Rosacea is Not Acne……
We generally get confused between Acne and Rosacea. Just because we get pustular eruptions on a reddish skin we club it up and think that we are suffering of Acne Rosacea!!!
Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows. Acne can occur on chest, back and neck too.
Rosacea is a skin disorder limited to the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead, typically beginning during adulthood. The facial skin becomes oily, reddened and bumpy. Small red blood vessels are visible. In extreme cases, the nose may appear very red and bulbous which is known as Rhinophyma. Rosacea in extreme cases can affect the eyes too. Although the causes are not fully understood but there are various treatments to help the symptoms get better. One of the factors said to be involved in Rosacea is the abnormalities in the blood vessels. But this condition runs in families and there are certain triggering factors that are known to excite the condition that include extremes of temperature (exposure to sun or cold winds); Certain eating habits (excessive intake of tea, coffee, spices, alcohol); emotional disturbances (stress, fear, etc);excessive use of cosmetics.
Homoeopathy in Rosacea…
Acne treatment can never help a patient suffering with Rosacea and could make the condition worst. Treatment of Rosacea generally involves avoidance of the factors which cause facial flushing. Conventional medicines are highly toxic and could lead to liver damage. In worst cases laser therapies, intense pulsed light treatments and surgery is done in case of rhinophyma. Lasers and light treatments could burn the skin and surgery could cause permanent scarring.
Homoeopathy is the best way to treat Rosacea as it helps to reduce the skin sensitivity towards the stimuli.
Homeopathic medicine helps to reduce the redness and thickness of the skin without any side-effects.
Homoeopathic medicines help to reduce the thickness of the skin without causing any damage or scarring of the skin unlike lasers and surgical procedures.
Treatment outcome and lastingness of the results are more rewarding with Homoeopathic medicine.
Homoeopathy has many medicines which can help in this condition and seeking help from a professional homoeopath is always advisable as he/ she will be able to arrive at the right homoeopathic medicine for you according to your case study.
Few Home Care Tips for Rosacea:
- Avoid triggering factors like alcohol, spicy food, and over-intake of tea / coffee.
- Moisturize the skin with a water based moisturizer to avoid getting pustular lesions on the face.
- Use a mild face wash as harsh cleansers and astringents would aggravate Rosacea.
- Skip the facials especially the scrubs as scrubbing the skin could cause aggravation of condition.
- Use the fragrance free, mineral based make-up.
- Use a sunscreen as sun is one of the triggering factors and could cause flaring of the skin.