Rosacea is a fairly common skin issue that affects nearly 5% of the entire population. It can affect people aging 20 to 40. Normally, it begins in the early teens and then you have to deal with it for the rest of your life unless you make a dramatic lifestyle change or go for a professional Rosacea Treatment. There are many over the counter medicines which claim to treat Rosacea but many doctors suggest that these medicines don’t work.
A Holistic Approach
You must find a doctor who opts for a holistic approach when it comes to treating Rosacea instead of pushing you towards a specific treatment. Here is what you will be required to do:
• Make certain changes to your lifestyle; avoid certain foods and incorporate some others.
• Ask your doctor for certain medications to control the signs and symptoms.
• Treat your allergies; it’s the most important steps when it comes to treating Rosacea.
• Ask you dermatologist to recommend you certain lotions and creams
Signs and Symptoms
A tomato red face is regarded as the most common symptom of Rosacea but there are many other symptoms which people usually neglect. Here are all of the symptoms that you need to look out for:
• Redness on the center of the face; mainly nose and cheeks
• Visibility of broken blood vessels also known as spider veins
• Swelling of the skin and slight tingling sensation in the skin
• Extremely sensitive skin; Notice how your skin reacts to sun, skin care products and sweat
• Extremely dry and itchy skin
• Oily skin and breakouts
• Bumpy skin texture and large pores
• Plaques; also known as raised patches of skin
• Watery eyes; itching, redness and slight pain in the eyes
Note that it’s not necessary for all the symptoms to be present at once. Some people only experience redness of skin combined with one or two more symptoms. It’s important to look out for them and treat the condition before it gets worse.
Foods to Avoid
Food plays an important role when it comes to having a great skin. It is also important to eat healthy as Rosacea can flare up if you eat certain foods. A nutritionist can guide you better in this regard but here is a list of foods you must avoid at all costs;
Allergy Triggering Foods
If you have any kind of food allergies or any allergies, in particular, avoid the foods causing it or triggering it as it can worsen the symptoms of Rosacea as well. The most common foods that trigger allergies are gluten, seafood, dairy and some particular nuts. Get yourself tested and then avoid allergy-causing foods at all costs. Luckily, in this day and age, we have alternatives to everything. Markets are flooded with vegan meat and cheese cakes. Look out for those and you will never miss the old foods
Alcoholic and Caffeinated Beverages
Alcohol is bad for your health and for your skin. If you want an itch free, smooth skin, avoid alcohol. Same goes for coffee and tea. I know they are addicting and you cannot imagine your life without drinking a cup of warm coffee or tea in the morning. But if you are really serious about getting rid of a red, bumpy and itchy skin, you slowly need to part from your bad habits.
Processed Foods are a Big No No!
Processed foods have tons of chemicals and preservatives in them. Sugar and preservatives are the worst things you can put into your body if you are struggling with Rosacea. Limit sugary foods, stick to natural sugars such as fruits and fruit juices. There are plenty of natural sugar alternatives. Try to cook your food at home and refrain from instant noodles and packed sandwiches.
Deep fried foods are unhealthy. No brainer! There is a reason why nutritionists prohibit you from eating a deep fried chicken and fries. It is extremely unhealthy for your immune system; it makes you gain weight, slows down your metabolic rate and flares up Rosacea.
Avoid these foods and you will definitely see a significant improvement in your skin. However, it is important to visit a dermatologist as soon as you began to see the symptoms of Rosacea.