What is Rosacea and how can I treat it?

Sarah Brown is the founder of Pai Skincare. Entrepreneur, mum and sensitive-skinned soul

Did you know it’s Rosacea Awareness Month?

Sensitive skin can be particularly susceptible to temperature variations, with Rosacea the most common skin complaint developing as a result.

Very cold weather interspersed with blasts of hot, dry central heating can wreak havoc on Rosacea-prone skin can causes flare-ups.

Equally humid, sunny weather can also be a trigger – understanding what causes your skin to react is the key in controlling your Rosacea.

WHAT IS ROSACEA?

Rosacea is a condition that causes blood vessels to enlarge, giving a flushed appearance to the upper cheeks and nose.

Symptoms include redness, dilated capillaries and, in some cases, small hard spots. Unlike with acne, the skin doesn’t appear more oily or greasy, and blackheads or scarring don’t tend to feature.

It’s most common in women over the age of 30 and several friends of mine developed the condition during their first pregnancy. There’s also some evidence to suggest it may be hereditary, but it isn’t contagious.

WHAT SHOULD I AVOID?

Rosacea-prone skins are particularly susceptible to changes in temperature. So if it’s very cold try protecting your face with a large scarf and if it’s hot and sunny, stick to the shade.

These are the most common Rosacea lifestyle triggers:

  • Caffeine
  • Spicy Food
  • Alcohol
  • Sunlight

Like many conditions, Rosacea is also triggered by stress. Although it’s easier said than done, try to lower your stress levels with daily meditation or relaxation. It is also a good idea to keep a diary of what causes your Rosacea to flare up each day or week, to help identify patterns and triggers specific to you.

WHICH PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE?

Many over-the-counter and prescription Rosacea creams contain the irritant, BENZOYL PEROXIDE which is definitely worth giving a wide berth as it may exacerbate symptoms.

Instead, stick to soothing and strengthening actives like Chamomile and RosehipRosehip is a fantastic skin healer and strengthener while Chamomile contains azulene, a natural anti-inflammatory, which will cool and calm any flushing during a flare.

Diet is also important when dealing with all skin allergies and Rosacea is no exception.

Try and increase your intake of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6 & 9) as these help calm and condition the skin from the inside. Oily fish, seeds and nuts are all good sources, as are supplements like a high-grade flaxseed, hemp or fish oil.

Pcynogenol, or pine bark extract, is also believed to be a good natural remedy for Rosacea as it has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

If you’d like anymore in depth or personalised skincare advice, email our team of sensitive skincare experts: support@paiskincare.com.



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