WHAT IS ROSACEA?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition, characterized by redness around the face that appears like sunburn. If left untreated, the condition worsens, and can become painful with small, reddish, sometimes pus-filled, bumps. Rosacea flare-ups can cause outbreaks that vary in intensity and last for periods of weeks and up to months at a time, interspersed by periods of clear skin without any display of outbreaks. The condition can also cause the eyes to become sore with a burning feeling.
WHAT CAUSES ROSACEA?
Although experts are unsure of the cause of rosacea, more often it seems to affect fair skinned people who blush easily, and runs in families with similar skin conditions. Common triggers are strenuous exercise, exposure to harsh weather conditions, hot and damp environments, sun exposure, spicy foods, stress and hot baths.
IS THERE A CURE FOR ROSACEA?
While the medical profession has not yet found a cure for the condition, rosacea can be controlled by the use of certain medications and topical face creams, as well as natural remedies to alleviate the pain and symptoms associated with outbreaks. Diet also plays a major part in controlling rosacea outbreaks and it is important to discover which foods cause your skin condition to become worse and work towards a healthy intake of natural, organic foods with plenty of water.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ROSACEA
Your skin care regimen is of vital importance in the control of outbreaks. Eliminate all cosmetics that are harsh and drying on the skin and use soothing and moisturizing products.
CASTOR OIL AS AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR ROSACEA
An ancient skin treatment for clear skin is an oil cleansing method to remove impurities and cleanse the pores of the skin. Rosacea is a highly inflammatory condition and any form of soap or harsh cleansers will irritate the sensitive skin and cause a flare-up. Using a cleansing method involving soothing castor oil will prevent inflammation from occurring while healing and moisturizing the skin.
Mix a ‘ teaspoon of castor oil with ‘ teaspoon of pure virgin olive oil. Warm the oil in the palm of your hand and gently apply it to the face. Massage the oil into the skin with small circular motions for two minutes.
Soak a clean cloth in warm water, squeeze it out, and lay the cloth over the face, allowing the steam to penetrate the skin. This will help open the pores to release any impurities and oils. Rinse the cloth in warm water and gently wipe the excess oil from the face. This can be repeated a couple of times, the last time using cool water to close the pores.
Apply moisturizer, preferably an oil of your choice like vitamin E oil, Argan oil or coconut oil blend. Castor oil is too drying on the skin and should not be used as a moisturizer.
Use this method up to three times per week to control and reduce outbreaks and inflammation.
The surface of the skin is naturally acidic and a delicate mantle protects the inner layers from infection and regulates the amount of oil produced. Rosacea skin breakouts cause inflammation, which disturbs the natural PH balance of the skin and needs to be corrected. By using apple cider vinegar as a toner, the acid balance will be restored. Apply apple cider vinegar as a toner to the surface of the skin with a cotton wool pad after cleansing and especially during a breakout. The high acidity will greatly reduce the onset and severity of flare-ups.
To help regulate digestion an boost your immune system, regular intake of probiotics will repopulate the digestive system with bacteria that are beneficial to the health of your skin. By excreting impurities and increasing immunity, inflammation will be kept at bay, reducing the amount of breakouts.
Castor oil an also be taken internally as a purgatory to aid in cleaning the digestive system.