Rosacea is a severe skin ailment involving inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids. It may manifest as redness in the face, prominent blood vessels, swelling, or skin eruptions similar to acne. Causes, incidence, and risk factors associated with rosacea are not clearly established, but rosacea is more likely to manifest if you are fair-skinned, if you blush easily, if you are a woman (though men with the condition are normally more severely affected), and it strikes mostly between the ages 30 and 50.
Keep your skin cool
- Your first instinct when your face begins to feel hot is to cool it down, and it is the right one. Soak a face-washer in ice-cold water and lay it on the reddening area for about 10 minutes. It not only cools your skin but tightens blood vessels if they are swelling.
- When camomile tea is applied to the skin, it has an anti-inflammatory effect. But don’t use the concentrated oil, it can cause irritation in the skin. Instead, take three of its tea bags, steep in boiling water for 10 minutes, strain and let the tea cool down. Dip a cloth in the tea when your face is flushed, and apply to the affected area.
- Other substances that have cooling and healing properties are green tea, aloe vera juice and lavender oil. Take one cup of green tea, one spoon of aloe vera juice and 2-3 drops of lavender oil and pour it into a bottle with a pump spray and refrigerate it. When you experience face flushes, apply the chilled mixture to your face. Discard the remaining blend when it is two weeks old.
Use only mild soaps
- Avoid using harsh, irritating soaps. Instead, use a mild, unscented, moisturising soap designed for sensitive skin whenever you wash your face, and use lukewarm water.
- Don’t use acne cleansers or ex-foliating skin washes; they contain harsh substances, and besides, acne treatments can actually aggravate rosacea.
- Stay away from cleansers that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or alcohol, as these can worsen rosacea.
Direct sunlight is a bane
- When you suffer from rosacea, you need to keep out of the sun as far as possible, as sunlight can lead to a flare-up of the condition. It not only heats up the skin, but also dilates the blood vessels in your face.
- If you can’t avoid going out into the sun, wear a wide-brimmed hat that shades your ears and face.
- Apply plenty of sunscreen throughout the year. The best sunscreens for those suffering from rosacea are the ones containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
- Men who suffer from rosacea need to be extra careful while shaving, so as not to irritate the skin on the face. Instead of razor blades, it would be a better idea to use an electric shaver.
- Avoid aftershave lotions which contain alcohol, witch hazel or menthol.
Keep that anger in control
You need to remember that when you get angry, it affects your blood vessels and can lead to a bout of rosacea. The best way to keep the emotion in check is to count to 10, take a deep breath and count to 10 again. After repeating a few times, you will be able to handle the situation more calmly.