What is Rosacea and how does it develop?

Did you know that a seemingly harmless redness or flushing can also be the first symptom of rosacea? If we don’t notice it in time, the condition of the skin can gradually worsen and, in addition to skin redness, it can cause acne, visible blood vessels, and thickening of the skin.

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects the central part of the face.

Occasionally, the neck, chest, or other areas may be affected as well. Symptoms can vary. Some people experience facial flushing or blushing. Others notice visibly larger veins, red acne-like bumps on the face, or thickening of the skin around the nose. Most often characterized by redness, acne, and cracked blood vessels, rosacea usually people after middle age between the ages of 30 and 60. It is more common in people who have fair skin or are going through menopause.

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown. But environmental influences such as hot and cold temperatures, wind, sunlight, humidity, and air pollution (including cigarette smoke), as well as pollen and vehicle emissions, play a major role in the development of rosacea. Psychological factors such as anger or stress, and stress hormones, such as adrenaline, can trigger inflammatory processes in the skin. As well as external factors, such as certain fragrances, detergents, and locally applied medications, as well as hot baths, strenuous exercise, alcohol, and spicy foods.

Certain clothes can also be harmful to the skin. In addition to clothing containing skin-irritating dyes and chemicals, synthetic and non-iron materials contain chemicals such as formaldehyde, which can cause skin irritation and allergies.

Rosacea symptoms

The most common rosacea symptom is redness on the face, nose, chin, and forehead. Less commonly, the color may also appear on the neck, head, ears, or chest area. After a while, punctured blood vessels may appear through the skin, which may thicken and swell. Almost half of the people struggling with rosacea develop problems affecting their eyes such as redness, swelling, and pain.

Symptoms of Rosacea

Flushing– Many people with rosacea experience flushing which may be accompanied by a sensation of heat. The warmth or burning sensation comes and goes, and is often an early symptom of the skin condition.

Bumps and Pimples– Small red, solid bumps or pus-filled pimples can often develop. Although they may look like pimples, blackheads do not appear and are accompanied by a burning or stinging sensation.

Visible capillaries– Many people with rosacea have prominent and visible, small blood vessels on the face, bridge of the nose, and other central areas of the face.

Eye irritation – Many people struggling with rosacea may also experience redness and swelling of the eyelids. Crusts and scales may build up around the eyelids or eyelashes, and patients may notice visible blood vessels around the eyelids. In severe cases, it can lead to corneal damage and loss of visual acuity without proper treatment.

In addition to the main symptoms of rosacea mentioned above, there may also be a burning or stinging sensation, possibly itching. Facial swelling, also known as edema, may accompany other signs of rosacea or may occur independently. Thickened red spots, called plaques, can develop without affecting the surrounding skin. The skin may be rough and appear scaly, although some patients complain of oily skin. In rare cases, signs and symptoms of rosacea can also develop outside the face, most commonly on the neck, chest, scalp, or ears.

Rosacea treatment

Cosmetic oxygen therapy is based on strengthening the immune system, thanks to which it can be used for any skin and cosmetic problem, such as rosacea, and guarantees spectacular results.

The treatment is painless, 100% reliable, and risk-free and is based on 100% natural active ingredients.

The adequate supply of oxygen, vitamins, and minerals, rejuvenates the skin while cleansing it of impurities and allowing it to regain its proper pH value thanks to the acid-decomposing and alkalizing effect.

During the treatment, an active ingredient complex consisting of valuable vitamins and minerals is supplied into the deepest layers of the skin, where cellular metabolism takes place. The treatment starts with a micro-camera diagnosis, a personalized treatment plan, and exfoliation of the skin. After which, with the help of bottled oxygen at three bar pressure, the natural active ingredients, and antioxidants reach the deeper layers of the skin where they can rejuvenate the skin cells on a cellular level and boost the immune system.

Cosmetic oxygen therapy reduces healing and regeneration time and can be used for any skin and cosmetic problem. The treatment is also recommended for expectant mothers as it’s completely chemical-free and can be safely applied to mothers and children as well. The treatment does not cause abnormal hair growth or hyperpigmentation!

The oxygen therapy treatment developed by Oxygeni Hair and Skin supports natural rejuvenation, boost the immune system, and helps skin cells and hair follicles receive an adequate oxygen supply.  

