10 Things I Did to Rid my Rosacea

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Today I am very happy with my skin. I have never seen it so clear. Rosacea is a chronic condition, so it might not be the case that it stays like this. Hopefully it’ll last a while and either way, I have found many ways to manage the symptoms before they get really bad.

Quercetin Supplements

Quercetin is a type of flavonoid antioxidant that’s found in plant foods, including leafy greens, tomatoes, berries and broccoli. I am a big fan of quercetin. I noticed a huge difference in the flushing part of my rosacea when I started taking the supplements. I found that taking small doses of it before I ate best.

Azaliac Acid

I was prescribed this by the GP after trying a few different topical treatments to no avail. I definitely think it helped with the little spots and evened out the lumpy areas. I am prescribed a gel, but you can purchase a lower dose suspension by The Ordinary Company which I have linked above.

Pure Potions Daily Moisturizer

I was gifted with this product by Pure Potions and it definitely changed my skin. It stopped looking so angry and feeling hot. This brand is great for people with sensitive or dry skin. I always put it on before the azaliac acid to minimise the drying out. It is cruelty  free and all natural ingredients are used.

Ranitidine

I found I was flushing whenever I had a drink and I hated it. I don’t drink that often anymore, but still really enjoy a social drink and wasn’t willing to stop. I then found a thread on Reddit about Rosacea and ranitidine. Apparently, it is street knowledge that if you take one tablet 20 minutes before having a drink, it stops the flush. I thought I’d give this a try, as I already have to take things for stomach acid. It did seem to work for me, but I don’t make a habit out of it. It’s best to speak to your doctor about medications before taking them.

Rose Hip Oil

I use rose hip oil everywhere now. I swear by the Trilogy one. I really think this is what took my skin from looking good to excellent. I think it has helped heal leftover scars from spots and gives me a lovely glow. I cannot get enough of this product.

Polaar Arctic Cotton Scrub

I was left with lots of dry flakey bits after spotty episodes and felt like I needed a good scrub. It’s hard to find scrubs which are suitable for rosacea. A lot of them aggravate it and make my spider veins come up. This one is fine and very gentle, but very effective. It also smells amazing. It is my favourite smell. I try to limit myself to using it twice a week, because I just want to be smothered in the smell everyday.

FODMAP Diet

I took a food allergy test a few years ago because I suffer terribly with bloating and general tummy troubles. I had positive reactions to dairy, egg and gluten. I cut out dairy and eggs but ignored the gluten, because I thought it would be too hard.

I was still getting a lot of bloating and also felt that my skin flared up after certain foods, but still wasn’t sure which ones. I decided to try the FODMAP diet after reading a blog by TalontedLex.

It involves cutting out a lot of foods and is extremely hard. I used an app by Kings College which I have linked above, to scan foods to tell me if they were suitable. It was handy when I fancied a treat and there was a long list of ingredients on the packet.

I found that the inflammation in my skin had completely gone after a month of doing it. I really think I put it down to cutting out gluten and soya. I still try to stick to a FODMAP friendly diet, but am less strict if there are traces of some of the high FODMAP foods in something I want to eat. I try to keep meals as simple as possible, and eat in small portions. I no longer feel bloated and the red patches on my skin have gone.

Face Mist

Stopping my face from getting too hot has been a big part of my strategy. I carry around the Trilogy Face Mist with me everywhere I go and have a fews sprays a day. It gives your make up a nice dewy look but also soothes and cools your face instantly. Perfect to stop you drying out in the office!

Not Washing my Face in the Morning

This sounds really weird, but I found using water on my face first thing in the morning seemed to make my face go blotchy. So I switched to just dabbing on cleansing oil. I felt that doing this started to break the cycle of flushing.

Antihistamines

I do think a lot of my issues are allergy based. Before I was diagnosed with Rosacea, I was constantly getting hives on my face. Keeping topped up on certirizine has kept my itchy skin at bay and it also means I’m touching my face a lot less.

 

Rosacea is such a miserable condition but with a good plan of attack hopefully it can be controlled!

Vegan Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

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I love chocolate and I love peanut butter. So of course I love Reese’s. But they’re not so vegan friendly and they also contain soya lecithin, which can cause allergies.

