Although confident, I find that I have always been prone to blushing, even from an early age. Having read up on rosacea or facial flushing as it’s also known, I have discovered some great tips to help reduce it and the good news is, they are easy to do at home.
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.’ So if rosacea is ‘literally’ leaving you red in the face, it’s time to try these tips for yourself.
If you’re hot or stressed, likely this will show in your face and flare-ups will get worse. Simple things such as opening a window to get some cool air, using a cold compress to bring your temperature down or just trying to remain calm (understand this is sometimes easier said then done), will help to make it much less noticeable. Out of all my steps to reducing rosacea, if you can get a handle on this one, it should really help.
Understand the triggers that cause flare-ups
Many have ‘triggers’ that can lead to flare-ups. For me, it’s mainly alcohol and cheese – two of my favourite things – typical! I notice if I eat/ drink 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 go easy on the cocktails 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!
Vitamin E works a treat
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 helped to even out my skin tone.
Say no to 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.
Easy on the 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 – wouldn’t that be fantastic!