If so, you may have an inflammatory skin condition known as Rosacea. Rosacea typically occurs in light-skinned women between the ages of 30 to 50. The most visible symptoms are characterized by facial redness on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead.
The earliest indication of rosacea begins with redness or flushing on the cheeks. These symptoms may come and go intermittently. However with time, the redness will become more persistent and longer-lasting. Small blood vessels may appear as well as pimples and acne-like lesions. The nose and chin may also show similar skin eruptions. Additionally, the skin may burn and/or sting. Rough dry patches may also be present.
The following factors are known to aggravate the condition:
- Spicy foods
- Exposure to temperature extremes
- Emotional stress
- Foods that contain histamines* (examples: tomato and pineapple)
While there is no cure for rosacea, it can be managed to minimize outbreaks. To begin with, be sure to cleanse the skin with a gentle, non-irritating product. Avoid all harsh exfoliants, scrubs and mechanical brushes which will further aggravate the already sensitized skin. The goal in treating rosacea is to soothe the inflammation with the use of use calming ingredients.
Women with rosacea have skin cells that are nutritionally-deficient as well as depleted of antioxidants. The body’s response to these increased nutritional demands is to vasodilate, or open the blood vessels in that area to allow more nutrients to be delivered to the skin cells. This is what causes the redness associated with rosacea. Antioxidants in the diet as well as those topically applied to the skin are very helpful. Please note that although Vitamin C is an antioxidant, certain forms of it may be too acidic for the sensitive skin of rosacea sufferers and should be avoided.
In addition to topically applied antioxidants, ingredients such as green tea, licorice and chamomile will help to further calm the inflammation. Mineral makeup and sunscreen should also be used.
*NOTE: For a more in-depth discussion of histamines, along with a comprehensive list of foods that contain them, click here to read an article written by Dr. Amy Myers author of the book, “The Autoimmune Solution.”
Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers online consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.