Once rosacea has been diagnosed, it is unlikely to ever go away completely, although the extent to which it affects sufferers lives can differ enormously.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition; the reasons it occurs in some people but not others is still not completely clear, although it tends to show up more regularly in women over the age of 30, who are fair-skinned and of Scandinavian ancestry. (Which is definitely not to say that men, or people of colour, don’t get rosacea: they do, even if sometimes it can be harder to get diagnosed.)
Unfortunately, rosacea can get progressively worse, especially if it’s not managed effectively. Little spider veins can become visible, and skin, especially on the nose, can become permanently flushed and thickened, so it’s important to find a management plan that works for you, however hard that might be.
However, while the condition never really goes away, and can worsen as you age, it is possible to curtail the length, severity and frequency of rosacea flare-ups, especially if with a milder case of rosacea.
The good news is that an angry flare-up of flushed, painful, burning cheeks, or pustules on your nose or round your mouth is unlikely to last forever! It's also possible for rosacea to go into remission for extended periods of time.
Although it can be a frustrating and challenging process, finding skincare that’s compatible with your sensitive skin and identifying what flares up your face, it’s definitely worth persisting with.
So what’s the best way of managing your rosacea? Here are our five top tips for working out your own personal rosacea management plan!
- Find nourishing daily skincare that won’t irritate your sensitive skin, ie is free from perfumes and irritant ingredients.
- Look at how best to manage your stress levels: heightened emotions are a very common trigger for rosacea flares.
- Identify any foods that flares up your skin: alcohol, caffeine, spices, hot drinks, high-histamine foods such as processed meats are all common triggers.
- Be aware of how your environment affects you and learn how best to regulate it: heat, direct sunshine, dry air, cold winds, humidity, whether inside or out, will all have different effects on your rosacea.
- Ask your doctor about any other treatments they can suggest: antibiotic creams, antihistamines, even laser treatments.
Balmonds have four different emollients that are particularly suitable for rosacea and which you can use in combination to keep your face well-nourished and well-hydrated, plus a non-irritant natural shampoo and body wash.
Balmonds Intensive Facial Oil with rosehip, palmarosa & chamomile (£22 for 30ml): great for night-time use
Balmonds Daily Moisturising Cream with shea butter, hemp & calendula (from £13.99 for 100ml): a great neutral unscented moisturiser for daily hydration
Balmonds Cooling Cream with lavender, aloe & menthol (£19 for 100ml): for calming flushed skin
Skin Salvation balm with beeswax, hemp & chamomile (from £7.99 for 30ml): for intensive hydration
Balmonds Natural Shampoo & Body Wash with nettle & chamomile (£19 for 200ml): good as a shower gel or & facial wash for super sensitive skin
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