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Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition estimated to affect 45 million people worldwide. Rosacea sufferers tend to be Caucasian, females, between 30 and 50 at the onset of symptoms. It is interesting to note that men, while less likely to suffer from rosacea, tend to have the most severe symptoms.

Rosacea primarily affects the face, although it can also be present on the neck, ears, chest, and shoulders, and symptoms include persistent or unusual flushing or redness, visible blood vessels, thickening or scaling of skin, pimples, white heads, blackheads, enlarged pores, pustules and bumps. Additional symptoms may be red, irritated eyes, scaly, flaky eyebrow skin and a bulbous, even a misshapen nose.

When looking for natural, topical rosacea treatments look for 100% pure plant oils. Here are a few ingredients to look for to improve the condition:

Seabuckthorn Seed Oil Loaded with Omegas 3, 6 & 9 as well as several natural antioxidants, Sea buckthorn oil has incredible anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties to help heal damaged skin.

Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil Contains the highest concentration of Omega 7 (palmitoleic acid) than any other source (one of only two botanical sources). Palmitoleic acid is a key component of epithelial cells and is necessary for cell regeneration and repair.

Meadow foam Seed Oil Extremely stable oil due to its long chain fatty acid content (98%), it’s also an excellent lubricant.

Chamomile Oil: Contains azulene, which provides calming and soothing effects.

Calendula: Anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe irritated skin and reduce pain associated with a rosacea flush.

Borage Oil: Rich in Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid commonly known as Omega 6, borage oil has anti-inflammatory properties.

Jojoba Oil: A wax ester whose structure resembles that of the skin’s natural oil, sebum, is a non-irritating natural barrier that helps reduce trans-epidermal water loss.

Lavender Essential Oil: Its anti-inflammatory properties calm the skin.

Rose Hip Oil: Has antiseptic properties, contains a high concentration of Omega 6 and other essential fatty acids and can help regulate the production of sebum.

Evening Primrose Oil: High in Omega 6, evening primrose oil is an excellent natural emollient.

Ingredients to Avoid- Known Rosacea Irritants

Alcohol
Witch Hazel
Exfoliating agents such as fruit purees and juice powders
Fragrance
Menthol
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Citrus essential oils such as orange, lemon and grapefruit
Astringents

Marissa Hilton McPherson
Manager, Online Business Development

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