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Curing inflamed skin

Rosacea (ro-ZAY-she-uh) is an inflammatory skin condition that occurs mostly on your chin, cheeks and nose, but can also occur on other areas of your body.

It is possible to have more than one type of rosacea. Experts are uncertain about the causes of rosacea, but with some lifestyle and skincare changes you can control what is aggravating it.

Four main types

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea: Your skin is red, and you appear flushed. Blood vessels are visible on your face. Your skin can have a burning and stinging sensation.

Papulopustular rosacea: Your skin is red, swollen and you get severe breakouts (looks like acne). Your skin can be oily and sensitive too.

Ocular rosacea: Your eyes are red and irritated, and your eyelids are swollen. Your eyes can be watery too.

Phymatous rosacea: Your skin thickens and has a bumpy texture.

Triggers . Emotional factors like stress, anxiety, anger and embarrassment. . Extreme temperatures like sunlight, humidity and wind.. High intensity exercise . Hot baths, showers, saunas . Hot food and beverages . Dairy products . Hot sauces and seasoning containing capsaicin (the burning sensation when you eat). . Harsh skin-care products . Drinking alcohol

Minimise symptoms . Avoid extreme cold/hot temperatures. Cover your face with a scarf or buff when it is cold. Wear a broad-spectrum, fragrance-free sunscreen with zinc oxide every day.. Don’t touch and rub your face. . Don’t exfoliate your face with harsh scrubs. Use yoghurt. Lactic acid in yoghurt dissolves dry dead skin cells without irritating your skin. . Use gentle skin-care products that don’t contain alcohol (or other drying agents) and fragrances. . Always moisturise. Skin dryness can worsen rosacea.. Eat food high in antioxidants and vitamin B (niacinamide) such as ginger, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower and avocado.. Green/yellow correcting concealer can camouflage the red appearance. . Turmeric is anti-inflammatory. Make a paste of turmeric and water to help relieve painful, inflamed rosacea. . Use skin-care products containing green tea and chamomile, the former rich in antioxidants, beneficial for inflamed skin. Chamomile soothes and moisturises. . Make a soothing skin toner/compress with chamomile or green tea. Brew a cup of tea and let it completely cool down. Spray it on your face, or dip a clean cloth in the tea and put it on the affected area. Use every day after washing your face.. See a dermatologist if your rosacea is painful and/or you can’t keep it under control. They will be able to set out a treatment plan and identify triggers in your life that may aggravate it. . Follow Pantry.Pamper.Page on Facebook and Instagram for more advice. Submit your own skin concerns too.

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