Here’s how you can make your own at home to your own preferences.

Ingredients

350g Chocolate of your choice

100g Peanut Butter of your choice (I used smooth)

50g of Icing Sugar

Splash of Vanilla Essence

Method

  1. Melt down your chocolate in the microwave and pour halfway up into cupcake cases.
  2. Mix the peanut butter, vanilla essence and icing sugar together then add a small spoon of it to the cupcake cases.
  3. Pour on the remaining chocolate up to the top of the cases.
  4. Put in the fridge to set for an hour.
  5. Dust with icing sugar (optional).
  6. Enjoy!

 

Rosacea Supplements

I’ve been trying different combinations of supplements to see the effects they have on my rosacea and general health and I think I’ve finally found my favourites. Do check with your doctor first if you are worried about the suitability of these supplements.

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Vitamin D

Since taking high dose vitamin D spray, I have REALLY noticed a difference. I used to get bugs and colds almost everything month. It has now been a year without having a cold. I am absolutely amazed, as I’ve never known life like this. I currently have my first cold in year, but it is nowhere near as bad as I used to get it. I would be in bed for a week in severe pain. Now I’ve just got a bit of a snuffle and headache. It’s crazy. I fully believe it is the DLux Spray I’ve been using. I go out for regular walks in the sun and take vitamins, but this spray absorbs faster into your bloodstream and gives you a higher dose.

Quercetin

For some people, the reason they flush is because of allergies and their Mast Cells reacting excessively to things. I have a lot of allergies and hypermobilty syndrome, so I think I may be experiencing this in a mild way. I have been prescribed strong antihistamines, but they make me drowsy, so I really wanted to find an alternative. There are many natural antihistamines and one which is very effective for rosacea sufferers is Quercetin. Quercetin is a naturally occurring bioflavonoid which can be found in apples and onions. I find taking a very small amount really helps stop flushing. I can’t tolerate a lot, as it brings on my vertigo.

Spirulina and Chlorella

Spirulina is good for a lot of reasons. It is a good source of iron, rich in protein, supports the immune system and is one of the best sources of iodine. It is also a natural antihistamine, so can be a good alternative to quercetin. Chlorella can boost the friendly bacteria in the gut which can be connected to rosacea.

 

These supplements definitely help me to feel and look good, but do check with your doctor of pharmacist before taking anything new.

Rosacea Toolkit

For as long as I can remember I’ve had trouble with my skin. It’s very inconsistent, so people never believe that I have problems with it. It’s either very good, or having an episode of flushing and breaking out.

I was diagnosed with mild rosacea last year and I like to think I do a pretty good job of managing it and stopping it for developing. I’m currently in ‘remission’ and I put it down to a few things, one of them being my beauty regime.

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Fans!

People often laugh at me and all my fans. I have hand fans for on the move and desk fans for when I’m at home or in an office. My rosacea is always sudden hot flushes, so if I can keep cool, I can hopefully stop the flushing.

Face Mists

I am a big fan of face mists, for their cooling and soothing effects. My favourites are Avène Thermal Water because it really cools my face down quickly and Trilogy Mist Toner, as it keeps my face moisturised. I also use the Clinque Moisture Surge Face Spray.

Moisturisers

In the daytime, I like a light moisturiser to wear under my make up. Clinque Moisture Surge is a firm favourite of mine. It has a light consistency and soaks in very fast, whilst being very moisturising.

In the evening I like to use a slightly richer moisturiser. I love Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream. It’s not too rich but offers a deep moisturising quality. I always wake up with a lovely glow after using it.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil

This oil is a miracle oil. If I’ve had a really bad flair up and my skin has gone very dry, this sorts it out almost instantly. Combining nourishing essential fatty acids with super antioxidants, lycopene and phytosterol, it is deeply moisturising while helping to protect against environmental free radical damage. I also like to use it on an acne marks and other scars.

The first step to dealing with Rosacea is trying to work out your triggers. I find that spicy food, fermented foods, wine, dry heaters and stress are mine. Sometime though, you just have a random flush, so it’s great to get your toolkit ready!

