10 Ways To Avoid A Rosacea Flare Up: Rosacea 101
You may or may not have seen me without any makeup, but even while wearing makeup my rosy cheeks are hard to miss. When I get embarrassed, my cheeks and neck flush. When I exercise, or even when I gave birth to both my sons, people become concerned if I will be passing out soon. Or dying of a heart attack. If you have suffered from rosacea like I have, you know what I'm talking about. As for me, I have battled with rosacea for almost a decade, and in that time I have found some things to help battle and avoid a flare up. Some you may know, some may be new to you. Check it out.
Diet is not only important for health reasons, but also for your skin! The more clean you eat the more clear your skin will be (unless of course you have other underlying issues, hello cystic acne and rosacea!). Avoid foods that cause inflammation, i.e. processed food, alcohol, spicy foods etc. And most importantly, stay hydrated! Drinking enough fluids keeps your skin plump and supple. It also allows for better blood flow, and obviously helps with a myriad of other health issues.
Alcohol increases blood pressure, which in turn brings the blood vessels to the surface of your face, making you blush and flush. The more often this happens, the more rosacea becomes permanent and present. Some alcohol can cause inflammation in the body as well. Beer is an example of one of those drinks to avoid.
Weather is not your friend if you have The Curse of The Celts. Avoiding extremes will be your way to combat that. Protect your face from cold winds, high heat, and sun exposure. Find a good sunscreen and moisturizer, bundle up, and protect your skin from the elements!
Add a few supplements to your daily routine, not only for other health benefits, but for your skin too. Choose supplements and vitamins high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. CBD and Milk Thistle are two great choices to calm the flare.
Always consult a physician before consuming any new medications and/or supplements.
5.) FACIAL CLEANSER
Choose a facial cleanser that does not use abrasives, detergents, or a foaming lather. It’s best to use a cream based cleanser and/or an oil (hemp is a great choice) as these are gentle for the face. Avoid astringents like witch hazel and exfoliants. It’s best to stick to Rose Water if you‘d like a gentle toner. Also, the best otc face wash regimen I’ve used is Paula’s Choice. Hands down, the best for your face.
6.) FRESH LINEN
This is probably something you haven’t considered! Each night when you go to sleep, microscopic bacteria and bugs feast on dead skin cells. Gross and totally something out of a nightmare! Research has suggested that someone who has rosacea actually has more of these little bugs than other people. To combat this, be sure to cleanse your face before bed and replace your pillow case each night, or place a new soft towel over. This will make chances of contamination from previous nights much less if at all.
Makeup has been a huge factor for me in treating, combating, and avoiding flares. I have tried literally hundreds of different brands. It really comes down to you, your skin type, and what you'd like to get out of your foundation. IT cosmetics is specifically formulated for rosacea if you'd like full coverage. I like Benefit liquid foundation mixed with a sunscreen for a nice natural look. I find that powder makeups, even if they are gentle on the skin, tend to cake on the dry patches of my rosacea making the makeup crack and separate. Also, I have found that the less you touch, manipulate, scrub, blend, rub your face, the better.
8.) MAKEUP BRUSHES
Makeup brushes should be cleaned at LEAST every month, if not every day. All that caked on makeup is a super breeding ground for, you guessed it, those little hungry bugs. That's definitely not something you should be putting on your pretty little face! If you can, choose brushes that use real soft hair. I find that most synthetics irritate my face.
9.) CBD AND OTHER OILS
CBD is one of the best oils to help fight inflammation. The oil is best if used both internally as a supplement and topically as a facial oil. Choosing other oils as a nighttime moisturizer can be a little tricky. It's all based on your skin type, and depending on the season, your skin type may change!
If you have dry skin, Avocado oil, Marula oil, and Argan oil are great choices and will definitely help you feel hydrated.
If you have oily skin, Jojoba, Argan, Squalane, and Tea Tree (used sparingly and best in a face wash!) are all great options to help hydrate your skin while soaking up excess oil.
If you have normal skin, Jojoba, Squalane, and Marula oils will be your best bet by adding a few drops to your moisturizer.
To use, just add a couple drops to your moisturizer or apply directly to the skin after cleansing.
10.) TOPICAL MEDICATION OR LASER
There are some topical medications you can try, which I had success with but stopped due to being pregnant and having reactions. But they did work for a time! I really liked Mirvaso for reducing the redness and I was able to get embarrassed without flushing! I did have reactions to it though. I also tried Metronidazole, and that seemed to be the one I could tolerate the best. There will be a trial and error period. If all else fails, there is laser. It is spendy and won't last forever, but it does take away the redness.
Most of all this information is just from trial and error. I encourage you to give some of these a try and see how well it works for you!
*Always consult a physician prior to starting any new supplements, and/or medications.