How to calm a rosacea flare up

As I promised in my last post, I’m going to talk about how I calmed down my rosacea flare up, caused by Furosemide.

I have gone on holiday to visit a friend in the beginning of March and brought some items with me for the trip. As it is often the case with travelling, space is limited so I really had to think about packing the right products. I have also packed in some food. I buy a box of cereals here in the UK that you can’t get in Europe, but as the box is too heavy, I thought I’m going to pack some porridge instead. I bought one of those sachet ones, thinking I might not have the option to buy sugar free cereal over there. I am not a fan of porridge (personally I think it tastes like sawdust), but I was ready to eat that rather than load my body with sugar, which only leads to inflammation. As I mentioned in my previous post the flare up started about a month and a half into using Furosemide. Once I stopped using the spray, I have started incorporating new products into my routine. Let’s take a look as to what those were.

First, a new toner, Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore toner. This is designed for acne and not rosacea, but I will mention it anyway as this is a first time of me using it.

A new face cream, that I use as a treatment, Mizon All in one snail repair cream.

Another face cream, Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream, this contains guaiazulene and Centella extract and it is designed for sensitive skin prone to redness.

Finally, a handmade oil blend of Jojoba carrier oil and Lavender essential oil.

skincare items used during the flare up

All of these (except the toner) are meant to be excellent at calming and soothing the skin and bringing down inflammation. Before my travel, I managed to get my skin a little less red and irritated by using these (or a combination of these) and eating a diet low in sugar and other inflammatory foods.

For the entire duration of my holiday my breakfast was porridge with almond milk to which I also added frozen fruit (defrosted obviously) and a banana.

When I came back to the UK I had to wonder what it was that made such a difference in my skin, as by the end of that week the inflammation has calmed down to what it was before the flare up. I thought maybe the water over there, as here in the UK the water is very hard and overly chlorinated. Or maybe the air, less pollution. It couldn’t have been the diet as while I stayed with my friend, I didn’t really follow my new plant-based diet. There was some seafood here and there as well as some more sugar than usual as we had cake more than once that week. Yet my skin was surprisingly less red with each day.

I had to come to the realisation that it was the porridge that made such a huge difference. Looking into it, oats have a lot of health benefits and its anti-inflammatory properties are amazing. It has a multitude of other benefits that include lowering blood sugar levels, lowering cholesterol levels and aiding weight loss. It’s also full of antioxidants and promotes a healthy gut by increasing the growth of good bacteria.

Needless to say, even though I dislike porridge, I am now eating it every morning. I can wholeheartedly recommend this if you have rosacea or a flare up. I need to stress, however, that just by eating porridge your skin will not change overnight. I am on plant-based eating since September last year and that means lots of veggies and fruit, healthy grains and nuts. If you’d like to know more about my rosacea diet then please feel free to ask.

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