea sufferers over the years have found a link between those kinds of foods and rosacea episodes. If you love spicy foods you can use a process of elimination to see if you really need them. Follow all of the rosacea diet tips in this article, until your flareups reduce, then re-introduce spicy food and see if it is a trigger for you.

Unfortunately for people who like a tipple, alcohol is known to be a cause for rosacea flareups. You can still enjoy the occaisional drink, but avoid overdoing it, any more than 4 drinks and you are at risk of bringing on a rosacea flareup.

The next part of the rosacea diet is tricky because it involves proteins in general. Some people have noted that dairy food, meat, and eggs are capable of causing a flareup. It is one reason why some rosacea sufferers become vegetarians. Once they remove a few proteins or lower the intake of some proteins they have seen an improvement so went vegetarian. To test this, it is recommended that you try a month of very low intake of meat, dairy and eggs and see if a noticeable change occurs.

Rosacea sufferers have reported that the protein issue is not as important as the previous three (lots of water, avoid spicy food, avoid alcohol). So many people with rosacea enjoy a moderate level of meat/dairy/eggs in their diet but have cured their rosacea with lots of water, no spicy food and low or no alcohol in their diet.

The key is to be very analytical about it. Keep a journal and jot down your diet and the frequency of outbreaks to see if a causation can be spotted. With some of these major irritants it is best to get off them completely for a month and see what effect it has on your skin, then reintroduce slowly to see what happens. Also the water rule always applies! Get drinking, it will help your rosacea and also improve your overall health.

Makeup for Rosacea

Makeup for Rosacea
Makeup for Rosacea
Makeup for Rosacea

There are numerous tactics for the rosacea sufferer to combat their rosaca. However flareups are almost inevitable because at some stage you might drink too much alcohol or miss your daily facial cleansing routine, over exercise or be exposed to very hot or cold conditions. There are many things you cannot entirely control, also you might just have a bad day and the emotional stress could trigger a rosacea breakout!

Well in those cases you can use makeup to reduce the visible redness and blemishes on your skin. Most dermatologists tell rosacea sufferers to be very careful when choosing makup and to avoid continual use of makeup to hide the problem. Generally it is best to take control of your rosacea with dietary modifications, avoiding extreme heat/cold, finding a medication that works for you and only using makeup to cover rosacea when you have had an unavoidable rosacea episode.

Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing the appropriate makeup to help disguise rosacea symptoms.

Here is what to avoid:
Avoid perfumed cosmetics. Generally heavily perfumed cosmetics have more additives and chemicals and may be more caustic to the skin. Prolonged use of heavily perfumed cosmetics can actually increase the number and severity of rosacea breakouts!

Avoid products with lots of ingredients. Products which have a large number of ingredients are more likely to irritate your skin. Look for simple and effective products, they are less likely to irritate your skin.

Avoid alcohol and oil based products. Oil and alcohol are sometimes present in cosmetics and sometimes can cause a flare in sensitive rosacea prone skin. That includes anything that strips your natural oil out of your skin. Examples of those kinds of products are Witch Hazel, Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol. These products are too harsh for your skin and many cosmetics and cleansers contain them.

Also avoid anything that is designed to tighten up the skin and stip those natural oils – that includes astringents and many exfoliating products. When you treat your skin harshly a breakout is inevitable.

So that’s is a short list of what to avoid when selecting cosmetics for your skin, but what should you try to use?

You are basically looking for products which have a small number of ingredients! If the list of ingredients doesn’t include oils, astringents, alcohol and numerous additives, generally it has a better chance of being usable and not irritating your rosacea.

When you try a cosmetic out, test it on a part of your body where no one will see it. Don’t go slapping it on your face immediately, because sometimes all it takes is a single ingredient in a product to cause a breakout. If you get a sign of a breakout, give the product to one of your friends!

Some rosacea sufferers claim that organic products (without chemicals) have less chance of irritating your skin. Also don’t use too many products on your skin at once – they can actually react with each other. So a moisturizer might have ingredients that make your concealer irritate your skin. Keep it simple!

For more information about makeup for rosacea, check out the rosacea forums!

IPL for Rosacea common myths!

IPL treatment for Rosacea
IPL treatment for Rosacea
IPL treatment for Rosacea

IPL treatments for rosaca have been so popular in recent years that a lot of long term rosacea sufferers have been excited by the possibilities. However because they are so popular and discussed frequently, a lot of myths have spread about the actual procedure itself.

This article is designed to shut down some of those myths about IPL treatments for rosacea.

Myth: IPL for Rosacea will cure my rosacea forever!

Unfortunately, no. The treatment can clear up the redness and thickening, that much is true, as well as clear up pustules on the skin. However rosacea is a chronic condition, meaning that there isn’t a cure and you may require additional IPL treatments in the future. It is also advisable to continue other courses of action to combat your rosacea, such as a good diet, medication and the right skincare products.

