Rosacea is a skin infection particularly in mature skin, which begins usually between the ages of 30-60. Rosacea occurs more often in women than in men. The symptoms start as redness on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin, and later as small pimples and bumps appear on the skin. The skin is often very dry on the surface and sensitive. It is typical to feel hot on the face. Sun exposure, alcohol, spicy food, sweating and stressful situations often intensify redness and warmth. The cause of Rosacea is unknown, but is is connected to stress, digestion and immunity. Therefore, when treating rosacea, improving digestion with the right diet is important.
Favour pure, organic and fresh foods. You should remove warming and acidifying foods, as well as foods that maintain infections, from your diet. Replace them with alkaline, cleansing and cooling ingredients. Eliminate sugar, grains, dairy products, coffee and spicy foods with powerful taste, and introduce plenty of greens and antioxidant-rich vegetables. Rosacea should not be confused with acne, and it is not treated like acne.
Rosacea cannot be completely treated externally, but it is important to support the skin's functions and resistance with the right skin care methods. The products must be gentle and mild, and no mechanical exfoliation is allowed. Keep your hands away from blemishes. Choose soothing, anti-inflammatory and balancing products. Cleanser should be gentle to the skin's own hydrolipid film, i.e. not too powerful or alkaline. Use products without water, cleansing milks and lotions with a facial cloth, and cleansing micellar waters. Facial toner should be alcohol free, hydrating and soothing. Choose a moisturiser with lots of moisture and less cream. Watery, moisturising and soothing serums are suitable for rosacea skin, and can be used morning and night.
Since the sun aggravates rosacea, it is important to use physical sun protection on your face. Jolie's collection include BB-creams with SPF. About once a week, you can apply a cooling, soothing and moisturising mask to your face. If you suffer from extreme rosacea, consult a dermatologist.