Inflammation can affect more than joints and muscles—it can also impact your skin.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that can cause flushing or long-term redness on your face, enlarged blood vessels, or small, pus-filled bumps. You might find your symptoms flare for weeks to months and then go away for a while.
It’s most commonly found on your nose, cheeks and forehead. Rosacea usually starts after the age of 30, and it can flare up throughout your life.
What can you do about rosacea? Let’s take a look.
Who Gets Rosacea?
Rosacea affects over three million Canadians, but symptoms can vary from one person to another and severity is unpredictable.
Here’s what you need to know:
- It can affect all segments of the population and all skin types.
- Individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily may be at greatest risk.
- It’s frequently diagnosed in women, but tends to be more severe in men.
- It may run in families.
- It may be especially prevalent in people of northern or eastern European descent.
Unfortunately, rosacea can have psychological impacts too, as people feel self-conscious and embarrassed, or affected by the misconception that it’s a sign of alcohol abuse or poor hygiene. Nearly 3/4 of rosacea patients have reported low self-esteem.
As for what causes rosacea, it isn’t clear. Experts think it could be due to both genetic and environmental factors, and there is no known cure.
What Can I Do About Rosacea?
It’s believed that there are triggers that make rosacea worse—which can vary from person to person—like sun exposure, emotional stress, or spicy foods. To monitor what bothers you, keep track of what causes flare-ups in a diary. Note lifestyle and environmental factors that you can reduce or eliminate.
Be gentle with your skincare routine, by cleaning your face with a mild and non-abrasive cleanser, rinsing with lukewarm water, and blotting the face dry.
Choose Cosmetics Wisely
What you put on your face deserves care and attention. After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ, providing a barrier against pathogens and chemicals.
Avoid products with fragrance, alcohol, abrasives or other irritating ingredients, which can aggravate rosacea symptoms. Look for ingredients like essential oils for a natural skincare addition. Rosacea-prone skin is sensitive and dry, so choose only mild products.
Our skincare line is all natural, plant-based, eco-friendly and organic, with handmade, small batch products made for different types of skin.
Here are our top choices for rosacea care:
Rosacea Care Facial Toner: Easy to use toner that you simply spritz after cleansing and before moisturizing, to soothe the symptoms of rosacea. Features hydrosols and essential oils that tone the skin and remove excess dirt, pollution and impurities.
- Rosacea Facial Oil: Blends evening primrose and rosehip oil to reduce inflammation and redness, as well as hydrate, nourish and calm your skin.
- Rosacea Facial Starter Kit: brings together the Green Tea Facial Cleanser, Rosacea Facial Toner, and Rosacea Facial Oil, and is available in two sizes.
You can also try Argan & Rosehip Facial Oil, made for all skin types and suitable for rosacea-prone skin to moisturize, brighten and tone; or Rosehip Seed Oil, great for rosacea-prone skin as it reduces the appearance of redness, repairs sun damage, and protects against premature aging.