Light acne, rosacea-prone skin
Rosacea-prone skin can show flare-ups and/or persistent redness on the face. Rosacea-prone skin is often accompanied by small spots and dry or damaged skin barrier.
For this type of skin, it is imperative to protect the skin from the UV rays, be extremely gentle and avoid any tools or products that can irritate the skin like washcloths or chemical peels (strong exfoliating acids).
Daily Skincare Routine
1. Cleanse face with gentle Triple Action Cleanser + cold water to rinse. This concentrated cleanser doesn't foam and only a small amount is needed. It mildly exfoliates and adds probiotic without irritation. Pat dry leaving a little bit of moisture for the next step.
2. Apply Vitamin C Serum in Oil to the whole face (avoid eye area). This serum will repair the skin barrier, nourish and add powerful antioxidants. The vitamin C (rare oil form) in this formula is not photosensitising, a major problem for rosacea-prone skin.
3. Apply Multilayer Serum to affected areas to target redness & sebum.
4. Apply Regulating Cream to whole face to regulate bacteria and to prevent future blemishes.
5. Take Skin & Biotics food supplement (2 capsules at once) to assist the gut health.
Based on the new science of nutrition, healthy eating now has a new purpose. Given the overarching importance of our gut microbiome in overall health and skin health, we should be choosing foods to feed our gut microbiome.
In case of rosacea, a condition with links to some inflammatory diseases and leaky gut, improving the health of the gut and the gut lining integrity is essential.
Foods that help feed our microbiome are:
- Fibre-rich fruits and vegetables such as oats, broccoli, bananas, apples, cabbage, etc
- Diversity of plant based foods - aim for a minimum of 30- 35 different foods (including herbs, spices, seeds, fruits, vegetables) per week to improve the diversity of the gut microbiome
Foods that help restore hormone balance are:
- Healthy fats such as olive oil, flaxseed, crushed hemp seeds, avocado, nuts
- Omega 3s (fish oil or omega 3 supplements)
- Higher sugar (including simple carbs) produce more insulin. More insulin leads to more androgens. More androgens lead to more sebum and potentially to acne or spots.
- In ageing skin, sugar leads to premature ageing in a process called glycation. Glycation damages collagen and elastin and can't be reversed, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles.
Exercise increases blood flow, and blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells around the body, including the skin. Physical movement is also key in hormone balancing. Any form of exercise works, from fast walking to resistance training like weightlifting. Find an activity you like to do, and you're more likely to stick with it.
Managing stress is another key element of heath and healthy skin. Incorporate some kind of breathing exercises into your life, even if it's just a few minutes each day. Yoga is a great way to combine physical and breathing exercises.
Improve your sleep and take time out to relax. Stress is an aggravating factor for acne and rosacea, and many people suffer stress without recognising the symptoms.