Published: 10/08/2014 - Updated: 01/07/2018
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Rosacea is a skin condition that generally affects light complected individuals of European descent. It can affect both sexes even though generally women suffer from it more. It normally manifests as a coloration or redness in the cheeks, nose, forehead, etc., and can affect anywhere from the neck and even the chest. Redness in the scalp or ears suggests a different diagnosis, as rosacea is generally a facial diagnosis.
In addition to skin redness, when rosacea is more intensely developed, it could cause other symptoms like:
- Semi-permanent erythema
- Telangiectasia (dilation of the superficial blood vessels in the face)
- Circular and hardened inflamed tubercles (small pimples) that are red and pus filled.
- Eye redness.
- Burning sensation
- Burning and itching
- In very advanced cases, it can cause a bulbous, red nose (rhinophyma)
- This condition can be confused with others in some cases, or it could present simultaneously with acne and/or seborrheic dermatitis.
Some individuals with rosacea also could present other symptoms like:
- Isolation, distance, and reduction of social contact to a minimum.
- Emotional pain and reduction of quality of life.
Rosacea is divided into various different types. Below, we will list a few of the most common forms. Keep in mind that an individual could present one or more types of rosacea.
- Erythematous telangiectatic rosacea: in this type of rosacea, the skin discoloration produces a permanent red color (erythema) and has the tendency to turn red easier. It’s common to have visible blood vessels near the skin’s surface (telangiectasia), and generally presents a burning and/or itching sensation.
- Papulopustular rosacea: the skin presents a permanent red color with red outbreaks (papules). These are pus filled pimples (pustules) and last between one and four days. This type of rosacea is easily confused with acne.
- Phymatous rosacea: in this type of rosacea, not only does the skin turn red, but it also presents thickening of the nose and skin. There are irregular, superficial nodules that increase in size.
- Phymatous rosacea: affects the chin, forehead, cheeks, eyelids, and ears. Small superficial blood vessels are visible. In ocular rosacea, the eyes look dry and the eyelids look red and irritated. Other possible symptoms could be a sensation of a foreign object in the eye, itching, and burning.
Possible causes of rosacea
- This is considered to be a hereditary condition and frequently affects people that blush easily.
- This also occurs in people with extreme sensitivity in the parasympathetic nervous system.
- Emotional causes: emotional causes that predispose someone to suffer from rosacea are interesting: perhaps feelings of low acceptance for oneself, repressed and not always recognized insecurity, fear to be oneself, or feelings of irritation or protest that one tries to show the world.
Natural medicine knows that disease does not really exist, but rather and intoxicated body with deficient functioning, that protests in several ways which are given names of diseases. Rosacea is only a symptom. It is a way in which the body speaks of something that is not functioning well. Attacking just the symptom does not work. You must go deeper in order to cure rosacea.
The primary thing to do is to give the body the necessary tools so it can do its part in healing. The body’s natural state is one of health. The only thing we can do it obstruct of allow this natural states. We can do this with 3 things:
- Healthy life habits
- And attitudes towards life
To cure and treat rosacea it is necessary to begin with a healthy and high quality diet: consuming fresh vegetables as well as fresh fruits is fundamentally important. These foods are rich sources of antioxidants and cellular regenerators.
- Carrots, alfalfa, Spirulina seaweed, celery, red tomatoes, etc., are excellent foods that you can use to make fresh vegetable juices every day with. Select three of these.
- Garlic and onion have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungicide, and cleansing properties, etc. Eating garlic in the morning before breakfast, or at night, with a glass of warm water, will help enormously in recovering skin health.
- You should drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Remember that water is the primary component in skin, and if it is not well hydrated it will suffer quickly. It will dry out and be more prone to all types of infections. If you have rosacea, you should drink green tea infusions after every meal, and fresh vegetable juices (without sweetening nor combining with fruit) every day, in addition to drinking 2 liters of water daily.
- Include aloe vera juice or red tomato juice in your daily diet.
- Avoid all types of animal fats, which get stuck in the intestines. Avoid foods that are fried, packaged, processed, and white or refined sugar and its byproducts.
Your life habits should be those that bring you health.
- Sleeping well regenerates the skin’s cells, which is nourished and purified while you rest. If you don’t rest well, you skin will suffer from it.
- You should also try to exercise. This not only promotes circulation, but it oxygenates the skin, filling it with nutrients. Exercising helps release stress and emotions like anxiety, pressure, repressed anger, etc., which could decrease the quality of your defense system.
- Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and irritating and sugar-sweetened drink.
Healing habits for rosacea skin:
- Avoid exposure to sun rays. You must use sunscreen, and apply aloe vera cream after washing your face.
- Use soft soaps, but do not use them too much. It’s best to wash your face with mineral water and softly dry it with a special towel.
- Avoid tension or emotional stress.
- Do not expose yourself to very hot or cold places.
- Avoid using cosmetics that are not natural, or that contain alcohol.
- Avoid overusing medications.
- Apply green clay 2 or 3 times a week to help regulate skin acidity. Clay is also a cellular regenerator. After applying the clay, apply aloe vera gel or cream, or tepezcohuite or honey cream.
Healing juice recipes to fight rosacea:
- 3 small red tomatoes
- One glass of cucumber juice
- 2 radishes
- 1 tablespoon of linseed
Blend everything and drink in small sips, without straining. You can alternate the ingredients.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 01/07/2018
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