Expert's Opinion

Beating Rosacea

By Dr. Howard Murad, Murad Inc. | May 6, 2011

Dr. Howard Murad provides some at-home tips to beat this skin malady.

Rosacea is a chronic, red inflammatory process of the skin that sometimes appears along with acne-like lesions. Although affecting more than 16 million Americans, rosacea is rarely talked about in the mainstream media. I see patients suffering from rosacea all the time, whether it’s a slight ruddiness in certain areas or an overall deep flushing of the skin. For individuals who have rosacea, there are at-home steps to help combat skin redness, taking into account my Inclusive Health philosophy that addresses overall skin health internally, externally and emotionally.

Monitor Changes in Your Skin
Skin is a visible indicator of overall health. Getting your mind and body in sync will support your rosacea fighting efforts. Caring for your inner well-being includes: getting adequate sleep (8 hours every day), exercising regularly, being positive and leading a low stress lifestyle! Reducing the pressure caused by stress on our biological systems is very important to overall health.Also, stay cool and out of the heat as higher temperatures can aggravate rosacea. When working out, try to do so in the early morning when weather is cooler.When indoors, keep cool by running a fan and getting fresh air.

Follow a Healthy Diet
First and foremost, boost your water supply.Don’t just drink plenty of water every day – eat it too.Raw fruits and vegetables like cucumber, watermelon, and tomato contain up to 97% water and serve as exceptional sources of hydration.Certain foods may irritate the condition including tomatoes, spinach, chocolate, eggplant, some cheeses, and citrus fruits. Identify the foods that affect you and avoid them by tracking what you eat and evaluating how your skin reacts.

Work on Your Skin Care Regimen
When it comes to your topical skin care regimen, the most important tip is to wear sunscreen every day.Using sunscreens with at least SPF 15 (in all weather) protects your skin’s natural barrier from the sun’s harsh rays, while allowing it to stay moisturized.In general, try to limit your sun exposure as this can contribute to rosacea.Use a cleanser twice daily with hydrating ingredients and skin soothers and exfoliate with a mask or gentle scrub two to three times a week. Keep skin moist by applying a moisturizer that contains antioxidants every morning after cleansing. Products that include Vitamin C deactivate unstable free radicals that can cause the most harmful damage, preventing water loss and shielding the skin from the sun. Some of the best skin soothers are natural botanicals such as chamomile, cucumber, and lavender. Aloe Vera is also very hydrating and boosts activity of other skin soothers, lessening any stinging and inflammation that rosacea can cause.Soothe, moisturize and protect for beautiful, glowing skin.

Use these highly effective guidelines to help fight rosacea for clear, healthy skin!

*It’s important to note that if you do think you may be suffering from Rosacea, I highly recommend seeing your physician. Not only can Rosacea affect your skin but you can also have Rosacea of the eyes. If this is not treated properly, you can have serious side effects which can range from losing eyelashes to going blind.

About the Author
Howard Murad, MD, FAAD, is a trained pharmacist, Clinical Professor of
Medicine at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine, founder of Murad Skincare Inc., president of The University for Inclusive Health and a physician who
specializes in both inclusive health and dermatology.He has been
acclaimed as a "Beauty Genius" by ELLE magazine and an "Industry Visionary" by the International SPA Association.His research in The Science of Cellular Water has revealed the ability of cell membranes to hold water as the fundamental marker of youthful good health and offers the world's most comprehensive insights into health and aging. His advocacy of the use of dietary supplements to promote skin health has earned him international
recognition as the "Father of Internal Skincare." Dr. Murad is the accomplished author of four books advocating practical lifestyle choices as the path to looking and feeling as healthy and beautiful as possible.

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