A Holistic Approach to Rosacea
At AM Skin Health & Plastic Surgery, we believe that good skin care includes addressing health in general. Often, rosacea is a sign of inflammation in the body characterized by redness of the facial skin, swelling, broken capillaries, acne pustules, and can even cause irritated, watery eyes.
Integrative practices such as Ayurveda, functional medicine, and naturopathy have linked rosacea to specific triggers and often see links to other ailments such as “leaky gut.” The digestive tract functions as a barrier to our immune system, and when health is not optimal, this barrier can break down, causing inflammation in our bodies. Because the skin is a window into the health of the gut, skin issues such as rosacea can indicate poor digestive and immune function. Flare-ups of rosacea symptoms such as redness, swelling and acne can also be triggered by a food intolerances (i.e. gluten, dairy, grains, or soy.)
Other factors that trigger rosacea flares include:
- Heat – hot baths, sun, warm temperatures/environment, hot drinks
- Medications such as vasodilators and topical steroids
- Alcoholic beverages
- Medical conditions (menopause, frequent flushing)
- Skin care products that contain alcohol and witch hazel
Simple lifestyle changes to improve Rosacea:
- Take probiotics or eat fermented foods (sauerkraut, kefir, miso) to help to maintain healthy bacteria and flora in the gut, and healthy skin.
- Incorporate healthy fats in your diet (chia seeds, walnuts, flaxseed). Omega 3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation systemically and may benefit rosacea.
- Reduce sugar intake. Sugar can cause inflammation and more severe rosacea flares.
- Stay hydrated – drink water
- Reduce stress – chronic stress promotes inflammation
April is designated Rosacea Awareness Month by the National Rosacea Society. If you are interested in learning more about how your skin is affected by your health and wellness, schedule an appointment with us!