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Redness, Rosacea and Roobios by Miriam Kleinman

Redness, Rosacea and Roobios by Miriam Kleinman

 

Some people who complain of red blotchy skin are actually experiencing a mild case of rosacea. Rosacea affects more than 14 million people in the United States and even more in in Northwestern Europe. This condition can range from mild to severe and causes redness or flushing on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. It is seen in all countries and races but is most frequently seen in people who have fair sun sensitive skin, especially those of Celtic origin. Perhaps one of the worst affects of rosacea is the self-consciousness and embarrassment that accompanies theses physical symptoms.

Severe cases result in visible blood vessels, bumps and pimples and are often mistaken for adult acne. The cause is unknown but the symptoms result from inflammation, warmth, dilation of blood vessels and (in one theory) a bacterial infection.

Rooibos is a surprising ally in the treatment of rosacea. Its popularity is growing and rightly so. Rooibos contains many components that control each cause of rosacea. The main active components include:

  • Phenolic acids have NSAID-like (think Tylenol) activity. This has a soothing effect on the skin. It calms the redness and warmth for an even, comfortable complexion.
  • Caffeic acid and ferulic acid are natural anti-bacterial agents. They destroy bacteria preventing pimples from forming.
  • Rutin, a flavonal, strengthens capillaries in the skin to prevent blood vessel visibility and breakage.
  • The mineral zinc manages oil production and prevents acne lesions and magnesium promotes a balanced complexion by reducing roughness and inflammation of the skin.
  • Vitamin A prevents acne and reduces oil, vitamin B promotes a healthy skin tone and vitamin E soothes irritated skin.

If you suffer from rosacea or an uneven complexion a skincare regimen that contains rooibos will help you treat and gain control. A cream with a generous concentration of rooibos extract will deliver potent effects from these beneficial components.

Some additional steps you can take to control rosacea are through your diet. Foods you WANT to eat are grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Cherries, blackberries and blueberries are natural vasoconstrictors, which will reduce the redness caused by dilated capillaries.

Plus they are delicious, so these are easy to eat! Foods to AVOID would be anything hot. Spicey food and hot beverages can trigger flushing. Although there is no cure for rosacea, it can be managed through your lifestyle or treated by a physician.

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