Rosacea Flushing, Blushing & Redness – 2
The parasympathetic system has the opposite function of calming our brain and body when we can relax more and while we sleep. Also our parasympathetic nervous system can calm us and prevent much stress by consuming more alkaline foods and drinks such as water, vegetable, fruits, etc. while reducing the acids foods that we know cause the reaction of beer, pizza, sweets, etc. The parasympathetic nervous system can very quickly take control of the body and brain stress as you will learn more about on this page and our ‘Cause and Cure’ page.
Many rosacea patients have ocular rosacea with symptoms of redness or flushing of the eyes. Usually the person is very stressed resulting from many causes of exercise, wind, cold temperatures or dry humidity that wicks the moisture out of the eyes, or beverages such as coffee, alcohol, tea and the many soft drinks or colas. The ocular rosacea flushing symptoms can be soothed and the beauty of the eye improved noticeably with the use of Rosacea-Ltd IV and the ocular rosacea information found on our ocular rosacea page. The ocular rosacea symptoms usually persist for years without proper help. Various rosacea treatments usually that consist of a combination of 2/3rds antibiotics and 1/3rd of steroids is the past ocular rosacea treatment for the inflammatory ‘red eye’ symptoms.
Hot Shower Flushing & Redness
The skin becomes more red by the stimulation of hot showers/baths, which is vascular dilation. Overall, it is better to shower in warm water in the range of 85 to 95 degrees to cool the body and prevent vascular dilation. You may choose to shower with warmer water to open the pores up to clear them or for relaxing; however, remember to begin to lower the temperature to a much lower degree for cooling off to prevent the skin from turning red or to reduce the redness from the prior higher temperature. The cooler water temperature produces vascular constriction.
Alcohol Blushing & Redness
Alcoholic beverages cause facial redness in a number of ways:
It is a diuretic which causes dehydration, skin dryness and skin redness
It is high in sugar content, metabolizes quickly to produce a high energy burn, causing vascular dilation and resulting skin flushing and redness
Beers, ales and wine may cause an allergy induced facial redness because alcohol is processed through fermentation and these beverages are not distilled as other types of alcohol are
To reduce or minimize the effects of alcohol flushing, drink domestic beers rather than foreign beers. Foreign beers are packaged with more preservatives and cause more redness. Light beers contain fewer carbs and a reduced alcohol content making it less likely to result in skin redness. When drinking wine, white wine causes less flushing then red wine. Wines have a high sugar content and are processed with sulfides/preservatives. Gin, whiskey or vodka diluted with ice or water are the least likely to cause facial redness and flushing.
Chilly or Cold Weather Blushing & Redness
This type of facial flushing is the result of sudden temperature changes from the cold winter air outside to a heated room or in the summer months the sudden change from the warm air outside to the climate control air conditioning inside. In situation where the air or temperature is colder, the blood vessels constrict to hold in body heat as it regulates our core body temperature. In the warmer air situations, the opposite effect occurs, the blood vessels dilate to cool the body as it release heat to maintain your core body temperature. To minimize the effect of this type of flushing, it can help to slowly transition whenever possible from the heated to cooled temperature extremes.
Food Allergy Blushing & Redness
The flushing and skin redness that results from the effects of a food allergy while not an actual rosacea induced flush is a common flushing event among many rosacea patients as many also experience food allergies. The symptoms of a food allergy can include congestion, itching, skin redness, hives, facial flushing, and possibly fluid-filled pustules on the skin. There may be eye involvement, in which the eyes become red, inflamed, itchy, irritated and watery. Identifying your food allergy can be done through monitoring and recording those foods you consumed prior to the allergic reaction and verified through allergy testing. Some of the foods most prone to cause an allergic reaction include nuts and especially peanuts, melons and dairy. To learn more about food allergy flushing see our Food Allergy Rosacea Alkaline Foods page.
Pollen and Contact Blushing & Redness
Pollen and mold spores from flowering plants, trees, grasses and weeds are also an allergy-related form of skin redness and flushing. Rosacea partially results from an immune system malfunction and allergies occur as a result of a compromised immune system, so it is common for rosacea sufferers to also experience pollen and mold related allergy flushing. The symptoms of a mold/pollen flush include skin redness, inflammation, itchy red watery eyes, hives or blistering of the skin, facial redness and congestion.
