The beginning of a new year means many different things. For some, it means New Year’s resolutions and the chance to start afresh, but for others it just means more cold weather to irritate your skin.
But sometimes the damage to your skin is about more than just the weather, with chronic skin conditions often having a part to play. While we have written in the past about how seaweed can help treat acne, psoriasis and eczema, did you know that it can also be used to tackle rosacea?
What is rosacea?
Often called “the curse of the Celts”, rosacea is surprisingly common considering how few people know about it. Just how common? Well, the NHS in the UK estimates that one in ten people of Celtic origin (that includes us Irish) suffer from it!
The first signs of rosacea usually appear between the ages of 30 and 60 and it is more common in women than men for some reason — although some unlucky people can experience it at an earlier stage. While not life-threatening, the effects of rosacea can dent the self-esteem of those who suffer from it.
What are the symptoms?
Unfortunately, there is no one specific test for rosacea, but there are some signs that your doctor can identify. It is mainly characterised by redness of the skin on your face — particularly around your cheeks, nose and forehead. In some cases, rosacea can also affect the neck and other parts of the body too.
Because rosacea is a relapsing condition, you may experience periods with no symptoms whatsoever before it comes back more severe than ever. This makes it a tricky condition to treat and explains why you might miss some of the signs from time to time.
What are the causes?
There is no one specific cause of rosacea, with everything from your environment to your genetics lending a helping hand to the condition. Certain things are known triggers; such as alcohol, spicy foods and exposure to the sun.
Somewhat irritatingly, rosacea can also be triggered by both cold and warm weather, depending on the person. But try not to stress about it too much, since that is one of the most commonly cited triggers for the condition and hardly something you can control.
How do I treat it?
While there is no known cure, rosacea can be treated and the effects minimised. Organic seaweed-based products can be used to tackle a range of skincare issues thanks to the salt and minerals contained within the seaweed.
These naturally occurring minerals help skin hydration, improve skin barrier function and have even been shown to decrease inflammation in atopic dry skin. And because our products are certified organic, you can trust that you’re using entirely natural ingredients that are free of any nasty chemicals.
This is great news for rosacea sufferers, since the condition causes a breakdown of the skin barrier and dehydrates the skin. Simply by using products such as our Cast Away organic face wash or the Love A Scrub organic face exfoliant, you can help repair the damage done by rosacea.
Worried about rosacea?
Have you had trouble with rosacea and used some of our products to treat it? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts in our comments section below. For more tips on looking after your skin, follow us on Twitter @VOYABeauty or like us on Facebook today.