4 Ways To Naturally Manage Rosacea
Rosacea affects approximately 45 million people around the world. Despite how common the condition is, 76% of patients report suffering from low self-esteem as a result of facial redness. Although the first line of defense should always involve visiting a dermatologist, natural remedies can help reduce the appearance of rosacea in addition to medical treatment by reducing triggers. Try these four natural approaches to rosacea management.
Eat your greens (And your oranges, yellows, and reds too).
“According to recent studies, increasing your intake of Vitamin A will slow the thickening of facial skin,” mentions Dr. Aron Gewitzman, a board-certified dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. There is also evidence that Vitamin B deficiencies are common in rosacea patients. Both of these vitamins are found in dark, leafy greens like spinach and broccoli, as well as in citrus fruits, bananas, and avocados.
Switch to iced coffee.
“While hot food and drinks may trigger rosacea in some patients, a study published by JAMA Dermatology found that caffeine helped reduce blood vessel size, thereby minimizing the appearance of redness,” Dr. Gewirtzman shares. Next time you’re at the coffee shop, opt for an iced drink!
Take the time to meditate.
If you know stress is one of your triggers (and it is for most), find ways to relax during the day. “It’s difficult to simply tell a patient simply ‘don’t be stressed’ but a proper work/life balance and proper sleep are important,” says Dr. Gewirtzman. Mindfulness is one of the fastest-growing self-help trends supported by therapists. Try one of these free meditations offered by Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, a preeminent mindfulness expert, to manage daily worries.
Wear hats and scarves.
Protect your skin fashionably with a wide-brimmed hat. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says UV radiation from the sun is a well-known aggravator of rosacea symptoms, so if you have to be out during the brightest hours of the day, be sure to cover up in addition to sunscreen. “Use clothing that is labeled UPF 50+ or a UV-blocking fabric spray for an extra layer of protection,” suggests Dr. Gewirtzman.
Remember to always consult with your dermatologist when making lifestyle changes to manage your rosacea. Sanova Dermatology is here to answer any questions you have about your condition and provide expert treatment plans. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.