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All About Natural Treatments for Rosacea

Rosy cheeksRosy cheeks – the primary goal women would want to attain. It is the primary reason why you put on varying colors of blush-on on your cheeks. Rosacea, though, is another story.

You may be flaunting extremely red cheeks, but there’s another side of the coin that needs to be flipped.

Rosacea is a common skin disorder affecting more than 45 million clients worldwide. It is chronic. It is progressive. And it is characterized by periods of remission and relapse.

The primary symptoms of rosacea involve reddening of the cheeks which may be accompanied by skin flushing and pus-filled pustules. It is often under-treated, as it is commonly misdiagnosed for an acne exacerbation.

This type of disorder is common among fair-skinned women between 30 to 60 years old. For those who have family history of rosacea, they are highly prone to develop the same disorder.

Medical consult is the only way that you can resort to for proper evaluation and rosacea treatment. The thing is, it isn’t curable. However, you can allay symptoms (with proper lifestyle modifications and religious taking in of medications).

And here are some alternative remedies that might help you keep rosacea off your radar for quite some time.

  • Chrysanthemum Indicum. This herb is commonly found in many commercially produced creams in the market. According to studies conducted, these compounds strengthen the capillaries of the body. This might prevent skin flushing and undue redness.

PROOF: A clinical trial of 246 respondents diagnosed with the disorder showed relief upon 12-week usage of these herbs.

  • Green Tea. More than weight loss, green tea extracts are found to be very helpful in relieving rosacea symptoms. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology involving 60 women aged 25 to 50 years old suffering from either skin redness of dilation of the blood vessels, there was a significant decrease in pustules and redness after a 4-week treatment with creams containing green tea.
  • Azelaic Acid. Found mainly in grains (rye, barley and wheat), azelaic acid is a popular compound among many cosmetic products (especially those targeting acne). This acid is highly renowned for its antimicrobial abilities – stalls bacterial growth and decreases redness and papule formation.
  • Licorice. Use of licorice on rosacea-diagnosed clients is supported by a study conducted on 62 clients experiencing severe facial redness or flushing. After a 4- to 8- week treatment period, respondents reported a significant decrease in facial flushing.
  • Niacinamide. A derivative of Vitamin B3, it widely used by many clients to improve skin integrity by boosting the skin’s barrier and keeping the skin moisturized. Additionally, it is an effective anti-inflammatory treatment which can do away with facial redness and undue inflammation.

PROOF: A study conducted for a period of 4 weeks with respondents applying niacin-based creams showed significant improvement in skin integrity after the given time frame.

There is no single or best treatment to cure rosacea as a disorder. But there are more than enough treatments to help you keep the exacerbation at bay.

Rosacea Triggers: Knowing What to Avoid

Rosacea isn’t a temporary disorder. It is characterized by chronic and recurrent facial flushing which is exacerbated by certain factors such as sun exposure and stress.

It is accompanied by pustules and large bumps on the T-zone area of your face. It can be seriously irritating and it can clearly be undertreated.

Affecting almost 45 million individuals worldwide, you may be a victim of this disorder. Since it highly resembles an exacerbated form of acne, it is under diagnosed most of the time.

It takes a vigilant expert to evaluate and diagnose you correctly. Since there is no specific diagnostic which can detect rosacea, diagnosis is highly dependent on your doctor’s clinical eye, history taking and on your presented signs and symptoms.

The clinical picture of rosacea is typified by periods of remissions and relapses. There are periods that you won’t exhibit symptoms, and some periods that you would.

Fact is, rosacea is not curable. There is no rosacea treatment that can relieve you with the disorder. However, you can always allay the symptoms. And the best way to do that is to steer clear of possible triggers.

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Rosacea has no exact etiology or cause. Experts believed that aside from genetics and heredity, you can contract the disease because of several interlinking factors.

The triggers are the factors which experts associate exacerbations with. These variables, though the mechanism is unknown still, might stimulate development of rosacea in clients without the disorder and exacerbation in diagnosed ones.

NUMBERING TRIGGERS

According to the National Rosacea Society (the largest support group for rosacea-diagnosed clients), the following are the most common environmental factors that you must avoid.

  • Women and sunSun exposure – this would include intentional or unintentional sun exposure.

What can you do? Keep a hat on or an umbrella over your head. Invest on a worthy sunscreen, and do keep it on when you’re outdoors. If possible steer clear of time periods when the sun is up high (that’s about 10am to 3pm).

  • Changes and/or extremes in weather – if there are sudden changes in weather; be sensitive to your body, and adapt to how it adapts.
  • Stress – in whatever form can trigger exacerbation.

What can you do? Learn to manage your time and to set priorities. If you have underlying medical conditions, do pay your doctor a regular visit. Keep things light. Rest well. And sleep much. Keep a healthy interactive social life. Being a downer will do you no good.

  • Strenuous activities – any type of activity that warrants exertion of too much effort must be avoided.

What can you do? Rather than lifting weights or pushing ups, why not try on Taichi or yoga classes. If you like something a bit active, you can probably do dancing lessons or simple treadmill runs.

  • Certain skin products – usually those that contain salicylic acid, menthol, pepper or alcohol are products that can irritate the skin and cause exacerbation.

What can you do? Read labels. Seek advice from a medical expert and be cautious of what you’re using.