Living With Rosacea

Hello there folks,

Today I’m going to talk about one of the most common skin conditions there is, Rosacea. 

What is it?
It often starts with periods of flushing, when your skin turns red.  Then other symptoms may appear as it progresses.

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*Permanent redness, *Burning/Stinging sensation, *Spots, *Small blood vessels within the skin becoming visible, *Raised red patches, *Sensitive Skin, *Dry Rough Skin, *Gritty dry eyes & persistent redness burning,

The exact cause is unknown but there are a number of possibilities or triggers which irritate easily.  It’s advisable to patch test new products to avoid an outbreak.

Here are some known Triggers:

*Exposure to sunlight, *Certain Medicines, *Other medical conditions, *Stress,  *Dairy Products, *Hot/cold weather, *Menopause, *Caffeine, *Strong winds, *Strenuous exercise, *Humidity, *Hot drinks, *Spicy foods, *Hot baths,  *Alcohol

What can we do?

Like I mentioned, many people that have rosacea will notice certain things that trigger it.  Granted taking steps to try & avoid all triggers mightn’t always be practical or indeed possible. Perhaps keep a diary, jotting down any flare ups & what creams or cosmetics you were using at the time. Also if you were eating or drinking anything that could have aided it.  This might help reduce the frequency & severity of your symptoms

Sun

We’re not vampires so avoiding the sun completely is impossible but we can use sun creams with a high SPF of 30 or more, Try using ones specifically designed for children. Then cover up with clothing or a hat when possible.

Stress

Again stress is another inevitability in life, but it’s how we learn to cope & deal with it that matters. How about learning relaxation techniques, yoga, deep breathing exercises or meditation? I have an app on my phone of relaxing sounds.
Although regarding exercise keep in mind strenuous work outs can in some cases aggravate the rosacea so something low intensity like walking or giving your house a good clean will do the job.

Food & Drink

The most common food & drink related triggers are alcohol & spicy foods. Like I mentioned before, keep track of what you’re ingesting to help weed out what your food & drink triggers are.

Cold Weather

Covering up your nose & face with a scarf is a good way to avoid the crisp burning sensation of a cold wind that could trigger an outbreak.  But if you’re going to be outside for longer periods of time then perhaps invest in a balaclava, there are plenty of bright coloured & stylish ones available these days so don’t be worrying about looking like a burglar.

Skincare Techniques

Try & remember to be ever so gentle when cleaning your skin, or applying creams.  Look for products that are designed for sensitive skin.  Use a non abrasive cleanser that’s unscented & non alkaline.  Also creams & moisturisers that are hypoallergenic & comedogenic (don’t block your pores) soap & alcohol free & that have a neutral pH.
Read the labels carefully & avoid these following ingredients also: alcohol, menthol, lanolin, peppermint, clove oil, camphor, eucalyptus oil & saudium lauryl sulphate.
I know that’s a mouthful & alot to remember but you can easily copy & paste into your search engine & see what creams it suggests?
It’s really worth being aware of these known triggers so you can avoid the physical symptoms they will cause you.

~ Make sure you rinse your face with lukewarm water, (too hot & it might agitate your skin.) & allow to fully dry before applying anything else.

~ If you feel your skin is getting sore then apply a moisturiser to help soothe it.

~ Avoid oil based & waterproof makeup because these require alot of rubbing to remove.  Stick with water based ones.

Treatments

There are topical treatments, oral antibiotics, medicines & even laser pulsed light treatments, all of which you can discuss in detail with your GP. Alas there’s no definitive cure.  But if you keep a close eye on your triggers, document changes & cut out what you think may be aggravating your skin you can definitely keep on top of it.

MakeUp

Ceremides & glycerin are friendly ingredients to rosacea sufferers, so keep an eye out for these when purchasing cosmetics & creams. Using a yellow base under your foundation will help cancel out & reduce the red appearance.  I swear by mineral makeup, it’s so light & easy to apply & gives great coverage.  Make sure you use a clean blush to apply it to avoid any bacteria being transferred to the skin.

If you have any tips of your own that have worked for you please comment below & spread your knowledge.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

~ LoVe & HuGs ~

*MaRia*

xO

(*Image taken from Google)

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Hey there folks!

As I mentioned in a previous post I’d been on annual leave the previous 9 days. I got into a bad routine of sitting up later & later each night watching films I’d seen countless times before until silly o’clock. My body clock was well & truely out of sync.

Last night I didn’t sleep a wink, not a one. As you’d imagine today has been a long & tiring one, but it was the pain in my eyes that was the real kicker. They were throbbing & bloodshot. Seeing as I was at work there was no magical fix I could go & procure from the shop or chemist.

All I wanted was one of those blue gel eyemasks you put in your fridge to chill so when you wear it it soothes tired eyes. Well that wasn’t going to happen so I’d to make do with the resources available. Tea bags. Yes, I said tea.

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So how would the humble tea bag help me feel better?!
Here’s how, tea cantains caffeine, which is an anti inflamitory.
So the next time you’re making a round of rosey lee put the used teabags in the fridge to chill. When they’re cold make yourself comfy & put one on each eye. Caffeine constricts blood vessels making it ideal for reducing redness in the likes of rosacea or puffiness so it’s perfect for under the eyes.
This is exactly what I did & I kid you not 30 minutes later I felt brand new. I was more awake & my eyes no longer throbbed or ached.

So before you run out & spend silly money on fancy creams give this a try first. I promise you won’t be disappointed & you have to agree it’s some serious value for money.

If you have tried this how did you feel after? I’d love to know.

Thanks so much for stopping by you cool cats.

~LoVe & huGs~

*MaRiA*
xO