Capers in Cosmetics (2): curing Rosacea
Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that typically affects the face. It results in redness, pimples, swelling and small and superficial dilated blood vessels. Often, the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin are most involved. A red, enlarged nose may occur in severe disease, a condition known as rhinophyma.
Causes of Rosacea
The cause of rosacea is unknown. Risk factors are believed to include a family history of the condition. Factors that may potentially worsen the condition include heat, exercise, sunlight, cold, spicy food, alcohol, menopause, psychological stress, or steroid cream on the face. Diagnosis is based on symptoms.
While not curable, treatment usually improves symptoms. Traditional treatment is typically with metronidazole, doxycycline, minocycline, or tetracycline. When the eyes are affected, azithromycin eye drops may help. Other treatments with tentative benefit include brimonidine cream, ivermectin cream, and isotretinoin. Dermabrasion or laser surgery may also be used. The use of sunscreen is typically recommended.
Rosacea affects between 1 and 10% of people. Those affected are most often 30 to 50 years old and female. Caucasians are more frequently affected. Rosacea affects over 16 million Americans, but despite how widespread it is, it’s still considered to be poorly understood.
First Recognition of Rosacea
Although today rosacea is well recognized as a common skin disorder that may affect tens of millions of individuals throughout the world, many centuries passed before it was identified as a distinct medical condition that requires specific therapy.
The first person known to describe rosacea medically was Dr. Guy de Chauliac, a French surgeon living in the 14th century. He called the condition “goutterose” (French for “pink droplet”) or “couperose” (now a common French term for rosacea).
References to rosacea also did not escape early literature. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales ( published in 1387 ) in his description of the Sumnour, along with what seems to be an indication that alcohol was a cause:
"Wel loved he garleek, oynons and eek leeks, And for to drinken strong wyn red as blood."
and Shakespeare’s Henry V include descriptions of men with red faces and enlarged noses.
Artists through the centuries also have depicted rosacea in paintings of red faces and bulbous red noses.
A painting in the Louvre, “The Old Man and His Grandson” by Ghirlandaio around the year 1480, is a well-known example.
What causes Rosacea ?
Doctors don’t know exactly what causes rosacea. A few things that may play a role are:
Your genes. Rosacea often runs in families.
Blood vessel trouble. The redness on your skin might be due to problems with blood vessels in your face. Sun damage could cause them to get wider, which makes it easier for other people to see them.
Mites. They’re tiny insects. A type called Demodex folliculorum normally lives on your skin and usually isn’t harmful. Some people, though, have a heightened sensitivity to the mites, or more of these bugs than usual.. Too many mites could irritate your skin.
Bacteria. A type called H. pylori normally lives in your gut. Some studies suggest this germ can raise the amount of a digestive hormone called gastrin, which might cause your skin to look flushed.
The Non-Traditional Cure
While it is widely claimed there isn’t a cure for rosacea, a healthy diet and some treatments can help you manage the redness, bumps, and other symptoms.
A 27-year old woman Jarae in New Zealand with severe rosacea was given a concoction of steroid creams, pills and even hormone creams, but nothing really helped. Then, through a process of trial and error, she found that drinking plenty of water, eliminating gluten, dairy produce and sugar from her diet, coupled with regular exercise, did help her skin.
I am a strong believer too of how the elimination of high glycemic index food (sugar, gluten and lactose ) can heal the microbioma and with it cure your skin disease. Skin issues such as acne, rosacea and eczema can be signs of a build up of toxins.
A healthy diet should include capers and with the successful launch of a cosmetic product containing extracts of capparis spinosa, the benefits of capers in cosmetics has once more been confirmed.
Foods that trigger rosacea symptoms
The major dietary triggers of rosacea symptoms are spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol (especially red wine), and any thermally hot foods and beverages.
Additionally, there is a theory that foods that release histamine, such as eggplant, avocado, deep sea fish, soy sauce, chocolate, and cheese, should be avoided. This is because histamine, a compound naturally found throughout the body, causes redness and flushing by dilating blood vessels.
Another approach to calming the inflammatory symptoms of rosacea is to eliminate or reduce pro-inflammatory foods, such as sugars and starchy foods.
Natural Treatments for Rosacea: Capers
Caper bud extract is known to control and reduce the symptoms of rosacea, as capers are rich in flavonoid compounds, rutin and quercetin. Both these compounds are potent sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage, the main cause of inflammation in skin. Rutin is proved to be helpful in treating strained or dilated blood vessels.
Dermalogical KALME by Skinshop
There is much to do on the internet about Skin Shop’s Kalme Day Defence, an under-the radar cream made from caper-bud extract. The cream contains a patented caper extract called Derma Sensitive, which has been proven in clinical trials to reduce skin redness and sensitivity by up to 70%.
Chronic rosacea sufferers on the internet swear that it has has relieved them of the painful redness and inflammation caused by the common condition.
Kalme is based in a small town in Hampshire, England, which has gained a following through the internet, in the online forums and communities where rosacea sufferers trade tips and provide emotional support.
- a day cream with SPF (offered in 25 and 30)
- an overnight repairing cream
- a cream cleanser
- a smoothing tinted moisturizer
all formulated with the proprietary Capparis spinosa fruit extract — patented as Derma-Sensitive — that devotees say has been instrumental in alleviating their symptoms when nothing else has worked.
(Most recently, Kalme was highlighted in a story published by Express last week, in which one woman states, “They were the first products I had put on that did not burn when I applied them.”)
There is something to be said for the fact that people who have struggled with their painful symptoms for years, even to the detriment of their mental and emotional well-being, are finding relief in a simple over-the-counter product.
Rosacea concealer, also for men
Men using any form of cosmetics is still a taboo to some degree. However men with rosacea should consider the option of a concealer not just for cosmetic reasons but because it could actually help improve the skin condition, just like it does for women.
Kalme users claim people barely notice the product on their face, and that the only difference is
“how good their skin looks and that was from one of my male mates.”
The concealer is green at first and once rubbed in, it will adjust exactly to the colour of your skin. Kalme Chameleon concealer covers redness and leaves skin tone even and natural looking. It’s a very light formula so does not give a look like a normal thicker cosmetic concealer.
Famous Faces with Rosacea
Rosacea is such a complicated skin condition to manage that even famous people who’s budget and expert attention to their appearance knows no bounds still find hard to control.
More of Rosacea in Art
“The old man and his grandson” is not the only representation of rosacea in art. And most likely not the oldest either.
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