You might not be familiar with rosacea but the skin disorder affects 1 in 10 people. Each year approximately 1 in every 600 people in the UK are diagnosed with it.
April is Rosacea Awareness Month. Rosacea can occur in both men and women and although it’s most common for people with fair skin, people of Asian and African origin can be affected. Many people are diagnosed around the age of 30.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition where the blood vessels on the face are enlarged, causing the cheeks and nose to look flushed. Symptoms include facial flushing, permanent facial redness, broken capillaries on the face, small visible blood vessels (also known as telangiectasia), spots (papules and pustules) as well as burning and stinging sensations.
There are several stages of rosacea and symptoms vary from person to person. Common triggers include:
How to treat rosacea
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for rosacea but symptoms can be managed with creams targeted for rosacea (I’ll be revealing my top 10 beauty products for rosacea next week) as well as certain medications.
In addition, laser therapy treatment on affected areas can help reduce broken capillaries and facial flushing.
If you’re interested in a more natural approach, a change in diet can help tackle rosacea symptoms.
Dr Murad is a board certified dermatologist and founder of Murad skincare. He believes in using nutrition and certain foods to help alleviate sensitive skin. He thinks following a good diet and supplements are equal to the products we apply to our skin.
He recommends the following foods:
Why eat them? “Goji berries are an extremely dense and nutritious food – a great source of essential fatty acids, free-radical fighting antioxidants, trace minerals, B vitamins, and eighteen amino acids.”
Why eat them? “Eggs contain lecithin. Lecithin is a vital nutritional component that your body needs to repair tissues because it allows the body to build healthy new cells with strong cell membranes.”
Why eat them? “A handful of walnuts will help satisfy your daily cell-hydrating omega-3 fatty acids which helps attract water to dehydrated cells and connective tissue.”
Dr Murad advises monitoring our diet if rosacea and sensitive skin are a concern. He says: “Certain foods and drinks, such as cheese, citrusy foods and alcohol, may irritate the condition; so identify the foods that affect you by tracking what you eat and evaluating how your skin reacts during the few hours after consumption.”
He recommends avoiding “hot spices” like white and black pepper, paprika, red pepper and cayenne pepper. These can all aggravate symptoms.
Dr Murad says: “You should also try lowering the spice level in your diet. Spicy foods can trigger inflammation. Look for less active seasonings like thyme, ginger and turmeric to add extra flavour to your meals.”
Keep reading my blog, I’ll be posting my top 10 beauty products to help tackle rosacea next week!
The patient images are courtesy of The National Rosacea Society and copyright to The National Rosacea Society. All rights reserved.
Disclaimer: Although I am highly interested in healthcare, herbal remedies and nutrition, I am not a trained doctor or nutritionist. Please consult your doctor for further help and advice.