Redness, pimples, swelling – all symptoms related to rosacea that can affect not only your skin, but your mood too. In a study conducted by the National Rosacea Society, 76% of people suffering with this inflammatory skin condition said that it had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem while 52% said that it had caused them to avoid being in public. Amongst those patients with severe symptoms, 70% said that the condition had adversely affected their careers, with 30% claiming that they had even missed work as a whole because of the condition (1).
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition, characterised by flushing and redness, which is caused by inflammation to the blood vessels. Twice as many women as men are affected by this condition but symptoms are generally more severe in males. Individuals between the ages of 30-50, with fair skin, blue eyes and from Northern Europe tend to be most at risk. What's more, experts estimated that around 2-5% of people have symptoms of rosacea. Also, it's said that it can appear more often among women around the time of menopause, along with hot flushes (2).
What causes rosacea?
There are a variety of trigger factors that are thought to make rosacea worse, such as alcohol and sunlight. However, the most common cause that people claim to affect their skin condition is stress.
Rosacea has been called ‘the great pretender’ as the early symptoms can often be confused with acne, mild sensitivity and even sunburn. Thankfully, the condition is being studied more often now and taken as seriously as the symptoms of acne, psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions, so it's important to recognise both the signs of its development and how you can get rid of and prevent rosacea long-term. Rosacea mainly affects the face although it can appear on the scalp, neck, chest and back. In severe cases, the skin around the nose can become swollen and enlarged making
eyes itchy and feel irritated.
How to prevent rosacea naturally
Most Western treatments focus on the symptoms rather than the cause. However, in Chinese Medicine, the approach is an integrated mind-body one, which is one way you can try to stop rosacea from progressing and calm a flare-up.
It's said that according to Chinese Medicine, rosacea is linked to the heart. If the heart is stressed, heat is created and therefore the body protects itself by redirecting the heat out via the skin, resulting in painful flare-ups of hot, swollen and sore skin.
So, one way to combat rosacea is to embrace the home remedy and natural solution of trying live a little more stress-free – this enables the body’s release of heat by enabling your entire circulatory system to do the hard work for you. And, his self-treatment or home remedy is called Gua sha – an ancient Chinese Medicine technique that helps draw out heat and rebalance the functioning of the organs.
How the Hayo'u Method can help calm rosacea bumps
Inspired by Chinese medicine, Hayo’u is a self-treatment method which enables you to master your health. Based on the largely unknown but hugely beneficial aspect of Chinese Medicine Yang sheng, (nurture life), the Hayo’u Method addresses the root cause of most modern-day illness – stress (3).
• The Body Restorer™
The Hayo'u Method claims that the Body Restorer™ Gua sha tool can help to expel the heat through the unaffected areas of the skin. Press-stroke the tool on the chest area, 8 strokes at a time, encouraging the skin to redden. Remember not to use on skin that’s broken or over moles. The redness will go down quickly and over time won’t appear at all – this is when the heat has been cleared and you’ll notice your symptoms have disappeared too.
• The Beauty Restorer™
The Beauty Restorer™ can be used directly on your face. You should avoid performing Gua sha on your cheeks if you suffer from Rosacea. However, the Beauty Restorer™ can also be held against your cheeks to cool and soothe redness. Pop it in the fridge and once chilled, simply press the flat side to the affected areas. You’ll notice that the jade will warm up and your cheeks will cool down!
• The Rescue Breath Ritual
Then, you can use the Rescue Breath Ritual to keep stress under control and to prevent it from affecting the heart. Deep smiling breaths work on multiple levels and despite their simplicity, are very effective even in cases that help combat skin conditions like rosacea.
• The Reset Ritual
The shaking, twisting and drumming movements of the Reset Ritual prevent stress getting a foothold in the body thus instigating the environment for the condition to flare up. It also allows any pent-up heat to be dispersed over the entire body in a gentle manner.
So, if you're suffering through the discomfort and pain of rosacea, why not add alternative, natural home remedy solutions to your repertoire? Good luck!
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Gua sha is a treatment designed to relieve muscular pain and tension and improve circulation. Results vary according to age, strength of body, skin type and medical conditions. If you are under the age of 16 and over the age of 60 or suffering specific medical conditions, we do not recommend using the Body Restorer™. At no point should treatment feel painful. Always start gently, observing the reaction to your skin and proceed with caution. If in any doubt, seek medical advice. This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.
1. NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Rosacea/
2. British Skin Foundation: https://www.pevonia.co.uk/advice/rosacea-the-basic-facts
3. TheHayo'u Method: https://www.hayoumethod.com
4. Gua sha and microcirculation supporting studies: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17905355, http://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/press-releases/2015/05/05/science-gua-sha, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4433678/