Myth: The IPL treatment for rosacea is very painful and can only work for some people.

No, the treatment is not very painful. There may be some mild discomfort during the procedure itself, but not enough to even warrant an aspirin. Laser treatments for rosacea have proven to be effective on all skin types and stages of rosacea.

Myth: IPL treatment for Rosacea is a new development in medical technology so can’t be trusted!

Doctors have been using IPL treatments for all kinds of skin types for about 30 years now. If anything, with the new machines it is safer than ever to get IPL done to help with your rosacea.

Myth: IPL rosacea treatment will fix me immediately!

In most cases you will need to have multiple trips to the clinic. Most rosacea sufferers see great results after 3-6 trips to the specialist. However that varies depending upon your skin type and the stage of rosacea you are experiencing. In fact your face may be redder after the IPL treatment. So don’t be disheartened when you first get it and see yourself redder in the mirror, that is only a temporary side effect.

Myth: Rosacea uses the same IPL treatment as acne

No, there are specialized settings and machines for rosacea. When you find a specialist, it is crucial to find one who has had experience treating rosacea. There are 2 common types of lasers used in the procedure and a beautician might not even have those settings on her machine. It is best to find a qualified dermatologist so you know you are getting the right treatment for certain.

IPL for Rosacea

IPL Machine for Rosacea
IPL Machine for Rosacea
IPL Machine for Rosacea

Intense Pulse Light, commonly abbreviated as IPL, is a relatively new technology which uses lasers to treat skin conditions such as Rosacea. It has become popular in the last few years as many rosacea sufferers have had success in reducing their redness through IPL treatments. As there is no cure for rosacea yet, most people are forced to seek ways to reduce the symptoms of the condition, IPL being one of the most successful.

The IPL laser produces a single wavelength of focused light (a laser beam) that can be used at different intensities for different effects. Anything from repairing damaged blood vessels (a common effect of rosacea) to hair removal and the removal of dark spots (pigmentation) on the skin. It can even be used for the removal of lasers, so it really is a machine of many uses.

Some patients have experienced remarkable success with the use of IPL to reduce the redness in their face, while others claim only moderate success. There are names on the various types of IPL treatment procedures and programs.

Focussing the laser on veins in the face can reduce their swelling and therefore the overall redness seen on a patients face.

One of the problems with rosacea is that people often see a sufferer as somehow unhealthy and perhaps a heavy drinker, when the condition can occur in the healthiest of individuals and there are only a few options they can use to reduce symptoms.

When doing an IPL program often there are skin care products that need to be used in conjunction with the treatment to obtain the best effects. One such product is Rosasol, which is used to reduce inflammation. Immediately after the treatment your face may be more flushed but that calms down fairly quickly and the end results are usually seen after 4-5 treatments.

IPL is also very useful for repairing sun damage including unsightly sun spots on the face. Many rosacea sufferers use the treatment to get sun damage on their face repaired at the same time as a general redness reduction.

However it should be noted that despite IPL being a very effective treatment of rosacea, it should be used in conjunction with other techniques such as – avoiding hot/cold temperature, avoiding alcohol, avoiding spicy foods, getting a healthy overall diet, drinking plenty of water and so on.

Cosmetics for Rosacea

Makeup for Rosacea
Makeup for Rosacea
Makeup for Rosacea

Rosacea can be a very embarrassing condition, having a bright red face and unsightly pustules sometimes can make you feel less confident in social situations and in public.

Sometimes if you havea breakout, you can “cover up” the problem with smart use of cosmetics. However there are a number of considerations when choosing which type and brand of cosmetic to use and how to apply the cosmetic to cover your Rosacea. Some cosmetics can actually irritate your skin, further exacerbating your rosacea – the last thing you want to happen!

What all dermatologists agree on is that you need to start with well prepared skin before adding any makeup. That means your skin should be clean and moisturized. You need to choose from one of the many types of moisturizer which rosacea sufferers have found to work (check the rosacea forums or one of the other articles in the rosacea blog). Use only very gentle cleaners and moisturizers.

One of the keys with skin products for rosacea sufferers is to find ones without too many ingredients, especially strange chemical additives, as they frequently increase the chances of adverse skin reactions. Preferably find simple products that do more than one job – for example a moisturizer that also provides some protection from the sun allows you to use one product instead of a moisturizer and a sunscreen product. Avoiding the damaging sun is essential for people afflicted with rosacea. It is best to limit the number of products on your skin, not only to limit the number of variables but to reduce the chance of products reacting with each other.

Test any new products on a patch of skin other than your face. There is a chance the product could irritate your skin in general (not just your rosacea). Testing it on your belly or leg will give you an indication if your skin type can tolerate the ingredients of the product.

Avoid foundations and concealers that have oil in them, as it has been known to irritate the skin of rosacea sufferers. Mineral makeup is useful because it generally has fewer ingredients and can be applied easily with a brush.

