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November 12, 2019

If you’ve noticed a red flush to your cheeks or visible blood vessels across your face, you might be suffering from rosacea {roh-zay-sha}. But what does that mean? And how do you get rid of it?

While ‘rosacea’ sounds like a delightful floral scent, it’s actually an extremely common skin disorder that affects over 415 million people. No, it’s not life threatening but it can derail your self-confidence in a flash. (Or should we say ‘flush’?).

To help our fellow rosacea-afflicted friends, we’ve compiled an easy guide to this pesky problem. Here, we break down the basics.

So, what is rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that typically affects the face. Ruddiness, flushed cheeks and a dry, itchy complexion are the trademark symptoms or rosacea. The redness may come and go, but over time, rosacea can begin to affect your neck, ears, chest and back if left untreated.

While rosacea can affect all skin tones, types and textures, it’s most commonly found in fair-skinned females over the age of 30 (although it’s affecting younger people more and more). And as it turns out, there are two types of rosacea commonly seen. With the first type, cheeks flush easily and take on a sunburn-red appearance. The second type, usually the more common, has the added effect of acne-like pustules.

What causes rosacea?

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but there are certain triggers that we know to avoid. Some of these include sun damage, excess alcohol consumption, stress, smoking, wind exposure and a poor skincare / makeup regime.

Is there a fix?

Unfortunately, there is no cure. But there is good news! With some careful changes to your lifestyle, you may be able to control your skin from flaring up. Here, our skincare expert shares a few small changes you can make.

1. Embrace clean eating

As we’ve said before, diet has a huge impact on your skin’s health. If possible, avoid dairy, caffeine and foods containing cinnamaldehyde (like tomatoes), as these are said to trigger rosacea flare-ups. Other triggering foods include spicy foods, hot beverages and alcohol.

Replace the above trigger-foods with those that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body such as probiotic foods and prebiotic foods.

2. Care for your skin

A harsh or heavy skincare regime is a big no-no for rosacea. Keep your rosacea under control with a gentle cleansing routine (using alcohol-free products) and opt for products that help protect your skin’s natural barrier function. Aleph’s new Serum/Primer is formulated for this exact reason! It contains natural milk thistle, an ingredient rich in Omega-6 fatty acids that helps strengthen your stratum corneum (the skin barrier).

3. Invest in a broad-spectrum sunblock (natural of course!)

To control your flare-ups, experts recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Over-exposure to the sun (or any extreme temperatures) is one of the worst offenders for rosacea, so keep your skin protected at all times. Even when it looks cloudy out!

4. Seek a skincare specialist

In the end, the best treatment you can receive is from a skincare specialist. A beauty therapist or a trained dermatologist will be able to help identify what is and isn’t affecting your rosacea. Plus, they can prescribe something to suit your specific skin needs.

Hopefully, this guide has helped shed light on rosacea. Did we miss anything? Have you experienced rosacea before? Share your own experiences and fixes in the comment section below! In the meantime, learn how to breathe right for glowing skin.


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