April was Rosacea Awareness Month. And if you missed out, you’re in luck - our favorite natural redhead is back to talk rosacea!
Cofounder of the very first online beauty magazine, Candice Sabatini of Beauty News NYC, is back on Just Ask David to break down the types of rosacea and what you can do to reduce the appearance of flare-ups -- no makeup needed!
What Causes Rosacea?
Rosy cheeks are cute, but not so much when your entire face is beet red.
If your rosiness is of the beet variety, don’t fret.
Actually, over 16 million people in the United States experience rosacea - and the vast majority of sufferers are fair-skinned women over the age of 30.
So what’s the cause of rosacea, then? Why is it that some are more prone to flare-ups than others?
“Some people say that it’s a skin condition,” Candice says. “Other people will say it’s an internal condition that stems from the gut and shows up on the skin."
Experts are split over the cause: is it an immune system disorder or a skin condition? No matter what you think the answer is, Candice has a few solutions.
Controlling Rosacea Flare-Ups
Plenty of people with chronic rosacea have accepted it as a part of life because they’ve heard a doctor or friend say that there isn’t a cure for it.
But that doesn’t mean that rosacea has to rule your life.
“People think, ‘Oh, I have a flare-up’ and there’s nothing that can be done, and that’s not true. It can’t be cured, but it can be managed,” Candice clarifies.
We know now that rosacea is can be caused by gut inflammation - so it only makes sense that diet plays a huge role in flare-ups. Control you diet, control your rosacea!
“Everyone who has rosacea has trigger foods,” Candice explains. “The most common trigger foods are spicy foods and alcohol.”
Yikes. I guess that means no more Taco & Tequila Tuesdays.
Before You Head Out the Door - Last Minute Quick Fixes for Rosacea
Okay, so you know a few tricks to calm rosacea flare-ups now. But all of those solutions are really for the long-term.
What about sudden flare-ups when you’re getting ready for a night on the town?
“Vitamin C is great for everybody’s skin… but it’s really great for rosacea,” Candice suggests. “It has to be a fat-soluble vitamin C… not your typical ascorbic acid, which has a water-soluble base.”
Also, you can use green or chamomile tea as a compress to alleviate some of that redness. These solutions can even fit in your purse!
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