Rosacea is a common skin condition characterised by “flushed” or “rosy” cheeks. Rosacea skins are very reactive to heat, flushing and telangiectasia. Rosacea is a common skin condition affecting the face (cheeks, chin and forehead), causing a combination of redness, papules, and swelling. While rosacea can be persistent, there are holistic approaches that can help manage and alleviate its symptoms naturally.
What causes rosacea?
The exact cause of rosacea remains unknown, but there may be genetic factors involved, especially in those with a history of sensitive skin. Common triggers are things like heat, spicy foods, alcohol, prolonged sun exposure, poor or imbalanced gut health, and stress. An imbalance in the skin’s immune system, increased production of antimicrobial peptides, and higher levels of demodex mites on the skin are also thought to contribute to the condition.
Gut Health, Diet & Food Triggers - such as foods that heat or cause inflammation in the skin.
Topical & Environmental Triggers - Prolonged Sun Exposure, Temperature Extremes (going from hot to cold often/too quickly)
Rosacea typically progresses through three stages: early warning signs of flushing and blushing, persistent redness with visible blood vessels (telangiectasia), and then the “acne like” appearance. In advanced cases rhinophyma may develop, an enlarged and unshapely nose.
How do you treat rosacea?
Dermatologists often recommend a combination of topical and oral antibiotics to reduce inflammation and manage symptoms. Laser treatments may be used to close off dilated blood vessels and address rhinophyma. While medical treatments can provide initial relief, a holistic approach targets the root causes of rosacea within our control, and promotes long-term skin health.
If you are serious about your skin, I’d suggest booking in a consult so we can tailor a skin & lifestyle programme specific to you and your needs. We will coach you all the way!
Healing rosacea naturally involves a comprehensive approach that addresses triggers, improves gut health, and uses gentle and skin-supporting skincare products. Healing rosacea holistically requires patience and commitment. You can expect initial flares, but by making positive lifestyle changes with our slow beauty perspective, you can manage and heal your rosacea holistically, achieving healthier and calmer skin over time.
Skin conditions often point to digestive issues, and rosacea is no exception. Addressing gut health is crucial for those with rosacea.
Rosacea is so commonly gut related. In all the rosacea we’ve worked with, gut health is always a factor. Along with stress, this is often one of the hardest things to change - but it’s also the game changer. We’ve seen time and time again how changing your diet (for the better) can totally transform your skin game!
Certain foods can heat and inflame the skin from within, exacerbating rosacea symptoms. Rosacea sufferers should avoid black tea, coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, hot curries, and oranges. Replacing coffee with low-caffeine alternatives like green tea and incorporating herbal teas can be beneficial. Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) supplements, such as Bestow Beauty Plus Oil, support skin barrier function and overall skin health.
Remember, results don’t happen overnight! When you tweak your diet, give it some time – around 6 to 8 weeks – for those changes to reflect on your skin. Stay committed to it every day, even if it feels like nothing’s happening. Consistency is key here. Trust the process, and sooner than you think, you’ll see those positive changes shining through on your skin! Keep at it, and you’ll get there!
Add EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) into your diet ASAP!
Bestow Beauty Plus Oil is your answer here. Essential Fatty Acids. Your moisturiser from the inside out. This gives your body GOOD QUALITY oils that can protect, heal and provide anti-inflammatory properties within in the skin. This one is so important! This is the first supplement we would ask you to take. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are one of the most important nutrients not only for general health, but also for skin health.
Understand fish oil is so beneficial for general health, but does not contain any of the EFA’s required for skin health.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) deficiency is one of the most common causes of skin problems. Because EFA’s are responsible for oil regulation, a deficiency can present as either oily or dry skin and will contribute to premature ageing. Bestow Beauty Oil’s are rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) which bestow health and radiance from deep within the skin’s layers. It will change the quality (not quantity) of oil in your skin to create a smooth and anti-inflammatory oil. It helps the skin to hold hydration, keep the skin supple and cool. One tablespoon daily is all you need.
Check for other nutrient deficiencies in your 6 main essential nutrients for skin.
Water, Essential Fatty Acids (Omegas), Vitamin B, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C. Many of them need another to work at their optimum level. Generally, you are only as strong as your weakest link. (i.e. there’s not much use for all those good EFA’s if you don’t have enough Vit B to even use them!)
Some food and drinks have a heating effect on the skin. These foods make skin conditions (such as eczema and rosacea) worse by increasing any redness and inflammation present. It causes the skin to appear reddened and sensitised. These foods are called ‘vasodilators’ and they heat your skin by increasing the blood flow through your fine capillary system.
Avoid foods known to heat and/or irritate the skin (curries, chillies, oranges, strawberries, alcohol, an excess of red meat etc.) and look for cooling alternatives.
Start your day with half a lemon squeezed into warm (or room temp) water (Why?). Make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day. Add lemon, cucumber, and/or mint to your water, or try herbal teas.
How is your gut health? Are you eliminating correctly?
Our gut is home to a complex eco-system of bacteria and fungus. Poor diet and ill health can deplete our colonies of beneficial microbes leading to a disordered gut. Bestow Gut Love + is specially formulated to address skin challenges at the root by restoring gut health.
A new wave of scientific gut research is highlighting the direct connection between gut health and skin health. You cannot truly heal inflammatory skin conditions like acne, rosacea and eczema or revitalize dull, lack-lustre skin without first rebalancing the gut.
Furthermore, when the digestive system struggles with constipation, toxins and waste products can build up, potentially leading to inflammation throughout the body, including the skin. Additionally, an imbalanced gut microbiome may play a role in triggering immune responses that contribute to rosacea flare-ups, and flare-ups from other skin conditions (such as eczema and acne).
