Friday, July 27, 2012

Treat Rosacea Naturally with Home Remedies and Supplements


A ruddy complexion of many fair skinned people may not be a healthy glow; it could be a sign of rosacea. Although there isn’t any cure, rosacea symptoms can be effectively controlled by following a rosacea diet and certain specific home remedies. Treatment for rosacea predominantly comprises of vitamin and mineral supplementation and good skin care.

What is Rosacea? 
Red Blotches of Rosacea
A skin condition that is relatively common and affects fair skinned people. It is typically characterized by redness of the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. The disorder is commoner in women than in men; however, the symptoms tend to be more severe in men. 

Rosacea Symptoms and Causes

Some of the commonly observed symptoms associated with this condition include the following, 
  • Recurrent patches of redness on the cheeks, chin, forehead and nose
  • Tiny blood vessels may be seen under the skin
  • You may feel as if the skin is pulled tight across the face.
  • Bumpiness and swelling
  • Eyes become red, blood shot and itchy
  • In severe cases, the nose may develop extra tissue
The condition occurs when the blood vessels in the skin lose their elasticity and dilate easily; sometimes permanently. This may occur due to genetic reasons or environmental factors. An abnormality in the blood is a possible cause as well. Hot and spicy foods and beverages, alcohol, stress, caffeine, nicotine, vigorous exercises and hormonal changes and certain medications are significant triggers.

Home Remedies and Supplements or Rosacea

Vitamin and mineral supplements are known to be of immense help in the effective management of the condition. Given that, it is a chronic condition, treatment needs to be continued indefinitely. Also, it can take up to a month before initial improvement is seen.
 
  • Vitamin A: vitamin A is very essential for a healthy skin. An insufficiency of the vitamin makes the skin cells hard and the protective effect of the mucus declines. 25000 I.U. per day is recommended for 2 months; thereafter reduce the dosage after conferring with your physician.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin damage. It also strengthens the membranes that line the blood vessels and the connective tissue between skin cells. Vitamin C also reduces the release of histamine, which widens blood vessels in response to an allergen or an allergic reaction.1000mg thrice daily is advocated.
  • Vitamin B: vitamin B complex deficiency is very common in people having rosacea; thus supplementation is necessary.
  • Zinc: Zinc helps heal the top layer of the skin and regulates levels of vitamin A in the blood. 30 mg per day is advocated.
  • Flax seeds:  Flax seeds are packed with essential fatty acids that help decrease inflammation, and regulate prostaglandins, which stimulate contraction of blood vessels. Have 3 spoons of flax seeds daily.
Chamomile Tea Wash
Rosacea Natural Cures and Treatment

There are certain useful tips that can help prevent and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with the condition,
 
  • You must wear sunscreen when you leave the house. It helps protect the skin from sun damage and wards off inflammation.
  • Use grease-less and fragrance free make up and skin products. Do not use astringents on the face. Never rub your face after washing.
  • Chamomile and calendula tea is an effective home remedy .Make a strong tea using herbs chamomile and calendula and a cup of hot water. Let this tea sit for 20 minutes; then strain and cool. Use this as a face wash everyday.
  • Local application of tree tea oil is also vital in the management of the condition. While tree tea oil is more potent in management of acne vulgaris ( a relatively lesser severe version), it can provide short term relief.
     

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