I have always been prone to blushing, even from an early age, although confident, I would flush at the smallest thing. However I didn’t really link it to rosacea, but recently I’ve been reading plenty of articles with steps to reducing rosacea. Rosacea, or facial flushing, is when parts of your face including nose and cheeks are constantly red. It may be that you have raised, itchy bumps or pustules and broken capillaries, or you may just flush red with certain ‘triggers.’ Luckily, there are some great tips to help reduce the effects of rosacea that are easy to do at home, and take it from me, they do help and make a difference.

Understand your triggers

Many have ‘triggers’ that can lead to flare-ups. For me, it’s mainly alcohol and cheese – two of my favourite things – typical! Although spicy food can sometimes be a pain too. I notice if I eat a lot of these things I’m unusually flushed, and sometimes it takes hours or even a day or two to go down. Alcohol constricts the capillaries in your face and can cause flushing even in those without rosacea, so do try to limit your drink where possible. If you think something is a trigger, try cutting it out from your diet completely for a few days and then watch how your skin reacts, then slowly reintroduce it. Sometimes, you can get away with eating small quantities of the food!

Keep cool, calm and carry on

This is a key way to reduce facial flushing. If you’re hot or stressed, flare-ups can get worse. Try opening a window, using a cold compress on your forehead and cheeks or just remain calm, it’s much less noticeable. Out of all my steps to reducing rosacea, if you can get a handle on this one, it should really help .

Use Vitamin E

I only started using Vitamin E oil a few months ago and the difference it has made to my skin is really amazing. I prefer to use the one that is blended with wheatgerm oil for a lighter finish, but you can also use pure Vitamin E too. A drop or two blended lightly across your problem areas at night is ideal and could help reduce redness so when you wake up the rosacea is a lot less obvious or in some cases, not even there. It definitely makes your skin softer and smoother, so makeup is easier to apply, and it’s evened out my skin tone.

Eat for the skin you want

Foods really can help strengthen your skin from within and antioxidant rich foods are good for this. Sweet potatoes always seem to banish my breakouts.and spinach, broccoli, red, green, yellow and orange peppers and other brightly colored fruits and vegetables also work well. A word of warning though – acidic fruits such as limes and lemons can make rosacea more noticeable in some people, whilst tomatoes are another known trigger, so some trial and error may be in order.

Cut out processed foods

Processed foods are not good for you full stop and meats and pates for example, might be tasty, but they could be triggering your rosacea. Many processed meats contain sodium nitrite, which can bring on headaches and also rosacea flare ups. Try to limit your intake of these foods or cut them out completely and see if you notice a difference in your skin.

Limit your makeup

This is a double edged sword because although heavy foundation can hide rosacea and acne, you know it’s not good for your skin. A light layer of foundation just blended in the areas where you need redness coverage, and a little concealer are your best bet. If you’re working to heal your skin in other ways, you should find you can wear less makeup most days, and you might even feel confident enough to go without altogether – lucky you!

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