Rosacea is a skin problem that can affect patients as early as their 20’s. It presents as redness of the face that begins with easy flushing and can be exacerbated by heat, sun exposure, hot beverages, spicy foods, cheese, alcohol, exercise, certain medications and stress. Rosacea most commonly affects the cheeks and nose areas but can also affect the forehead. Patients with rosacea will have prominent facial vessels, ranging from capillaries at the skin surface to larger vessels around the nose and cheeks. Rosacea is often genetically inherited. Rosacea is also triggered by a sensitivity to demodex mites that live on our skin surface. Patients may also develop Acne Rosacea. Later stages of rosacea can include rhinophyma, where vascular inflammation leads to lymphatic drainage problems and the appearance of cottage cheese like texture and puffiness of the nose and cheeks.
Treatments for Rosacea include laser treatments to eliminate the vascular overgrowth and to reduce inflammation. Medical prescription treatments may also be used to help with symptoms and prevention.
Rosacea can indicate inflammation of the body and may be related to a “leaky gut”. The gut lining is a major component of our immune system and when not functioning optimally, can lead to inflammation throughout the body, including the skin.
Besides seeing our expert providers at Moksha Derm for medical and cosmetic management of Rosacea, these are some things to do at home that can help improve rosacea and overall health:
Avoid alcohol, hot beverages, hot baths, spicy foods, cheese, stress and any other triggers that may be leading to skin inflammation, flushing and redness.
Take probiotics/prebiotics and eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir and miso to help maintain healthy gut bacteria and flora.
Eat healthy fats such as chia seeds, walnuts, flaxseed, omega 3 fatty acids.
Reduce sugar intake.