SKIN INFLAMMATION AND HOW TO TREAT HOLISTICALLY
Redness on the skin’s surface can be caused by a number of factors, including widening of blood vessels in the epidermis, (as is the case with Rosacea), skin tone, sensitive skin and family history. Many of my clients report having this problem and in some cases, it can impact work and personal relationships, confidence and self-esteem. People suffering with flushed skin often feel that they have no control over it. When I create plans for my clients, I look at a range of lifestyle, general health and psychological factors in dealing with the problem, and my recommendations are always based on clinical research.
If you are suffering with redness and inflammation on the face, here are some of my top recommendations:
Ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight can damage and deplete collagen and elastin which help to keep blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface intact. This damage may cause thin vessels to be more easily broken and exposed to the surface of the skin, making the skin appear red and in some cases, lumpy and raised. Also, exposure to UVB rays may make more blood vessels grow in those with Rosacea. The bottom line is that to prevent redness and flushing, it is vital to use a sunscreen every day throughout the year, even on cloudy days. Selecting a broad spectrum, waterproof product will stay put for longer and protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Sounds obvious, but if you are experiencing a flare up of your inflammation, avoiding very hot drinks and spicy foods are key. Alcohol – especially wine and prosecco – have also been shown in studies to encourage widening of blood vessels, making the redness worse and more widespread. Kickstart your day with a warm water and fresh lemon drink, eat plenty of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables - think green, leafy veg such as spinach, kale or spring greens and eat a range berries - and include oily fish in your diet three times weekly. If fish is not your thing, flax and pumpkin seeds can be sprinkled onto salads, oats and into juices and smoothies.
As we pass through life, stress, diet and medications can all contribute to the imbalance of our healthy gut bacteria. Taking a probiotic supplement can not only help to reduce anxiety, but also promote growth of healthy gut bacteria, helping to reduce acne flare ups longer term. Be aware that supplements are not quick fixes and can take several weeks to start working.
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