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What is Rosacea and How to Combat it with Aloe Vera

By Edited Mar 19, 2016 2 4

Aloe Vera has many benefits to the skin, one of them is to treat Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that involves a disorder of the facial skin (swelling of the cheeks, nose, eyelids, chin, and forehead); this common disorder is not dangerous from a medical point of view and nowadays there are a lot of treatments available to control it; although a definite cure does not exist at the moment. This red-face, acne-like disorder can cause serious psychological effects to the sufferer if not treated effectively; it can also cause permanent changes in appearance (for example: a bulbous nose)

The cause of rosacea is still unknown but you are more likely to develop it if you are a woman (although men who suffer from rosacea are more severely affected) and have fair skin. Rosacea is normally not linked to the normal acne vulgaris as the age group is different (symptoms are usually present between the ages of 30 and 50)

 

Rosacea’s Symptoms

  • Acne-like bumps on the face.
  • Redness on some parts of the face; although some patients develop rosacea all over the face.
  • Blush easily.
  • Irritated, watery or bloodshot eyes.
  • Blood vessels on the face.
  • Burning or stinging sensation on the face.

 

Treatment for Rosacea

Although there is not a definite cure, there are many alternatives available that will depend on the severity and subtypes. The first step is to identify and avoid the triggers of the disorder for each particular case. You should keep track of the symptoms; this will allow you to identify a pattern of what is causing it to get worse. In all cases you should:

  • Avoid direct sun exposure and use sunscreen.
  • Avoid to be exposed to hot or cold weather for long period of times.
  • Stress is one of the main offenders that triggers Rosacea; try to understand and find ways to reduce stress.
  • Deep breathing, yoga and relaxation techniques will improve the condition.
  • Reduce the alcohol consumption.
  • Limit the amount of spicy foods that you eat.
  • Other triggers (they vary from person to person: wind, hot baths, skin products, etc)
  • Visit your GP for further information and treatment - depending on the severity of the disorder, your doctor will prescribe you creams and gels, antibiotics, Isotretinon, and in extreme cases laser and surgery.

 

How can Aloe Vera Help to Combat Rosacea?

Aloe Vera is used to treat acne; however this plant and natural medicine hydrates, softens, cleans and regenerates the skin as it penetrates all three layers of the skin (epidermis, dermis and hypodermis), causing the bacteria and fatty deposit to be expelled from the pores.  Thanks to the properties of the plant, Aloe Vera can penetrate the skin four times deeper than water, producing a better moisturising effect.

Aloe Vera also has natural nutrients, vitamins, amino acids and minerals that encourage the reproduction of new cells, healing and regenerates the skin.  Aloe Vera Gel has been successfully used to treat acne, psoriasis and rosacea for years. The properties of this plant are similar to the steroids cortisone but without the side effects.

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Comments

Jul 30, 2011 11:50am
divaonline
Good information to acquaint readers with Rosacea. Some of the treatments for this condition can be harsh. Trying Aloe Vera is a good, natural and effective alternative.
Jul 30, 2011 6:02pm
Lynsuz
Very informative. Aloe Vera is a good for many things. Never heard of it being used for Rosacea. Thanks for sharing.
Jul 30, 2011 11:30pm
Phoenix737
Does aloe work for eczema as well? That's what kills my face in both winter and summer ...
Jul 31, 2011 12:45am
danmont
My sister gave me the idea for the research; she started using Aloe Vera gel as a moisturiser a few years ago and she loved it. She was using it only during winter (this is when her rosacea gets worse) but she is now using it everyday, as her skin looks great. Now she has mild Rosacea so I am not recommending anyone to stop his or her treatment, but it could be added as an extra tool to control it.
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