Rosacea. Causes, treatment and prevention

Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition, characterised by flushing and redness, which is caused by inflammation to the blood vessels. People who have fair skin and who tend to blush easily may be at a higher risk of the condition, and it appears more often among women around the time of menopause, along with hot flushes.

There are a variety of trigger factors that are thought to make rosacea worse, such as alcohol and sunlight. There’s a major cause you may not be aware of however. Stress.

Most Western treatments focus on the symptoms rather than the cause. But Chinese Medicine is different, and its integrated mind-body approach to health opens up a whole new explanation and range of treatments.

According to Chinese Medicine, rosacea is linked to the healthy functioning of the heart. If the heart is stressed, heat is created. The body protects itself by redirecting the heat out via the skin, resulting in painful flare ups of hot, sore skin.

How can Hayo’u help? The answer is to keep the heart stress-free and to control the body’s release of heat by enabling your entire circulatory system to do the hard work for you. This self-treatment is called Gua Sha – an ancient Chinese Medicine technique that helps draw out heat and rebalance the functioning of the organs.

Use The Body Restorer™ Gua Sha tool 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™ can also be used directly on your face. Pop the jade Beauty in the fridge and once chilled, press the flat side to the affected areas to further cool and soothe.

Next, use the Rescue Breath Ritual to keep stress under control and to thus prevent it from affecting the heart. Deep smiling breaths work on multiple levels and despite their simplicity are astonishingly affective.

Lastly do our Reset Ritual every day. The shaking, twisting and drumming movements 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.

Disclaimer: 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, contact us at or seek medical advice. This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.

Supporting studies:

Breathing, inflammation and the vagus nerve

Assessment of the Effects of Pranayama/Alternate Nostril Breathing on the Parasympathetic Nervous System in Young Adults.

Anant Narayan Sinha – Published 2013 in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research

Gua Sha and microcirculation

Effects of Gua Sha on Heart Rate Variability in Healthy Male Volunteers under Normal Condition and Weightlifters after Weightlifting Training Sessions

Gua Sha therapy could facilitate the parasympathetic nervous activity and modulate the balance between parasympathetic and sympathetic activities




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