Three ways to deal with Rosacea

1 - Know your triggers

Rosacea, a skin condition that leaves the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose flushed and sore, is described by the NHS as “common” in the UK.

Dr Mervyn Patterson, a cosmetic doctor at the Woodford Medical clinic in Essex, says,

“Current estimates suggest 10 per cent of the population have the condition. “Blepharitis, an inflammation of the edge of the eyelids, is very common in rosacea and in fact may be present in a majority of rosacea cases,” he says. “You need to seek medical advice if your eyes become sore.”

Although rosacea tends to run in families and fairer-skinned people are more prone to it, the causes are not fully understood and there is no clear genetic link. More women have it than men (the actresses Renée Zellweger and Cameron Diaz are both believed to have suffered from it) but in males the condition tends to be more severe.

“We do know that there are a variety of triggers that may make rosacea worse, including sunshine, alcohol, spicy foods, exercise, hot temperatures and stress,” says Dr Zainab Laftah, a consultant dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation. Consuming a diet rich in gut friendly foods — yoghurt, kefir, tempeh and high-fibre foods — will help to reduce the inflammation in the body that’s associated with many skin conditions, including rosacea.

2 - Try drinking coffee

Hot drinks and caffeine can be triggers for rosacea in some people, but emerging evidence suggests that, for others, drinking coffee every day might help to reduce the risk. For a large 2018 study involving 82,737 women that was published in the journal JAMA Dermatology, researchers at Brown University in the US tallied the coffee consumption of the women every four years between 1991 and 2005. They found that those who drank four or more cups a day were 23 per cent less likely to have been medically diagnosed with rosacea than those who didn’t drink it.

3 - No fragranced skin products

Skincare is especially important for anyone with rosacea. “Certain ingredients in products can exacerbate it,” Laftah says. “Common skin irritants include alcohol, menthol, witch hazel, camphor, glycolic acid, lactic acid, sodium lauryl sulphate and fragrances.” “Exposure to the sun can worsen rosacea, so use a fragrance-free broad-spectrum protection with an SPF 30 or higher all year round,” Laftah says. GPs may prescribe topical creams as well as drugs that target the flushing.

Article by Peta Bee for the Times

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