Originally Answered: Natural remedies for rosacea?
There are several reasons, other than rosacea, why a person might have facial redness. Here are just a FEW other possibilities:
- genetics / heredity
- medication induced
- thyroid problems
For an accurate, professional diagnosis you would really need to consult your doctor or a certified dermatologist.
In the meantime, depending on what's causing your facial redness, there's certainly ways to keep SOME facial redness under control and less noticeable. It's up to you how much effort you want to put into caring for your health and your skin.
If you're certain you have rosacea, you need to educate yourself, to learn & understand your own personal triggers, then adjust your lifestyle accordingly. AVOID your food & environmental triggers so you can avoid flare-ups of redness.
Check these sites to learn more about possible triggers...
Many people find food with histamines aggravate their redness. A more alkaline diet is quite beneficial for reducing their outward symptoms of facial redness...
Drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. Drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in your body. As well, alcohol is generally a known trigger for most rosacea people.
Increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you’re not allergic)
Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.
Try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically. (reduce redness & pustules)
Have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night) Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin.
There are products you can buy that are specifically made to help reduce facial redness:
- Guinot has a face cream called RED LOGIC which claims to neutralize the appearance of red blood vessels.
- LaTherapie Paris has a fortifying skin cream that is supposed to help soften high colour (reduce redness)
- Avene Redness Relief soothing cream - http://www.aveneusa.com/phys-ex-physicia…
I know there are other brands and products that may be similar. You need to find the one that works best with your skin and your body chemistry. Check your local drug store or cosmetics department.
Here are a few other helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion for a lifetime:
- only use gentle, fragrance-free, oil-free, alcohol-free cleansers on your face.
- avoid extended periods in direct sun (always use sunblock for sensitive skin, with 15 - 30 spf)
- avoid extreme weather conditions as much as possible (hot, cold, windy...)
- avoid really hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)
- avoid spicy foods, greasy foods, and foods with a high refined-sugar content. (these foods disrupt the natural digestive processes of the body)
- eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
Try to cut down on excessive stress in your life. Stress can be a trigger and can easily magnify a multitude of conditions and their symptoms.
Set a goal to try to get at least 7 - 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
Check out the sites below for more information regarding facial redness....