Rosacea can be a difficult skin care concern to live with. Getting to know your individual triggers is half the battle, but here at VW Skincare we believe that treating Rosacea successfully means swotting up on the scientific facts. In this post, we’ll unpack a few pearls of wisdom about the Rosacea-fighting power-house, vitamin C!
Why should I use vitamin C to treat my Rosacea?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin against skin cell damage and environmental stress. Taking vitamin C topically (i.e. straight onto the skin, rather than in tablet form) has proven to be one of the most effective ways to treat redness associated with Rosacea.
In fact, everyone could benefit from having more vitamin C in their skincare diet. As well as a powerful antioxidant, it’s also a vital anti-ageing ingredient – collagen production doesn’t work without it! For Rosacea sufferers, applying a vitamin C-enriched product daily (look for BV-OSC in the ingredients list) will help correct your skin in a number of ways.
The benefits of vitamin C in your skin care regime:
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces redness
- Reduces histamine response in the skin
- Accelerates wound healing (good for psoriasis/eczema sufferers)
- Reduces the frequency & length of hot flushes (excellent if you’re menopausal!)
- It’s a natural skin lightener
- Strengthens capillary walls, making it more difficult for them to burst
- Strengthens the skin cell membrane
- It helps to regulate skin cells and kick-start healthy cell function
- It’s essential for production of collagen and elastin
What else can I do to treat my Rosacea?
Outbreaks associated with Rosacea are normally categorised by redness along the nose, cheeks and chin which can take a while to subside if untreated, and can get worse. Tiny pus-filled spots can sometimes be evident along the areas of your face where your skin is irritated.
Find out what triggers your Rosacea by keeping a diary and then eliminate the cause from your diet/skin care regime. Alcohol, coffee, spicy foods, and stress are all known to cause problems for Rosacea sufferers, but if the thought of giving up your favourite cocktail and your morning espresso makes you weep then just start with one small change.
Try switching from red wine to white, or make sure you drink a glass of cold water for every alcoholic beverage. Swap your morning caffeine kick for a herbal tea and a bee pollen capsule (a great energy boost!), and try adding lemon juice to foods instead of spices for extra flavour. Small lifestyle changes can make a huge difference.
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