How to Properly Care for Your Rosacea & Red Skin

Generally speaking, each individual will have a somewhat unique set of
guidelines for rosacea skin care because what evokes a rosacea flare-up
for one person may have no significant effect on another. However,
despite the unique nature of this condition for each person, there are
common triggers to avoid and particular guidelines that each patient
should follow.

environmental change is an enemy of rosacea skin. It is not so much the
sun or cold itself which causes the rosacea to flare, it’s the drastic
change that causes the negative reaction in the skin. The skin
essentially “throws a fit” in response to this drastic change. Such
environmental conditions can have a significant effect on rosacea and
can keep a person from ever gaining a hold over their embarrassing
redness. Gaining control is not easy, especially for those who live in
colder climate zones. However, there are precautions a person can take
to help reduce the effects of environment. In colder zones, a simple
face scarf or face mask is very effective in tempering a drastic
temperature change. For those in sunnier zones, high SPF sun lotion and a
hat can keep a person’s face cool, along with a little dab of water.
Some find aloe to be a great benefit as well.

In addition to
external environment, emotional factors are part of the equation of
rosacea skin care. If you are prone to emotional situations or are in a
stressful environment, this can cause a drastic change on your blood
pressure and hormonal levels. Again, just as drastic changes externally
can have an adverse effect on your skin, so also can an internal change
cause facial redness. Avoid such situations, if at all possible, either
by removing yourself from these situations, or by learning inward mental
skills to deal with these stressers. Consultation with your physican is
important in any case.

Just as emotional states can have an
effect internally, so can diet. As an example, alcohol consumption can
cause your rosacea to a flare-up in response to the drastic changes in
blood chemistry. In addition to the direct alcohol content in the blood,
the liver also produces certain enzymes and proteins that can be
released or inhibited according to alcohol levels. These drastic changes
in blood chemistry have a bearing on rosacea skin and can cause
flare-ups to occur.

Just as alcohol can cause blood chemistry to
change, so can spicy or otherwise exotic foods. As you can probably
guess, spicy foods release adrenaline into the bloodstream and causes
the skin to sweat – another drastic change that triggers rosacea. For
some, even milk can cause flare-ups because of the hormones introduced
into the bloodstream. It is recommended that you cut your diet to simple
bland foods, such as rice and beans, and add other foods in time to
test what may cause your skin to react negatively. This can be a long
process but is vital to gain control – to know your boundaries.

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