While many of us have suffered an occasional blush or red face from anxiety, stress or anger, many others must endure the condition on a more permanent basis. Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder in which the face - most notable the cheeks and nose - are unusually red. The relatively common disorder affects women more often than men, usually between the ages of 30 and 50; men, however are more prone to more severe cases. Its symptoms include facial flushing and acnelike pimples. Although the redness may come and go, eventually it may become permanent. While the causes of this condition aren't yet known, several factors are believed to contribute to it.
      Alcohol, infection, stress, B-vitamin deficiencies and gastrointestinal disorders (reduced gastric acid output) are known to dilate the small facial veins, causing rosacea. What makes one person's condition worse, however, might not even affect another person. Natural steps to treat the problem include dietary changes, stress reduction and nutritional supplements.

The benefit of juices and berries
      Both apple and dark grape juices may be beneficial for those suffering from rosacea. These fruits protect and help repair blood vessels, so try to include them in your diet. It's best to drink the beverage between meals and at room temperature. Or, eat brightly pigmented berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, purple grapes, cherries and cranberries.

What You Can Do
      Avoid foods with hot spices and alcoholic beverages, which can cause your face to flush. Do not drink hot liquids, either, and eliminate refined sugars from your diet. Eat plenty of raw vegetables and grains and supplement your diet with B-complex vitamins. Try to avoid extreme temperatures and stay out of the sun or heat as much as possible. In addition, keep stress to a minimum. Finally, use gentle skin-care products and avoid wearing any makeup.

Sun Protection
      Too much sun can expand the facial blood vessels long-term and also cause permanent damage. If you plan to be outside during the day, protect yourself with sunscreen.

Avoid temperature change
      Quick temperature changes - such as getting into a very warm car - affect sensitive skin. Avoid extreme fluctuations in temperature as much as possible; repeated often, these conditions may eventually expand small facial veins and lead to permanent reddening. For outdoor activities, use a weather protection cream.

Let hot drinks cool down
      Some individuals with rosacea may experience flushing, tingling in the face and a worsened condition from drinking hot liquids, such as coffee. If you notice this annoying consequence, cool beverages down before drinking them, or abstain from very warm liquids altogether.

Rule out allergies
      The use of makeup and skin-care products can worsen rosacea. Test any new product on your arm first to determine if you might develop a reaction. Take note of any foods that may give you an adverse skin reaction, even if it's only temporary, and stay away from them.

Dietary supplements
      Supplements are frequently recommended to help deter rosacea. Take B-complex vitamins and hydrochloric acid regularly; follow label directions. Alfalfa and burdock root also have detoxifying properties and can help improve skin tone.

Natural Healing Techniques
      The following teas may reduce rosacea and should be drunk lukewarm:

Methods of Administration

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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