7 Rosacea Prevention Tips
Posted on 05 June 2016 by Maryanne Johnson
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If you suffer from rosacea, it has an insidious nature, sneaking up on you when you least expect it.
“One has to have this disease to appreciate how devastating it can be,” said Anthony, a Detroit resident who spoke about his disease on the Rosacea Research Foundation website. “I don't have a life anymore because of rosacea. I am continually avoiding situations, foods and environments. I now have social phobia due to my disease. I was not always like this. I used to like being around other people and going places. But it is very hard when you have to control everything you do, eat, and the temperature of the environment that you are in.”
Rosacea breakouts can be as mild as red, itchy skin, or as serious as inflamed burning skin with painful pustules that are sensitive to touch. The disease can also cause skin, especially the skin of the nose to swell, and for those who have it, the pain and embarrassment is all too real.
What Causes Rosacea?
While experts have yet to zero in on the exact cause of this misdiagnosed disease that impacts 1 in 20 people, theories range from an imbalance of gut bacteria to abnormal blood vessels and skin mites.
Many times, sufferers visit their doctors and leave armed with advice that doesn’t work.
“I have lost hope as the countless physicians and dermatologists cannot do anything for me,” said Steve, who lives in Nebraska.
So What is a Rosacea Sufferer To Do?
While avoiding rosacea triggers sounds like little more than words – “When physicians blurt out those three dreaded words, avoid all triggers, they don't understand what that means to a rosacea sufferer. In my case, it means not going outside in the sun, it means not baking or cooking in the oven, it means not getting emotional, both happiness or sadness. It means not exercising or eating hot or spicy foods. It means not making love to my husband,” said Sally, a California woman who has suffered from rosacea for 11 years - there are things you can do to keep your rosacea in check and restore your life.
Rosacea Guidelines to Help Keep It in Check
1. Follow a rosacea-friendly diet. While there is not a specific rosacea diet, eating well can help prevent flare-ups. According to many former rosacea sufferers, choosing a Paleo diet – which includes lean protein, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and eschews grains, legumes and dairy – erased their rosacea completely.
“Adapting to a high-fat/lower carbohydrate, Paleo way of eating has pretty much, if not entirely, cured me of my rosacea,” said a contributor to the health-focused website Mark’s Daily Apple.
Because the diet is gluten-free, is doesn’t trigger an autoimmune response, which some believe is related to the cause of rosacea.
2. Stay protected from the sun. Using a sunscreen that doesn’t cause flare-ups is essential, though it may take some experimentation to find one that doesn’t further exacerbate the debilitating condition. Avoid the sun as best you can, and stay in the shade to avoid flare-ups.
3. Find a gentle cleanser. Ask your dermatologist to recommend something that is less likely to irritate tender, broken skin.
4. Skip trigger foods. While it might seem like you’re depriving yourself by avoiding spicy foods or hot beverages, determining what foods are safe to eat – and which ones cause triggers – will make it easier to navigate the grocery store, restaurants or dinner parties. Don’t think of it as being deprived, think of it as eating to live, happily and healthily.
5. Keep your cool. Not only can temperature changes set off rosacea flares – “As my rosacea has gotten worse, warm rooms, malls, restaurants, gyms, and cars have started to cause flares,” said Ontario resident Sam – stress can also cause rosacea breakouts.
“I chose to quit my job and work at home for less money so that I would have less stress,” said Oregon resident Patty, who has contemplated suicide because her rosacea has disrupted her life so much. “I constantly worry about getting a flare, and I never want to do anything anymore.”
Wear light layers, skip hot baths and showers and find ways to eliminate or reduce daily stress, including meditation, journaling and therapy. Exercise if you are able to do so without triggering an outbreak.
6. Choose the right cosmetics. Look for products designed for sensitive skin or those that offer natural botanicals. Those with irritating chemicals can ravage delicate skin.
7. Find a healing lotion or cream. Our Organic Rosacea Cream, called Rosarid, contains gentle ingredients that help soothe, cool and heal skin. The creams 15 organic ingredients including aloe, cucumber extract, chamomile, lightweight moisturizers that go beneath the skin’s surface to help skin heal and repair itself, shea, jojoba, avocado, grape seed and green tea to provide the power of antioxidants.
For more information or to order, take a look at RosaRid here.