COVID-19 ROSACEA FLARES, PLUS HOMEMADE BALM FOR ROSACEA TREATMENT

I was diagnosed with Rosacea over 10 years ago. For those unfamiliar with Rosacea, it is an inflammatory condition that causes rashes—most commonly on your cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead. It is important to note that while sometimes it may seem like acne, Rosacea is treated differently.

If you are struggling with Rosacea, you most likely suffer from one of four types. In order to treat your Rosacea correctly, it is important to know which type you are dealing with. Dr. Cynthia Bailey goes in depth on how to determine which type of Rosacea you have in her ebook that you can access for free on her website!

While every type of Rosacea-prone skin is different, you can’t go wrong with starting out with a non-irritating skin care product made from all-natural ingredients. As with all new skincare products, remember to start out slowly to make sure your skin reacts well.

Rosacea can also be treated through diet and lifestyle changes. Through trial and error, I have found that my Rosacea has been mostly controlled by diet which for me means avoiding dairy, refined sugar and grain and eating mostly vegetables and fruit. It is also important for me to avoid direct sun on my face as well as overheating from spas, saunas, hot tubs or hot baths. I also need to be mindful of avoiding toxic or harsh ingredients in my skincare. In her ebook, Dr. Bailey goes more in-depth about certain diet changes and lifestyle changes that may work for you.

I recently suffered through the worst rosacea flare I have ever had and wanted to share what worked and did not work for me. 

My flare-up, as far as I can tell, was brought on by the stress of COVID-19 that we are all experiencing: uncertainty as far as job security, zoom cocktail hours (multiple!), and more sugar in my diet than usual (even though it has been “natural” sugars from fruit, maple syrup and honey). An added personal stress was that my husband needed spine surgery during this time. The ultimate trigger for my flare-up seemed to be the prolonged mask wearing that we are all having to deal with right now.

My face was so inflamed, raw and “broken” that even my go to skincare didn't help. I was not able to wash my face at all, even with the dermatologist recommended zinc soap.

My face was so hot and dry that I needed some kind of moisture that would not irritate my skin. Through experimentation over the past two weeks, I have formulated a balm that includes argan oil, rosehip seed oil, castor oil, glycerin, beeswax, and Vitamin E. It is the only thing that I could tolerate on my skin as I felt like I had an extreme sunburn or chemical burn on my whole face. I have been using this balm as a protectant while taking a shower, as a method of cleaning my face (by applying and then gently removing with a very soft towel to remove flaky skin) and as moisture throughout the day. 

I am at the point now of peeling and dryness but I am over the burning sensation. I still need extreme moisture but am able to tolerate my usual skincare in addition to this new balm. Here is my new soothing skincare balm in a convenient stick!

Rosacea can be helped with a combination of non-irritating skin care products made from all-natural ingredients, and diet and lifestyle changes.
Beth

Beth

I am so glad you are here! I’m an Integrative Health Practitioner, mama of 4 and passionate healthy cook. My goal is to help you achieve complete health and well-being by sharing my knowledge of healthy living, nourishing natural skincare and clean cooking with fresh and natural ingredients.

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