Rosacea is a skin ailments marked by facial redness and broken capillaries. But its not just a topical issue, it is aggravated by inflammation in our internal body. This is influenced by many of our personal habits – one important factor in rosacea care is our exercise regime. Because rosacea is a cardiovascular disorder, it is often triggered when our blood circulation is over-stimulated. When we put ourselves past our physical limits and find we end our workouts red in the face and inflamed, this contributes to the worsening of rosacea.
While regular exercise is part of overall wellness, those with rosacea are prone to inflammation and over-heating. Pressure on our blood vessels from intense cardio and teeth gritting weight lifting aggravates this condition. So, if you suffer from rosacea or sensitive skin, rethink your exercise regime to integrate more calming practices.
Opt for taking in a yoga or class or gentle strengthening pilates session over signing up for that marathon. However, hot yoga should be avoided for these skin conditions – but if you must indulge your love of warm asanas, do it only in cooling wintertime and slather yourself with anti-inflammatory coconut oil beforehand.
With this, make breathing exercises part of your work out routine. The increase in fresh oxygen nourishes your body and so many pranayam calm the mind. Below is a classic Pranayam (breathing exercise) that is known for its cooling effects.
Sheetali is a cooling pranayam that helps treat high acid and heat in the digestive system. Its excellent for removing inflamed, aggravated emotions and irritability. In a sitting position, you roll your tongue making a tube out of it (yes, like we used to do in school). This tube acts like a straw of which you breathe through. Inhale through the mouth and exhale through the nose. You can actually feel the cold breath entering your body and excess heat being purged out.