I also find some supplements really helpful with preventing rosacea which are a key part of my toolkit. Have a look here.

My Hypermobility Toolkit

I’ve known I have Hypermobility Syndrome*(edit about reclassification below) since I was 16, so I’m fairly lucky. Many people suffering with this condition don’t get diagnosed until much later in life and damage (both physical and mental) is already done. It can cause chronic pain and fatigue, amongst a lot of other things.

For me, I’m on the milder end of the spectrum and so I have learnt how to manage my condition quite well. You have to be very disciplined with your exercise routine and pacing your day is key (I’m still trying to get the hang of this!)

I have a few go to tools which really help me with exercises and pain relief.

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Foam Roller

I don’t know what I did before I discovered foam rolling. I think everyone should be using a foam roller (*if it is physically possible for them to). A roller can be a valuable part of exercise warmup and cool down routines.

Rolling improves circulation, which gets the body ready for a workout and helps it recover afterward. Also, because rolling breaks down knots that limit range of motion, it preps muscles for stretching.

I find it an invaluable tool to get rid of tightness in the muscles in my legs especially.

Massage Balls

These are popular in yoga and I can see why. I find the spiky yoga balls really helpful to target niggling knots around my shoulder blades. If you don’t have one, tennis balls are also great. All you have to do is lean back on them against a wall and move around until you find the point which is bothering you. Since discovering self trigger point massage, I’ve suffered a lot less with back pain.

I recently bought the stick with the balls on it, which is amazing if you’ve got knots in both should blades! I bought the one above from Tiger.

Resistance Bands

I get pain around my shoulder blades because I’ve let myself become deconditioned recently. As my ligaments are lax in my shoulders and back, I have to make sure my muscles are as strong as the can be. To get my strength back I do a lot of exercise using resistance bands. The key to using these is to do lots of reps regularly, rather than doing something that uses a lot of heavy weight.

Light Hand Weights

As well as using the resistance bands, I also like to use light hand weights to tone my arms.  Using light weights and doing lots of reps can elongate the arm and get rid of bingo wings (I’m still waiting for mine to go!).

Kinesio Tape

If you suffer with any sort of instability or pain I highly recommend kinesio tape. Kinesio Tape alleviates discomfort and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation, reducing pressure while enabling a more effective flow of blood and lymphatic fluid in and out of the target area. It also adds a bit of stability to your joint, which is great if you subluxate them or just feel a bit wobbly!

Swiss Ball

One thing about hypermobility is that it can affect your proprioception. Proprioception is the concept of knowing where your body is in space (body awareness) and the ability to safely maneuver around your environment. It also includes the use of heavy work activities and the ability to stimulate the joint receptors. Therefore, practicing your balance can help with this. Just sitting on a swiss ball and lifting your legs one at a time can really help with this. I also like to do planks on the swiss ball and use it to aid squats against the wall. Doing this means you’re engaging your core, and you won’t be pushing the weight too far forward on your knees.

Heated Bean Bags

As much as you strengthen your muscles and massage out knots, sadly most people with hypermobility are chronic pain sufferers. I am very keen to not go down the medication route (although for some people, it is unavoidable). I find putting heat on my back helps ease it a bit.

Meditation

Meditation can help with distracting yourself from mild pain. I enjoy meditating to help with sleeping if I’m in pain at night and struggling to drift off or if I’m at the osteopath. One thing I would say is, I’ve heard from friends with chronic pain issues and their doctors have told them they’re ‘not trying hard enough to meditate’, if they are still feeling pain. This is nonsense. Realistically, sometimes pain is just too bad to meditate away.

These things really help me, but it must be noted that for some people with Hypermobility Syndrome or Ehlers Danlos Type 3* it is not possible for them to use some of these techniques, as they are in severe pain and suffer very frequent dislocations. I am extremely grateful that I am able to manage my condition as well as I do, and hope one day that there will be more therapies and medicines to help those who suffer so badly with this syndrome.

 

Edit*As of March 2017, Hypermobilty Syndrome has now been replaced by ‘Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders’. Ehlers Danlos Type 3 is a different condition separate from HSD and is know as hEDS. There are also now more types of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Read here for more information.

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