Couperose? Blame Yourself!

What causes couperose?

Genetics, smoking or alcohol consumption are always on top of the list when you search for couperose causes. Of course they play their part but let’s not believe everything. Nobody in my family suffers from couperose except my mom, at least she did. Yes, it’s in the past. I will tell you briefly not only the cause but how she got rid of it as well.

Some women use day cream, night cream and everything in between to make sure they have a constantly hydrated face. Of course on the surface this is a good thing, we are always encouraged by ads and products to do so. But some of them are actually the trigger for couperose and the long use may destroy your face completely. My mom was no exception, she was always buying face creams, face butter, you name it, she had it. Then a couple of years ago she noticed redness started to form on her cheeks and guess what she did, she bought more creams for that, encouraged by the dermatologist, of course. In the beginning we saw a difference, but after she used the creams for two months, it started to come back. So of course she was desperate and she went to another doctor that prescribed the same treatment even though she specified that it didn’t work for her. Higher doze should do the trick, he said. It didn’t, not at all. So she turned to natural products instead. It’s been a long time since then so I apologise for not remembering the source of information, but she bought Sweet Almond Oil which replaced most of the creams she owned.

Sweet Almond Oil is now replacing the day and night creams and she uses it as a makeup removal as well. Please don’t get me wrong, it’s not like magic, you apply it and it’s gone, it’s a process you need to respect, patience being the key. Also, two years ago, she started to use Hemp Seed Oil which had amazing results as well. ( read more about Hemp Seed Oil benefits here )

The point of this short story was to encourage you to replace commercial products with natural oils, you will actually get results and you won’t damage your skin and health on the long term. ( plus they are cheaper in some cases) Of course not all the creams out there are a threat for you, that’s why the following list will tell you exactly what to look for and avoid to keep cuperose or other skin conditions away.

  1. Parabens
  2. Synthetic Colours
  3. Fragrance – According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash and moisturisers.
  4. Phthalates
  5. Triclosan
  6. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
  7. Formaldehyde
  8. Toluene
  9. Propylene Glycol
  10. Sunscreen Chemicals – They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body. Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate and they can be found in Sunscreen products.

While researching for this article I myself got rid of a sunscreen protection cream that had number 9,2 and 4 in its composition. I hope this article was helpful and please always read twice the ingredients when you are buying a new product. Better safe than sorry! Let me know if you found any products with those ingredients.

P.S: Isn’t it strange that the products we use for our hair have the same harmful ingredients as the ones we use on our face? Let me know what you think in the comments section down below!

Love,

J.A.