Mold spores occur in damp environments and therefore may be found not only outside but also in the moisture rich environment of the bathroom. To control indoor mold sanitize the areas a diluted Clorox mixture or a sanitizing cleanser.
Avoid or limit outdoor time during the peak pollen times in your area. If needed where a surgical mask to reduce inhaled pollens. Change the air filters in your home often and try to avoid tracking pollen into the home from your shoes. Vacuum the carpets often.
Asthma Blushing & Redness
During an asthma attack, one cannot expel carbon dioxide due constriction of the breathing pathways. In order to inhale oxygen, you must first expel carbon dioxide, the lack of oxygen results in a red, flushed facial appearance. Asthma partially results from an immune system malfunction often allergy, pollen or stress related. While not a true rosacea facial flush, it is common for people with rosacea to also suffer from asthma.
Warm Spring Blushing & Redness
With the warmer weather comes a desire to spend more time outdoors enjoying the sun, relaxing on the beach or on the porch can be a wonderful way to relieve stress. Reducing stress is an important factor in controlling rosacea. The outdoors can be a wonderful way to achieve stress reduction as long as we take care not to create a situation that worsens our rosacea. When out in the sun, always use a sunscreen if you are out longer than 30 minutes.
Sunshine and rosacea are not always compatible. And yet with all the negatives of over exposure to sunlight, there are is some value to sunlight; sunlight is a valuable source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is more readily absorbed topically through the skin than orally with a pill. Vitamin D is synthesized by the body as a direct result of sun exposure. Ten to fifteen minutes of sunshine every other day is all that is needed to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D. While this sounds easy enough, for some it can be a challenge to achieve. Many sunscreens block the absorption of vitamin D, overcast skies can also inhibit adequate absorption of sunlight, even seasonal changes in sunlight intensity and the angle of the sun can affect the absorption of sunlight. The effects of pollution and haze also have an impact on the body’s absorption of vitamin D.
A Vitamin D deficiency causes one to be more prone to bone weakness, chronic pain, fatigue and inhibits the body’s absorption of calcium and phosphorous. Our mood and emotions may also be affected by too little sunlight – the ‘winter blues’ or seasonal depression is often attributed to a lack of adequate sunlight absorption.
For the rosacea sufferer, sunshine can mean increased facial redness, burning and irritation. Why the rosacea skin is more prone to a negative response to sunlight is debatable. It could be the result of medications prescribed to address the symptoms of rosacea, many medications list as a side effect the increased possibility of skin rashes, skin redness and sun sensitivity. Why then would you prescribe something to treat rosacea that can have the negative impact of increasing the symptoms? The thought process here – right or wrong – is that the possible benefits outweigh the possible negative consequences.
Is there a better alternative, a way to treat and address the symptoms of rosacea without the negative side effects produced by the treatment itself? The answer is, yes today that technology exists. The solution is quite simple – a balanced diet is a balanced body. A balanced body results in a strong immune system that allows the body to address the issues of rosacea symptoms. This is not always as easy as it sounds, sometimes the body needs help. If the skin is too dry or irritated, it may need a more immediate solution, when this is the case a few drops of healing oils such as jojoba or chamomile applied to the clean, damp skin can aid in the healing process. Rosacea-Ltd has a long-standing history of treating and addressing the needs of rosacea sufferers throughout the world and has been the go-to solution for effective rosacea treatment for thousands of rosacea sufferers since 1997.
Proper rosacea skin care involves an understanding of the factors that affect rosacea. The sun and ultraviolet radiation are among those factors. Many prescription and over the counter medications make the skin more sensitive to the effects of the UVA and UVB rays. In spite of taking precautions, what should you do if your skin does react to your sunscreen or if your face gets too much sun? Gently wash the sunscreen off with one of the soaps recommended on the lifestyles page, and apply one to two drops of Jojoba Oil as recommended on the Lifestyles page.
However, it does not have to be as you hopefully learned on this page of minimizing the risk or exposure and also with the information on our Cause and Cure page which leads you directly into our Natural Rosacea Treatments by Lifestyles and Rosacea Diet page with some common sense information that your Dermatologist never told you.