A lot of things can get in between you and a flawless complexion, including acne, ashy skin, wrinkles, general discoloration, and much more, but one problem in particular that can severely redden your face is rosacea. Today, Vine Vera will be shedding some light on this somewhat mysterious condition, what it is, what causes it, and what you can do about it.
Rosacea: What it Is
Rosacea is a skin condition, almost always chronic, that affects many fair-skinned people, particularly those of northwestern European descent. Rosacea causes redness in the face by causing dilation of the blood vessels right under your skin, meaning they expand, fill with more blood, and that blood is visible under the skin as general redness. The exact cause is generally uncertain, but seems to be genetic as it runs in families.
A red, flushed face is only the beginning of the symptoms that can be caused by rosacea if it’s left untreated. Flushing will be intermittent at onset, and often triggered by certain stimuli, such as embarrassment, strong emotions in general (while it is normal to blush with certain emotional stimuli, it will be more pronounced and longer-lasting with rosacea, and may feel unpleasantly warm), overexposure to sunlight, and certain foods and drinks, especially those containing alcohol and caffeine. As it worsens, without treatment, Rosacea can cause more permanent redness that doesn’t seem to go away, the skin can start to feel hot and itchy all the time, and eventually, unseemly bumps can begin to form all over.
The good news, though, is that rosacea is both entirely treatable and the redness can be covered up while the underlying condition is treated. While it is entirely possible to use makeup to hide the flushing, remember that this is not a long-term solution, because the condition will continue to worsen overtime if you do not seek treatment.
If you think that you may have rosacea, your best bet is to book an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as possible. A dermatologist will be able to evaluate you and prescribe topical creams and/or oral medications that will help control the issue. At the dermatologist, you can also ask about laser treatment, which is sometimes able to clear up rosacea quickly.
While you wait for your appointment, if you’re uncomfortable or the flushing makes you feel itchy and warm, you can carefully apply aloe vera gel to the affected area. You can also control rosacea symptoms by boiling some pure chamomile tea, refrigerating it overnight, and washing your face with it.
You can also simply avoid triggers, which will probably mean being careful with the consumption of alcohol and caffeine, and being extra-careful about going out in the sun (if you do go out, wear broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen!).
Covering it Up
Remember that simply covering up a case of rosacea will not help the actual condition, but it is a viable tactic to keep yourself looking sharp while you pursue actual treatment options and wait for the effects to kick in. The best way to do this is use whatever foundation and concealer you normally would, then apply a green face powder to neutralize the redness. This might seem strange, but green facial powders do exist, and if used correctly, they will cancel out redness and restore a healthy hue to your skin.