If you do use a brush, make sure you clean it regularly as they can become a home to bacteria that can irritate your skin.

The same rule of thumb goes for eye makeup – try to use mineral eyeshadow and lightly brush it on. Anything that goes on your face needs to be tested elsewhere on the body first, even eyeshadow. Neutral shades tend to have less pigment which some people report means less chance of irritation.

Those neutral colors tend to work better for people with facial flushing associated with rosacea. Look for organic makeup as it also has less chance of irritating your skin. So keep it simple – use less products with limited ingredients and nothing with strong pigments and you are off to a great start!

8 most common Rosacea symptoms

The earlier you can detect rosacea, the quicker you can begin to treat the problem and modify your behavior. Unfortunately many people don’t realise that they have rosacea until they have had it for a few years and permanently damaged their skin.

Because rosacea is a vascular disorder, if you ignore it your face will become redder and you can damage the veins on your face, leaving permanent marks. Because rosacea usually exhibits on a person’s face first it is easily noticed by people who are familiar with the condition, but for those who have never heard of rosacea before, they can go for years without a proper diagnosis.

Here are the top 8 signs that you may have Rosacea:

  • Your face is flushed
    Facial redness is a give away that you may have rosacea. If your face has remained red for a long period (usually starting with the cheeks) you have the most common symptom of rosacea.
  • Broken blood vessels
    If you look at the skin on your face very closely and notice that you have broken blood vessels and blood vessels that look dilated (larger than usual and very red), that is another sign you may have rosacea. This part of the condition is called Telangiectasia.
  • Your skin changes to red quickly
    If you notice that sudden changes in temperature such as walking from a warm room to a cold room cause your face to go red, that is another sign you may have rosacea. That is called skin hyper activity, and can also be triggered by all kinds of stimulus including spicy food and alcohol.
  • Bumps on your skin
    This one is tricky because common acne can also cause various bumps on your skin. But if you are suddenly experiencing redness AND bumps, then it may very well be rosacea.
  • Facial pustules
    Pustules are the next step up from lumps and bumps and are white spots similar to pimples. A dermatologist can differentiate bewteen pimples and pustules but it’s hard for the ordinary person to do so.
  • Facial Burning
    If your skin feels overly hot it is because the pain nerves of your skin have been activated by increased blood flow to your face. This sign is usually a late stage symptom, so it’s not common in people who have just started having facial flushing.
  • Facial Swelling
    If the skin on your face feels puffy, it can be a result of rosacea. It is caused by fluids leaking out of enlarged blood vessels in the face.
  • Problems with your eyes
    Many people who suffer from rosacea experience ocular problems such as blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelash folicles). Frequently people who experience ocular rosacea may find themselves getting eye infections, having itchy eyes, having dry eyes or bloodshot eyes. Ocular rosacea can lead to complications so it is more serious and you may benefit from talking to an opthamologist.

What is Rosacea?

Woman with Rosacea

Woman with Rosacea
Woman with Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition which is most identifiable by facial flushing (redness).  Pustules (pimples) can also occur from Rosacea.  The condition usually affects the face, but can spread to the body and sufferers can run into problems if it begins to affect the skin around the eyes – known as ocular rosacea.

It is typically a harmless condition in terms of overall health, but it can be very distressing for the sufferer in emotional terms, with many afflicted with Rosacea also suffering from depression and shyness.

Rosacea initially appears as a general redness in the face that does not go away.  Eventually pustules can appear, which are similar in appearance to pimples.  In addition as the condition progresses, red lines and bumps can appear commonly affecting the nose.  Quite often rosacea can be confused with acne because of the presence of pustules.

The condition does not usually present until a person is over 30 years of age and women are more likely to be afflicted.  The condition is also more prevalent in people of European descent and has been called the “curse of the celts” in Ireland and Britain.

Rosacea can be triggered by certain kinds of food, beverages, emotions, temperature and medications.  Sufferers are typically told to stay away from extremely hot and cold climates, which tend to trigger breakouts of pustules and facial redness.  Spicy foods, chocolate, cheese, alcohol and caffeine are also said to trigger breakouts.

One of the worst parts for Rosace sufferers is that stress can make a breakout worse – so as they become more stressed about their facial redness and pustules, it becomes worse.

Rosacea sufferers often keep a journal to record details of “breakouts” and what happened to make that breakout occur – a new food, a particularly emotional day and so on.

Researchers are still trying to ascertain the exact cause of the condition, but there are many treatments available for rosacea sufferers.  They do know it is a complex condition, involving the nervous system and skin.

The best way to determine if you have rosacea is to visit your doctor and possibly a dermatologist (skin specialist).  The early you are diagnosed, the better you can handle breakouts and find the right combination of medication, skin care products to help combat the problem.

Some triggers like the weather are harder to avoid, but dietary changes can help avoid the worse parts of Rosacea.  Drinking plenty of water is said to be of great help to people with rosacea.

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