¿Red face? maybe rosacea…

Rosacea is a common skin disorder suffered by more than 14 million Americans. It is a chronic disorder associated with excessive redness of the skin, acne-like pustules and lumps, skin sensitivity, visible veins and severe inflammation. Rosacea is characterized by episodes of remission (symptom-free times), relapse (periods wherein you are not experiencing any symptoms at all) and flare-ups (periods wherein triggers induce exacerbation of symptoms). 

Rosacea is an incurable disease. There is still no treatment which can rid your body of this disorder. In caring for a rosacea diagnosed client, what you need is get rid of the tripwires. These are factors which can deliberately cause flare-ups or remissions – the single time frame which you don’t ever want to experience.

Tripwire One: Foods and Drinks

· Spicy foods
· Hot drinks
· Temperature-hot foods
· Alcohol
· Some citrus fruits such as plums

These foods and drinks can inadvertently cause your symptoms to become worse than ever. Hot liquids, for example, can cause severe flushing; while salsa and oriental sauces cause a rise body temperature. You can’t get rid of food. Eating is a basic need. Here are some tips in whipping up a rosacea-friendly diet.

· If you can’t avoid intake of alcohol, learn to taper down alcohol doses. A glass of wine in a week may just suffice a month’s craving.
· Substitute cayenne, paprika and peppers with other rosacea-friendly condiments and spices such as cumin, oregano, thyme, marjoram, cinnamon and basil. Do not overuse. Rather mix a small amount of each in your meals.
· Reduce the heat in your mugs of coffee or hot choco. If you can’t avoid toning down the temperature, reduce your cups from 4-5 to 1-2.

Tripwire Two: Weather

· Hot, cold and humid weathers
· Sunlight
· Wind

Exposure to sun, warmth, moisture and extremes in weather can trigger rosacea flare-ups. Some tips in protecting your skin are as follows:

· Wear sunscreens and sunblocks with at least 15% SPF. Use a formulation that is hypoallergenic or made to suit children’s and babies’ skin. This can avoid irritation.
· If the environment is hot or humid, stay in cool or air-conditioned areas. Sip cold drinks or chew on ice chips to relieve discomfort.
· Fight off the cold season with wearing appropriate clothing – scarves and sweaters.
· Use a gentle moisturizer to keep your skin from drying and chapping.

Tripwire Three: Emotions

· Stress
· Sudden emotions – anger, burst of laughter, embarrassment

More than physical stress, emotional and mental stresses can render you susceptible to rosacea flare-ups. Deal with emotions and stress better by:

· Learning relaxation techniques such as yoga and deep breathing techniques.
· Get enough amounts of sleep and rest.
· Do stretching exercises to relax the muscles.
· Learn to prioritize your work. Handle stress at work through time management.
· Spend some time away. Pamper yourself in a spa, treat yourself out in a day, enjoy salons and hang out with your friends.

Rosacea maybe frustrating, but it’s not the end of everything. Learn to relax and let go. Thinking about rosacea is more distressing than a trigger.