Nutrition

Hate at First Sight

Rosacea is stupid. It’s annoying, painful at times, ugly, and expensive to control. It can come out of nowhere and change your life. It’s like it purposely chooses the most inopportune time in your life to invade, and then it shows no mercy.

I first developed Rosacea about a year ago. My theory is that it was surfaced by intense emotional stress. I was on the verge of ending my first relationship, my home was dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, I was trying to figure out the next step in my life, and in the midst of all this I switched from one chemical-filled facial cleanser, to another chemical-filled facial cleanser. I didn’t know that all this was the trigger at the time, I was just extremely confused and embarrassed about how my face looked.

So I tried everything to get rid of it, from putting a steaming hot wash cloth over my face for a few minutes a day, to apple cider vinegar, to continuing to use my new face wash in case my skin just needed to adjust. But nothing was working, so I gave up and went to the doctor to get some antibiotics. Ugh, antibiotics. Nausea in a capsule, more like. I took them for two months at first, but then my Rosacea came back soon after I stopped taking them, so I got a prescription for another six months. I’m pretty stoked, however, to say that those six months ended yesterday! But I know now is not the time to relax. Doxycycline can make it disappear for a while, but I’m going to send this Rosacea back to the pit from whence it came. And I’m gonna do it naturally.

So we’ve already established that Rosacea flare-ups can be triggered by emotional trauma/stress, but what else affects it? And how can I go about getting rid of it?

There are four subtypes of Rosacea, each describing a different way it appears on the skin. I have Subtype 2, which is characterized by acne-like breakouts and skin sensitivity. Most people have Subtype 1 and will experience redness in the face, flushing, and higher visibility of blood vessels. So for most, excessive sun exposure, stress, alcohol consumption, and drinking coffee most likely cause Rosacea breakouts, though the triggers are not limited to those things.

No matter what the trigger is, there is always still an underlying problem. More and more people now are becoming intolerant to things like gluten, dairy, and other allergens that can damage the body’s gut lining. In my case, I’m fairly certain I have an intolerance to both gluten and dairy; I just didn’t know it until my Rosacea appeared and I was frantically searching for the cause and a cure.

I’m in a place now in my wellness journey where I want to stop relying on things like antibiotics. I want to be able to say that I beat this thing by changing my diet and my health habits. So that means cutting gluten and dairy out of my diet entirely. I’m not gonna lie, when I I first came to that realization I wanted to cry. Like, I can’t eat bread and cheese anymore? I may as well stop breathing. Yes, it’s gonna be a challenge, but you can bet I’ll find some pretty delicious recipes for me and my family to munch on that will help me, not hurt me.

There is much more science-y stuff involved in dealing with Rosacea (click here to read more), but it ultimately comes down to tracking the trigger, and locating what habits or foods have negatively affected your body. And though it may not be the main cause, cosmetics, facial cleansers, and brands of sunscreen will also affect the appearance of that face God gave you. I’ve personally been able to experiment with the best of the best when it comes to keeping my face healthy. If you want to tried and true tips and tricks hit me up at thelemonlife@aol.com!