Rosacea 101: What you need to know about this common and treatable skin condition

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April is Rosacea Awareness Month – a time dedicated to shedding light on this often-overlooked skin condition. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Do you have fair skin and struggle with redness on your face, neck or chest? You could be one of the 18% of people globally who suffers from rosacea. This common skin condition is more prevalent in those of European and Celtic descent. On those with darker skin tones, it can present as darkening of the face and neck. There are many famous faces, such as Prince William, Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vergara, Cynthia Nixon, and Renee Zellweger, who are all affected by it. And while it isn’t life-threatening, it can, nevertheless, be uncomfortable to live with (and challenging to treat).

Not only can this condition cause physical discomfort in the form of itching or stinging, but it can be a source of emotional upset as well. A survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society (US) revealed that 90% of rosacea patients had lower self-esteem as a result of it. 41% even claimed that flare-ups made them avoid others and isolate themselves. Fortunately, there are ways to soothe your skin. So, in the spirit of Rosacea Awareness Month, here’s what you need to know about this condition and what you can do to calm it – naturally.

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is an inflammatory disorder that causes the skin to become red and flushed. This is in response to being exposed to triggers, which vary between individuals. Some common ones include sunlight, wind, hairspray, alcohol, excessive exercise and even spicy food! Not just isolated to the face, this redness can spread down and across the neck, chest and back in some cases.

Rosacea still has many doctors and scientists scratching their heads. There are, however, a handful of theories around what might cause it. Many believe that it is genetic and that it is a vascular disorder linked to flushing. Others think that it could be related to skin mites, intestinal bugs or a reaction to bacteria. There is even a study from 2015 claiming that smokers may have an increased risk.

While rosacea isn’t harmful in and of itself, studies have revealed a link between this skin condition and other autoimmune conditions. This is why bringing about long-term relief is a two-fold approach that includes looking after your skin on the outside and from the inside!

How to treat it

Although many surveys and professionals claim that there is no cure for rosacea, it is nevertheless, totally treatable. There are several ways to reduce redness and keep rosacea flare-ups at bay. The best approach to take is a holistic one that considers not just what you put on to your skin but what you put into your body as well. Because, as we know, glowing skin starts from the inside out!

On the outside

A gentle and soothing cleansing routine is the cornerstone to healthy, radiant skin. Stick to natural ingredients and avoid toxic chemicals that can lead to other concerns. Soothing ingredients, such as aloe vera and chamomile can be used for instant relief. Apply a nourishing cream both day and night for suppleness and hydration, and avoid any SPF sunscreens that aren’t natural, IE – that contain chemicals as this can also irritate the skin.

From the inside

Paying more attention to your diet and lifestyle, and sticking to anti-inflammatory foods like fresh leafy greens, fruits and veggies, can help to prevent flare-ups. This means figuring out what your triggers are and avoiding them where possible. Minerals, such as zinc, have also been shown to reduce redness over time. A great daily probiotic to keep your gut health strong is also recommended. Remember, what you put into your body is reflected on the outside, so treat it like the temple it is!

Sip and soothe

Aloe vera is indigenous to SA and is a great way to soothe red, inflamed skin when applied to it. But drinking aloe water can have just as many benefits, both inside and out, as it is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Bottoms up!

Did you know that Turmeric manages microorganism growth on the skin, helping ward off acne-causing bacteria, and prevents other skin infections from spreading, like eczema & rosacea? It also contains powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-microbial properties that assist in balancing skin [pH] levels, sebum secretion, and helps clean out pores.

Want to treat your rosacea the natural way? The Eco Diva skincare range is natural and organic, and the super-food formulations will help your skin to regenerate itself. We have curated a Per[pH]ect Solution set that targets and soothes rosacea from the outside. And, it really works when combined with a healthy diet.

The Eco Diva Natural Face Wash is tough on dirt but gentle on the skin. Follow this up with the Eco Diva Natural Face Cream. Get everything you need for long-term relief and happy, healthy skin in the Eco Diva The Per(pH)ect Rosacea Solution Set. 

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