Bestow Gut Love + is a world-class synbiotic powder, including probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes to restore the gut and renew skin from within. Rich in fibre, it promotes regular elimination of toxins, creating the inner environment for clear, glowing skin.
If you are on a skin care programme, a course of Janesce Aperitif (herbal tonic) to help cleanse your blood, liver and gut. This is great at taking heat out of the skin - but is best prescribed by your therapist.
We want to use healing, nourishing, and protective products on our skins.
What is coming into contact with your skin, that might be stripping or irritating it further? Cleaning products, fabrics, perfumed products, soaps and foaming cleansers, chlorinated water.
Avoid Harsh Products & Chemicals
Avoid using products that compromise the skin barrier and opt for nourishing and supportive skincare products. We have skin care in both our Janesce & Bestow Beauty range which are a hydrating and healing, and designed for sensitive and inflamed skin.
Foaming cleansers and soaps will strip the natural oils from the skin. Avoid, avoid, avoid! Use cream or oil cleansers only. Foaming cleansers, soaps and anti-septic washes generally have a pH of around 8-10. This is too alkaline for the skin! These strip the skin of it’s natural oils, and cause more harm then good. Keep that skin barrier and acid mantle in tact as much as you can and choose a cream, lotion or oil cleanser.
For Rosacea, we recommend Avocado & Sesame Oil; which can also be used as a facial oil moisturiser.
With rosacea, until you speak to your therapist, no exfoliating at all!
Be aware that it may be best to avoid moisturisers and products with SPF, as the waxes can irritate the skin and cause flare ups. This is why we choose facial oils when healing rosacea.
Choose your professional treatments carefully
Avoid facial treatments that may worsen inflammation, and focus on positive dietary changes and addressing environmental factors. After the skin strengthens, consider gentle facial treatments with products suitable for sensitive skin. Our Wellness Facials can be tailored specifically for you and your rosacea.
Keep the skin hydrated. ALWAYS!
Topical hydration is essential for repairing the skin barrier. Avoid letting water dry on your skin without using a moisturiser or oil. Wet the skin and lock it in! Add Skin Soaking to your regime asap. After soaking and/or showering, apply a body oil or moisturiser to lock in the moisture and hydration.
Rosacea Skin Routine
IN THE MORNING:Soak your skin with warm water and a cloth, use a few drops of SK1 concentrate and press into damp skin, mix one pump of Soothing Mist and one pump of Avocado & Sesame Oil into the palm of your hands, mix together and apply to the face and décolleté. This mimics your natural skin barrier, will lock in hydration and protect your skin from the elements.
Repeat the full routine during the day, or use just the Soothing Mist on it’s own when you feel hot or flushed.
IN THE EVENING: First cleanse your skin with Avocado & Sesame Oil and remove with a warm damp cloth, then follow with your same morning routine. Later, you can try the cream cleanser Rose Petal Cleanser.
All products mentioned in the morning routine are available in our Janesce Repair & Glow Pack. This pack lasts around 2 months and is a great way to trial the products.
Stress is a significant factor in skin inflammation. This can be one of the biggest challenges for many rosacea sufferers. Self-care and maintaining a healty “work/life balance” is especially important, and usually where the biggest changes can occur. It’s important to find healthy ways to relax and manage stress, not just for rosacea, but for your life!
When it comes to dealing with stress, deep breathing can work wonders. Take a moment to focus on your breath, inhale deeply through your nose, and exhale slowly through your mouth. This simple yet powerful technique helps activate your body’s relaxation response, calming your mind and reducing stress levels. You can practice deep breathing exercises anywhere, anytime, making it a convenient tool to combat stress in the midst of a busy day.
Meditation is an excellent practice to find inner peace and cultivate mindfulness. By setting aside a few minutes each day to meditate, you can create a sense of calm amidst life’s chaos. Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably, and clear your mind of distractions. Let your thoughts come and go without judgment. Regular meditation not only reduces stress but also enhances your ability to manage challenges with a more composed and centered approach. We love the Insight Timer App!
For those moments of acute stress, Rescue Remedy Spray can be a true savior. This quick and convenient stress-relief remedy contains natural ingredients known for their calming properties. Just a few spritzes can help ease tension and anxiety, providing a sense of comfort during particularly stressful situations. Keep one in your bag or desk drawer for easy access whenever stress strikes.
Exercise doesn’t have to be intense to help you combat stress; even gentle activities like walking, yoga, or tai chi can make a significant difference. Engaging in physical activity releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood boosters, which can alleviate stress and improve your overall well-being. Incorporate a bit of gentle exercise into your daily routine, and you’ll notice a positive shift in your mood and stress levels.
Time out for yourself
Amidst life’s hustle and bustle, don’t forget to carve out some time for yourself. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a warm bath, enjoying a Spa Facial or Massage pursuing a hobby, or simply sitting quietly with a cup of tea, allowing yourself moments of relaxation and self-reflection is essential for managing stress. Perhaps you’d like to start a gratitude journal? Prioritize self-care and treat yourself with the same kindness and attention you offer to others – you deserve it! Taking regular timeouts for yourself will rejuvenate your mind and spirit, leaving you better equipped to handle whatever comes your way.
So, where do I start?
Anywhere you like. Any step forward is still a step forward!
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, how about just booking in a consultation with us first?
Embracing a holistic approach to healing rosacea can lead to lasting relief from its symptoms. By addressing triggers, improving gut health, and adopting a nourishing skincare routine, you can take control of your skin’s well-being. Embrace slow beauty, be patient, love yourSELF, and commit to positive changes to achieve healthier, calmer, and more radiant skin naturally.
If you are ready to make the changes needed, I am here to support you.