Rosacea sufferers know all too well the struggle of facial redness and facial pain. It’s a battle we fight every day, trying to reduce and minimise these painful flares.
Even when it feels like you’re doing all you can to keep your rosacea at bay, sometimes you still end up with a flare up and you find yourself feeling fed up and hopeless.
There are many, many factors that can contribute to facial redness and rosacea flares. Simple things like what you eat, temperature, exercise, your skincare routine and stress can all play a part. These factors are called triggers and once you know your personal triggers you’re one step closer to controlling your rosacea. Although knowing this information is very important in controlling your rosacea, outbreaks can be unavoidable.
We at Finca Skin Organics understand this, (the founder Finola Fegan has rosacea and has it under control), which is why we offer a range of products dedicated to tackling rosacea and addressing its symptoms.
Some foods more than others are known for their contribution to rosacea and facial redness. Spicy foods in particular should be avoided. A recent study found that 49% of people with rosacea reacted to Mexican food while 33% reacted to Indian. Like with spicy foods, hot food causes the blood vessels to dilate due to the high temperatures, which in turn can cause facial redness.
Eating cooler meals or serving your food at a lower temperature can help to combat this. Foods containing high amounts of sugar or carbohydrates can also be known to exacerbate symptoms. Switching to foods with a higher fibre content (such as wholegrain foods, fruit and vegetables) and limiting sugar and carbs can often be helpful.
Sometimes specific foods can be specific triggers to certain people. The best way to know for sure what to avoid, is by keeping a personal food diary so you can look back after a flare up and determine if something you have eaten could be to blame.
Other foods that have been widely reported to cause rosacea flares include: yoghurts, cheese, chocolate, avocados, vanilla and citrus fruits.
Yes, unfortunately this is a big one. Certain alcoholic drinks are known to cause facial redness and pain. Don’t worry it’s not all doom and gloom, you needn’t cut out alcohol entirely, but just remember that moderation is key and know which drinks are most likely to cause trouble. A survey found that wine, beer and champagne caused outbreaks the most, while scotch, bourbon, rum and gin seemed to cause the least aggravation.
There are measures you can take to minimise the chances of outbreak. Having a glass of iced water between drinks can help reduce the chances of outbreak as the water will keep you hydrated and the ice will keep you cool. Whether it’s summer or winter, extreme hot or cold temperatures can be a real nuisance for rosacea.
Making sure you cover up with an SPF 30+ every day of the year is essential. In the winter, make sure to cover your face with a scarf when outdoors and wear a rich and heavy balm like our Finca Balm, which will keep your skin hydrated in the cold. The Balm will also protect your skin from harsh winds, known for causing dryness.
As mentioned in our previous blog, investing in a humidifier for your home or office in the winter is also a good idea.
High intensity exercise can be difficult for people with rosacea as it causes skin to flare up. Reducing intensity and doing smaller exercises more often is commonly found to be the better alternative. Keeping a cool towel around your neck, eating ice cubes and drinking plenty of water throughout the session will all help to keep you hydrated.
This is a tricky one to overcome as your rosacea can be the culprit causing your stress, which in turn is also worsening your rosacea. Educating yourself on the condition can often help and chatting to people who also suffer (which is 1 in 10 of us) will make you more at ease. Eating right and sleeping properly will keep your mind healthy and focused.
Exercising is also a known stress reliever, something simple like going for a brisk walk can clear your head!
Your skincare routine plays a vital part in keeping your rosacea calm. Healing from the inside out is important, but if you’re putting certain topical ingredients on to your face, this can undo all of your good work. Certain ingredients are a big no-no for rosacea and should always be avoided: alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint and Eucalyptus oil.
Any product containing an artificial fragrance will surely drive your skin crazy and it’s worth steering clear of essential oils. Try to avoid abrasive exfoliation as rosacea skin is sensitive and must be treated with gentle care.
Always check the packaging of your cosmetics, creams, fragrances, wipes, sunscreens, serums etc. The general rule is – the less ingredients, the better. Read up on your particular sub type, as there are certain ingredients that are good for some forms of rosacea but not for others eg. Tea Tree Oil.
Our entire range has been specifically formulated to be clean and plant-based with minimal ingredients. www.rosacea.ie
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