Rosacea Awareness; Beyond the Blush

Most people that suffer with rosacea know the basics of what to avoid:  these include spicy foods, alcohol (especially red wine) hot beverages, extreme temperatures, and sun exposure.  But did you know that rosacea has a direct link to inflammation in the body?

When our body faces harmful substances or stress, it can cause damage to our cells.  This damage triggers inflammation, which is our body’s way of trying to fix the problem.  However, this process can also create harmful molecules called free radicals. 

Antioxidants are like the superheroes that come to the rescue.  They neutralize these harmful free radicals, preventing them from causing more damage to our cells.  By doing this, antioxidants help calm down the inflammation and protect our cells from further harm.

So, in short, antioxidants help reduce inflammation by fighting off harmful molecules in our body.

In the world of beauty, we’ve coined this term inflammaging; the unfortunate combination of inflammation and aging. 

The key to eliminating inflammaging is through a healthy diet, exercise, and a proper skin care routine.  Supporting your body with foods that provide antioxidant benefits such as:

  • Berries:  Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • Dark leafy greens:  kale, spinach, Swiss chard and other dark leafy greens
  • Nuts and seeds:  almonds, walnuts, pecans, and flaxseeds
  • Colorful vegetables:  bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes
  • Cruciferous vegetables:  broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower
  • Fruits:  besides berries, other fruits like oranges, cherries, and kiwi are also excellent sources of antioxidants, including vitamin C
  • Herbs and spices:  turmeric and ginger are top of the list

*Remember to choose organic when available.

Supplements that are rich in antioxidants include:

  • Vitamin C:   vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system and helps protect cells from oxidative stress
  • Vitamin E:  vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps to protect cell membranes from oxidative damage
  • Beta-carotene:  beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A and is a potent antioxidant
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10):  CoQ10 is a compound that helps generate energy in cells and also acts an antioxidant
  • Glutathione:  glutathione is a powerful antioxidant produced by the body and found in certain foods like asparagus, avocado, and spinach.  You can also find glutathione is supplement form

While it falls slightly outside our area of expertise to recommend whether supplements are suitable for you, collaborating with a naturopathic doctor can significantly help in addressing internal imbalances, particularly if you are grappling with health concerns such as undiagnosed inflammation.

Although there is no cure for rosacea, we can help to effectively manage this condition with lifestyle adjustments as well as proven treatments such as our BBL treatments.  BBL (Broad Band Light) technology uses light energy clinically proven to effectively treat rosacea by reducing facial redness. 

This treatment should be complemented by proper skin care.   We often recommend our tried-and-true products such as ZO’s 5-Step Skin Normalizing System.  This skin system highlights corrective measures to achieve a healthy skin barrier: 

  • Cleanse – Gentle Cleanser; a gentle glycerin and botanical blend designed to effectively clean skin while maintaining skin hydration.
  • Exfoliate – Exfoliating Polish; these magnesium crystals are a must-have to help with proper function of the skin barrier.  Removing dead skin cells enables the rest of your products to effectively work.
  • Tone – Complexion Renewal Pads; a glycolic and salicylic blend that helps reduce surface oil.  A two-step exfoliation process to correct skin imbalances.
  • Prevent – Daily Power Defense:  clinically proven to repair and restore the skin barrier, this product utilizes DNA repair enzymes to boost skin recovery, strengthening the skin barrier, and offering protection against environmental stressors (i.e. free radicals) Also nicknamed the “Pollution Shield” for your face.
  • Correct & Treat – Rozatrol:  formulated to soothe red and irritated skin.  This treatment serum is packed with ingredients geared towards reducing excess oil to normalize the skin barrier.

In our efforts to support clients with rosacea, we typically recommend these products as a foundation for healthy skin.  Of course, because everyone’s skin is unique, repairing a compromised skin barrier may involve some trial and error to find products suitable for specific skin types.

In summary, our comprehensive approach to managing rosacea embraces a holistic perspective, incorporating a “sandwich approach”: addressing dietary considerations, treatments, and specialized topical skincare products to promote skin barrier repair. If you are interested in discovering a tailored protocol for your needs, please click here to schedule a complimentary consultation. We would love to assist you on your skincare journey!

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