Couperose Complexion

Disclaimer: This information is in no way intended to be a substitute for modern medical care. Do not self-treat any medical complaint without the guidance of a licensed health care provider.

      Couperose complexions are those where the skin is filled with broken capillaries (the tiny blood vessels found just under the skin). This makes for redness mainly around the nose or on the cheeks. Any kind of skin can become couperose, but this condition is most often found in those whose skin is dry, thin, delicate or mature. The likelihood of having a couperose complexion are increased if you drink, smoke or have fair skin, fair hair, or high blood pressure. Exposing your skin to extreme temperatures or rough scrubbing also contributes to the condition and will make the problem worse once you have it.

      Though it is often difficult to treat, a couperose complexion cam be improved over time, especially if you improve capillary strength with herbs that are high in flavonoids. These herbs include St. John’s wort, ginkgo, hawthorn, calendula, lemon, peppers, buckwheat and rose-hips. Chamomile, lavender, rose and neroli, along with lesser-known helichrysum, also make weak and broken capillaries stronger and more resilient, soothe delicate skin and reduce puffiness.

      A facial also helps in treating a couperose complexion, but be sure to take extra care when applying it. Wash your face with lukewarm water and a cleansing cream. Avoid the temperature extremes of a cold water splash or a facial steam because they bring extra blood to the skin’s surface. Also, stay away from scrubs and astringent masks, such as those made with clay, which increase surface circulation and encourage capillaries to break in sensitive skin. Instead, use only the gentlest exfoliants and masks, such as yogurt, papaya or honey, and facial toners made of hydrosols or aloe vera. Look for moisturizers and toners designed for dry skin.

      There is hope! The following recipes do make a difference over time!

Facial for Couperose Complexion

      Blend ingredients. Apply to face and leave on for at least 5 minutes. Gently rinse off with lukewarm water.

Toner for Couperose Complexion

      Combine ingredients and shake well before using. Apply with cotton swabs, or spray on using an atomizer. For men with couperose or sensitive skin, this toner can also be used as an aftershave.

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      All information provided in this article is the result of research using (but not limited to) the following books and guides: Herbs for Health and Healing, Rodale; Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham; Magical Herbalism, Scott Cunningham; The Complete Guide to Natural Healing, International Masters Publishers; Earthway, Mary Summer Rain; Teach Yourself Herbs, Susie White; Natural Beauty from the Garden, Janice Cox; Nature's Prescriptions, Editors of FC&A Medical Publishing, and The People's Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies, Joe Graedon and Theresa Graedon, Ph.D