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Do you have rosacea?

If you blush or flush easily, skin becomes red after drinking alcohol, with exposure to wind, sun, heat or cold or when stressed or upset, have super-sensitive skin, you probably have rosacea.

Left untreated symptoms will become progressively worse as you age so it makes sense to get informed and have a long term strategy to minimise triggers and slow down the condition.

Rosacea is a very common skin condition affecting over 14 million Americans so you are certainly not alone.

Figures for the UK are not conclusive but from my own experience, friends, family and customers it is cerrtainly very common over here too.

I am based in Scotland and here almost every other person you meet is suffering from it to some extent.

Rosacea is not infectious, you can't catch it or pass it on except hereditarily of course. If you have northern european celtic genes with skin that burns easily, you are likely to develope it often between the ages of 30 and 50.

What does it look and feel like?

It comes in different guises with some people ( like myself) suffering terribly with face soreness and burning, others from blushing and redness alone or with spots.

Eyes can also be affected being sore, itchy and watery on their own or in combination with other symptoms.

Some people (mostly men) suffer from facial swelling especially on the nose from fluid build up.

Your first avenue to explore is the standard medical system by going to your GP and confirming it is rosacea.

If you have mild to moderate rosacea you will be offered lotions containing metronidazole or azelaic acid, both of these need to be used for at least six weeks before you see results.

More severe rosacea may respond better to a course of antibiotics or your GP may recommend using both together.

Antibiotics will help with the pustules,spots and inflammation but I personally feel that they are a good way to kick start a recovery but not solely a long term solution.

In the short term they will help control symptoms although some people experience light sensisitivty. In the long term continued use on antibiotics will lower the bodies resistanmce to infection.

There is no cure for rosacea so our long term strategy needs to incorporate natural and holistic elements and learn to control your peronal triggers.

Just like when you grow organic produce where you feed the plant to keep it healthy and strong to fight off disease, one should feed and nurture the whole body not just the skin to give it the best chance of slowing down symptoms.

Every person has a unique experience with rosacea symptoms and triggers and will have to experiment with supplements, nutrition etc so using natural products and a holistic approach will give all the benefits without any side effects.