Rosacea is a skin infection affecting mostly women, with onset usually between thirty and sixty years of age. The symptoms include redness around the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin, accompanied by small spots and whiteheads. At the same time, the surface of the skin remains very dry and sensitive. The face may also feel hot, and the feeling is made worse by sunlight, spicy food, alcohol, sweating, and severe stress.

Rosacea is typically caused by extended periods of stress or pressure, with gut health and immunity also playing their part. Long periods of stress affect the body’s hormonal balance, gut health, and lower immunity. The causes for the affliction are comprehensive, in other words, and a holistic approach to its treatment – taking external, internal, as well as mental aspects into consideration – is crucial.

External treatment of the infection aims at hydrating, calming and cooling the skin. The treatment should strengthen and balance the hydrolipidic film, which forms the protective layer of the skin. Very strong or alkaline cleansers, such as soap or salt, should be avoided in order not to damage the layer. The right cleanser, a hydrating toner, and a calming serum, as well as a good moisturizer, are key ingredients in the treatment of rosacea.

Wash your face in the evening using a mild cleansing milk. After rinsing, apply a generous amount of toner, followed by a cooling and hydrating serum to reduce redness. After the serum, apply 3-4 drops of nutrient rich plant oil to the skin by massaging it gently. Finally, a moisturizer with a high water and low oil content is applied to the skin. The treatment can be boosted two or three times a week with a cooling, redness reducing mask; make sure to avoid mechanical exfoliates or picking at your skin.

There is no need to use a cleanser in the morning, simply wiping the skin with a cotton pad dipped in toner or micellar water is enough. This is followed by a serum and a hydrating fluid. With rosacea, it is very important to protect your skin using physical sunscreens; a good option is a BB-cream with an SPF.

I have chosen products for the Beauty Guide that have helped clients with rosacea to regain good skin health without the use of medication.

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