CELEBRITIES WHO STRUGGLED WITH ROSACEA

An estimated 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea and it’s no surprise that celebrities are also among those affected.

Many people know that Prince William suffers from rosacea, but fewer know that his late mother, Princess Diana, also suffered from this condition.

„Sex in the City” star Cynthia Nixon suffered from red, inflamed skin for years before being diagnosed with a mild form of rosacea.

On the big screen, this Hollywood beauty’s complexion may look flawless, but Cameron Diaz is another celebrity who struggles with rosacea.

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What type of food to avoid when you have rosacea?

Spicy food

Whether you add hot peppers to your food or prepare a spicy or hot dish, it can be one of the triggers for rosacea flare-ups. Cayenne pepper, red pepper, black pepper, curry, paprika, and other spicy ingredients can cause the tiny blood vessels under the skin to dilate, which can cause flushing. Reduce the amount of these spices when cooking and replace them with other ingredients – such as oregano, sage, and basil. These ingredients provide just the right amount of flavor without contributing to skin redness.

Alcohol

Alcohol causes the blood vessels on the face to dilate, increasing blood flow to that area. Therefore avoiding alcohol can also help lessen the symptoms of rosacea.

Hot drinks

Some people cannot start their day without a cup of coffee. While on a cold day, hot tea or hot chocolate quickly warms the body. But if you suffer from frequent rosacea flare-ups, avoiding hot drinks (which also increase redness and blood flow to the face) may improve your skin’s condition. This doesn’t mean you have to give up coffee or tea, but iced coffee or iced tea might be a better option for you.

Food rich in histamine

Fruits are not only packed with nutrients and antioxidants; histamine content is also high in some fruits. Histamine is an organic compound that triggers an immune system response. Histamine causes vasodilation, or relaxation of blood vessels, essentially worsening or flaring up rosacea. When the blood vessels on the face dilate, redness occurs. Fruits that cause this type of reaction include tomatoes, pineapples, strawberries, papayas, and red plums. But fruit isn’t the only food that can release histamine. Other triggers include eggplant, spinach, mushrooms, shellfish, legumes, alcohol, and fermented foods (ripened cheese).

Dairy products

Dairy products such as yogurt, sour cream, and cheese can also be triggers for some people. Dairy products are a good source of vitamin D and calcium, but they are also inflammatory food. As a result of the inflammation, increased facial redness and swelling can be observed. Avoiding dairy products can reduce redness and other symptoms of rosacea. Easier said than done, but if you can’t completely cut out dairy, try cutting back and replacing cow’s milk with rice milk, almond milk, or soy milk.

Chocholate

Chocolate is a great source of happiness. But it makes rosacea worse in some cases because it contains cinnamic aldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor. It can cause blood vessels to dilate, which can lead to redness.

What should you eat when you have rosacea?

Just as certain foods can trigger an inflammatory response and contribute to the development of rosacea, other foods can help the body fight inflammation and reduce the symptoms of rosacea. Examples of this are onions, raw garlic, bananas, asparagus, and whole grains.

Diet plays an important role in all skin and scalp conditions, including the development of rosacea. Some autoimmune diseases occur more frequently in rosacea patients, among them celiac disease twice as often as in the average person. Digestive tract inflammation, malabsorption, and damage to the immune system also affect our skin. Investigating food intolerances is key to treating symptoms. 

If you suspect that you might be intolerant to certain food or ingredients we recommend you consult a specialist!

How to care for rosacea at home?

Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure for rosacea, but the condition can be greatly improved by alleviating the symptoms. Proper early treatment and gentle rosacea skin care can help clear up redness.

For rosacea skin, products should be chosen with great care, which is free of irritants, fragrances, and dyes and contains valuable skin-supporting, moisturizing, and soothing active ingredients that are easily absorbed by the skin.

The use of chemical-free products reduces intolerances as their 100% natural active ingredients do not irritate the skin and scalp. The use of natural products can help both in alleviating symptoms and in prevention! During external treatment, it is worth replacing our home skin care products with 100% natural and chemical-free products, which help the improvement in a natural way. Oxygeni Skin’s products are fragrance- and irritation-free and provide a convenient and sustainable solution for rosacea.