Living with rosacea can be tough. Your self confidence suffers and the daily struggle to cover up imperfections takes its toll. It can be stressful, overwhelming, and just downright exhausting.
But though rosacea has no cure, there are treatments that can hep control symptoms. Depending on the severity, your doctor may recommend oral and topical antibiotics, acne meds like Accutane, or laser therapy.
Prescription meds and lasers do the job, but if that’s not your cup of tea, you can also take a gentler approach to rosacea. Many patients successfully avoid and soothe flare ups using non toxic skin care products and by implementing simple lifestyle changes.
Want to know about natural remedies for rosacea? Read on for tips that will help improve your quality of life and for our top natural products for rosacea skin.
Rosacea natural treatment tips:
UV radiation is a rosacea trigger, so be extra diligent with the sunscreen. Look for physical (mineral) sunscreens with zinc oxide as the active ingredient. Best avoid chemical sunscreens, which absorb the sun’s rays and can heat up your skin, triggering rosacea flare ups.
If you have rosacea, your skin’s natural barrier is compromised, which means it’ll need some extra TLC. Only the mildest, most gentle products will do.
Avoid microdermabrasion and harsh cleansers. That means no physical exfoliants, chemical scrubs, and anything containing alcohol. You should also avoid products with fragrance, menthol, witch hazel, retinoids, dyes, and surfactants – all of which can aggravate rosacea.
As we get older, we start producing less collagen, the substance that surrounds our blood vessels. And without enough collagen, the blood vessels start to wear down and lose their ability to shrink after dilating. Collagen supplements can help strengthen blood vessels and may help reduce redness and inflammation from rosacea.
Take it easy
Stress, one of the most common rosacea triggers, is also one of the hardest to avoid. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to not get stressed out (a lot). Breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, art, and Netflix are some of the best stress busters. Above all, get enough sleep, drink lots of water, eat well, and don’t forget to breathe and relax.
Now on to our top picks for rosacea skin.
Our favourite rosacea skin care products:
Grahams Rosacea Cream – specifically for rosacea, it’s a Class I Medical device, which means that it’s been scientifically proven to work. No steroids, just clinically proven natural ingredients that will help relieve itchiness, redness and dryness
Skin Juice Redness Relief Kit – made specially for rosacea and sensitive skin types; soothes, repairs, and nourishes with antioxidants and essential fatty acids; kit includes cleansing balm, recovery balm, and face oil
Every Bit Organic Raw Aloe Vera Gel – deeply moisturises without clogging or irritating skin; antimicrobial and cleansing properties ideal for killing the Demodex mites that may cause or exacerbate rosacea
ECO. Face Organic Rosehip Super Serum – heals and hydrates skin with camellia seed oil, rosehip seed extract, and rosemary leaf extract
Zk’in Organics Relief Moisturiser – cotton thistle extract stimulates skin’s healing process while evening primrose and hemp oils soothe dryness and itching
Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Cleansing Foam — one of the mildest foam cleansers around; soap free; great as a rosacea face wash
Every Bit Organic Raw Argan Oil – anti inflammatory properties help eliminate redness; soothes irritated skin
Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil – blackthorn blossom extract eases irritation and reduces sensitivity; can be used as a makeup remover, a facial cleanser, and a moisturiser; restores skin’s natural protective barrier
Zk’in Organics Hydrating Mist – protects skin from sun damage; stops rosacea flare ups in their tracks. Why not keep one in your handbag to use at work, in school, or anywhere you happen to be when your face starts acting up
We hope you find these tips and product suggestions helpful in managing rosacea. Please feel free to share your own tips on avoiding and soothing rosacea flare ups in the comments below.