Natural medicine offers solutions to treat rosacea, an annoying skin disorder that manifests itself mainly on the cheeks, chin or forehead.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that manifests itself on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead with characteristic redness and swelling. Pimples often appear (which can be mistaken for acne) and small blood vessels (spider veins) are visible.
Outbreaks can occur sporadically, recur for years, or disappear completely. There is no known cause for rosacea, nor is there an effective therapy for everyone, but it can be controlled with natural treatments.
As in many other conditions, rosacea combines physical and mental factors. Fair-skinned women, 30 to 50 years old, with a tendency to blush when they feel ashamed and a personal history of acne or rosacea in the family are more likely to suffer from the problem. However, people with other characteristics can also suffer from it.
Several studies have suggested that rosacea could be caused by an overgrowth of the Demodex folliculorum mite, but it is also found on the skin of people who do not suffer from rosacea, and eliminating it does not always eliminate symptoms.
TREATMENTS TO REDUCE ROSACEA SYMPTOMS
- Dermatologists recommend avoiding triggers that are associated with breakouts. Some are:
- Drinks with alcohol or caffeine.
- The spicy food.
- Very hot food and drinks.
- Intense exercise.
- Extreme temperatures and sunlight.
- Continued stress.
- Corticosteroid medications and some drugs to control blood pressure.
Conventional doctors often recommend that you protect your face from the winter cold with scarves and use hypoallergenic hygiene and cosmetic products.
If preventive measures are not enough or pimples with pus appear, they can prescribe certain medications, such as gels with ivermectin, to control the Demodex mite or with brimonidine, a blood vessel constricting agent.
They are also used creams ingredients antibiotic s (metronidazole), oral antibiotics (tetracycline, minocycline and doxycycline) and acne products (isotretinoin).
Drugs used for rosacea may have short-term benefit, but stopping treatment can exacerbate symptoms. In addition, the continued use of antibiotic creams can alter the microbiota and the acid mantle of the skin.
In the most severe cases, lasers are used to reduce spider veins, thickening of the skin, and cysts that can cause deformities of the nose, ears, and chin. A novel, less invasive treatment is bio photonic therapy, which consists of the application of a gel that acts under the stimulus of an LED light.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ROSACEA
Natural medicine unfolds against rosacea a range of treatments aimed at reducing inflammation, caring for the skin with natural substances and addressing the emotional factor.
It is advisable to treat the skin with moisturizers on a daily basis to promote the integrity of the skin barrier. It is equally important for hygiene to use hypoallergenic shampoos, gels and soaps for hypersensitive skin, if possible with a certified natural composition.
CUCUMBER JUICE AND JOJOBA AND ROSEHIP OILS
Dr. Josep Lluís Berdonces advises applying freshly blended cucumber juice at night. Wash your face with water and products for sensitive skin of natural composition.
He also recommends protecting the skin with organically produced jojoba or rosehip oil.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
Up to 30% of cases get worse with sun exposure. Dr. Pablo Saz recommends accustoming the skin to the sun by exposing it without protective creams for a short time in the early morning or late afternoon.
If exposure to the sun in the central hours of the day is unavoidable, it is advisable to apply a factor 50 cream. In summer use certified natural sun creams with mineral filters.
ONLY NATURAL COSMETICS
Avoid the use of conventional makeup, exfoliants, peelings, facial cleansing with steam and sponges, brushes and other tools and products that can be aggressive with the skin.
An extensive study conducted in Denmark and published by The British Journal of Dermatology notes that a significant number of rosacea patients suffer from inflammatory digestive disorders. To reduce inflammation, avoid refined and overheated fats, ultra-processed fats and very salty dishes, and increase the intake of anti-inflammatory foods, such as flax seeds, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, aromatic plants, mushrooms. Fresh fruits and vegetables are especially recommended for their richness in vitamin C and flavonoids that strengthen
- Apply pure aloe gel on the affected skin, once or twice a day, especially at bedtime. It is recommended that the gel be of ecological production.
- Prepare cold compresses with an infusion of green or white tea and put them on the skin. You can use this infusion in the daily hygiene of the face.
- Prepare a decoction with burdock root for 3 minutes. Let it sit for another 10, strain it and you can drink it. It is anti-inflammatory and protects the liver.
- An effective repairing oil is extracted from the seeds of the rosehip (Rosa moschata). Before using it on the skin, check that it does not irritate you by applying it to a small area.
Acupuncture works on points on the face to resolve blood stagnation and energy blockages in the affected areas. It can also treat the stomach and lung, which according to Chinese medicine are related to the onset of symptoms.
A study by Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, published in the journal Medicine, showed that three sessions might be enough to reverse symptoms.
Techniques and therapies that help control anxiety and stress, that reduce the frequency and intensity of flare-ups, complete the natural and holistic treatment.