Bridget Carmady, Founder of Clémence Organics, shares her tips for managing a common skincare issue, Rosacea.
As a Naturopath with years of experience in treating various skin issues, I have now shifted my business focus to skincare. I am excited to share some fundamental naturopathic protocols that I recommend for specific skin conditions. Achieving radiant skin requires attention to not only your skincare routine but also your dietary and lifestyle choices. In each of these domains, I have curated my top tips to help you achieve your best skin ever.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is characterized by persistent flushing and sudden acne-like rashes, primarily appearing on the face. Alongside facial redness and flushing, individuals may also encounter symptoms such as oily skin, swollen blood vessels, and itching.
Rosacea triggers are diverse and include stress, sun exposure, specific foods, heat, and alcohol, among others. While medications are available to treat and mitigate its progression, there are several natural lifestyle adjustments that can help prevent flare-ups. If you’re seeking natural remedies for managing your rosacea, here are our recommendations to help you manage this skin condition.
- Switch to Natural – Given rosacea’s sensitivity to chemicals and synthetic ingredients, opting for natural and organic skincare products becomes crucial. Clémence Organics offers a range designed specifically for sensitive skin, making it an ideal choice to mitigate rosacea progression.
- Cleanse – When dealing with rosacea on the face, neck, or décolletage, selecting the appropriate skin cleanser is crucial. The goal is to maintain clean skin without disrupting its natural sebum balance. Achieve this by using a natural cream cleanser, such as our Refining Cleanser, once daily.
- Tone – After cleansing, spritz with our Ultimate Biome Spritz or Tone + Hydrate Spritz to gently astringe the skin, reduce inflammation and balance pH levels.
- Serum – Use skincare products packed with antioxidants and organic oils, like Clémence Organics Repair Face Serum. These ingredients not only shield your skin from UV damage through their antioxidant properties but also offer natural sun protection. For instance, jojoba oil provides a mild SPF factor of around 4.
- SPF Selection – Opt for a natural sunscreen for sun protection. Our Protect + Clarify Daily Face Lotion offers SPF15 protection, soothing redness and inflammation.
- Night time Moisturize – Choose an evening moisturizer with antioxidants (as mentioned in the serum) and hyaluronic acid to retain skin moisture throughout the day. Consider our Ultimate Face Crème for deeply hydrated, smooth skin. We have seen particular success with our Refining Cleanser,Tone + Hydrate Spritz and Repair Face Serum. (Hint: these products can be purchased together in the money-saving Correction Trio).
Choose an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean diet rich in antioxidants, low in refined sugar, and plant-based, featuring omega-3 sources like avocado and fatty fish. Incorporating probiotics (kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, or supplements) can improve nutrient absorption, immune support, and help to reduce inflammation. Rosacea is often aggravated by certain foods so it’s important to become aware of which foods aggravate your condition. Common foods include alcohol, spices, and hot beverages.
Sun Protection: Limit sun exposure and opt for natural sun protection. Sun exposure can exacerbate rosacea as it triggers increased vitamin D production, which is associated with rosacea progression.
Climate Control: Avoid extreme climatic conditions, including high heat (which includes sunbathing, saunas, hot baths/showers, and hot beverages), strong winds, extreme cold, and high humidity.
Fragrance-Free: Refrain from using fragranced products, such as fragranced skincare, cosmetics, perfumes, and laundry detergent.
Stress Management: Stress can worsen rosacea by elevating cortisol production, an inflammatory hormone. To reduce stress, incorporate daily practices like yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises. Gentle exercise can also help regulate cortisol levels.