What is rosacea and what causes it?
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disease of the face that often occurs between the ages of 30 and 40. The typical redness often occurs on the centre of the face around the nose and cheeks. Those affected know that the inflamed regions of the face have an unpleasant feel.
The causes and possible effects of sudden redness and visible, irritated and enlarged blood vessels are unknown. Oftentimes, it is a genetic condition. However, it could also be a mix of various factors, such as diet.
There are different levels of severity that are distinguished by noticeable redness with dilated blood vessels and other changes in the skin, such as flakiness, swelling or pustules. Men, in particular, may be affected through a typical nodular change in the nose.
If you discover inflamed and reddened areas on the face, where the cause is unknown, it is advised to seek medical advice. Physicians can provide useful tips or, if needed, prescribe medication.
How can rosacea be treated?
The internet is full of advice and tips on how to alleviate rosacea. We recommend exercising caution and test one method after the next to see if any improvements occur.
Oftentimes, one hears or reads that consuming coffee, tea or alcohol, spicy seasoning or direct sunlight can worsen the symptoms of rosacea. However, scientific studies are far and few between.
What may help lessen the burden is incorporating mild products with soothing and anti-inflammatory properties into your daily skincare routine. Yarrow, witch hazel, butcher's broom, calendula, chamomile or stinging nettle have soothing effects that may alleviate the symptoms.
7 Tips for alleviating redness:
- Gentle facial cleanser with lukewarm water - cold or hot water enhances irritation. We recommend using our Cleansing & Detox Oil as well as the 7 Skin Method using the Farewell Rosacea Toner to alleviate redness. Treat your skin in a gentle manner and do not rub it with a towel.
- Avoid cosmetics with unnecessary fillers and additives. Be sure to use high-quality ingredients.
- Avoid irritants: Essential oils are wonderful for our skin. However, some oils stimulate and promote blood flow which may not be the best option to use on skin prone to redness. A great example is mint. Mint has a pampering effect on impurities but might not be the best option for soothing redness.
- Avoid masks that contain exfoliants or fruit acids. Instead, the Farewell Rosacea Mask enriched with butcher's broom that strengthens the vessels and instantly calms redness.
- Sun protection: It is best to avoid direct sunlight and use a protective face oil.
- Less is more: make-up is allowed but is not essential. Be cautious of the ingredients found in foundation and concealer when using it to camouflage redness. We advise not using any product that is not absolutely necessary. Your skin needs a break too.
- Document the days in your calendar when you are feeling particularly good and vice versa. Triggers, such as certain food groups or stress can enhance or lessen the appearance of redness.
DIY aloe vera remedy
Fresh aloe vera can come in handy when the skin suffers severely from redness. We love the nourishing and cooling effect of this gel that instantly and effectively calms redness.
- Apply fresh gel from an aloe vera leaf directly onto reddened areas of the skin. The leaves are available in various organic shops and can be stored in the fridge for a few days.
- Allow the skin to absorb the gel until it has dried then carefully rinse it with lukewarm water.
- You can use the gel twice a day to achieve visible results but be sure to pay attention to how your skin reacts to it. Adjust the frequency thereof accordingly.