Monday, September 16, 2013

Help for Sensitive Skin with Redness

Diet to help skin redness
A rosy flush may be attractive for some, but when your skin feels dry and itchy and breaks out or appears inflamed in patches, it's not a pretty picture. Dermatologists refer to one type of redness as rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin condition and mostly affects middle-aged women with fair skin. This article will help you learn the causes of redness and how foods and ingredients in skin care products can increase or reduce redness.

What causes redness
Irritating ingredients in products, heredity and certain foods tend to increase redness. Whether it's the soft tissue in your mouth or your skin, one sign of inflammation is redness.  Foods that may cause flare ups or trigger inflammation include:
  • Spicy foods 
  • Hot condiments such as cayenne
  • High fructose corn syrup 
  • Margarine, vegetable shortening, cotton seed oil, regular safflower oil, partially hydrogenated oil
  • Irritating ingredients in skin care such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), plant essential oils/extracts, fragrances, formaldehyde, and salicylic acid. 
  • Alcohol
  • Sun exposure
  • Stress, anger or embarrassment
  • Certain drugs such as corticosteroids, and some blood pressure medications
Help to reduce redness with diet
Antioxidant rich foods help keep your skin healthy from inside out.  These include:

  • Dark leafy green vegetables, such as kale, beets, ginger, turmeric and fruits (berries)
  • Aim for whole grains only, avoid white flour, bread and sugar
  • Winter squash
  • Avocados
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Salmon and other omega-3 rich foods, such as eggs fortified with omega-3, and extra virgin olive oil
  • Drink at least 64 oz of water daily
Help to reduce redness with skin care
  • Skin care with antioxidants are excellent to help reduce redness and rosacea.
  • Protect your skin from sun exposure with a natural sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (non-micronized).
  • Soy oil in skin care has been shown to help inflammation, as reported in Journal of Inflammation.
Skin care to help reduce redness

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