Red In The Face….

I have always been obsessed with skin care. I am one of these people that thinks that the more expensive the product the more effective it is. Well this is totally not the case. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of expensive products that are worth it, but some products are mighty in the punch they pack and lack the price tag. Those we would call a steal. It just takes a lot of research and a lot of due diligence to read what is out there and what is working for others. However, if you have sensitive skin like I do you may have tried everything out there and nothing seems to work. I have rosacea and my face is radio active (I call it) to almost everything. I get hot I flush, I drink alcohol I flush, I get nervous or stressed I flush, which in turn brings on the face burning. My husband swears I would run the air conditioner all year round if I would let him. I just froze him out of my car this morning.

In this picture below it is clear it was a bad day for my Face!

IRosacea Pic One

The basic definition of Rosacea from wikipedia is as follows: “Long term skin condition characterized by facial redness, small and superficial dilated blood vessels on facial skin, capulets, pustules, and swelling. It typically begins as redness on the central face across the cheeks, nose, or forehead, but can also less commonly affect the neck, chest, ears, and scalp. Rosacea is almost three times more common in women.” As time has progressed and I have had sensitive skin chemical peels with light derma planing, oxygen facials (which are to die for), lactic acid peels with light derma planing, to prescriptions from the dermatologists. You name it I have done it and tried it. Some estheticians believe derma planing feeds rosacea and that you shouldn’t do it at all. The most logical explanation came for an allergy doctor from Carolina, Asthma, and Allergy. He told me that a lot of the bacteria that is produced is auto immune and comes from within. He explained to me that there are products out there on the market that will reduce inflammation and reduce the bacteria levels in your body. Minocyclene and Oracea are two that I have tried. So everything I was trying was topical and it was a short term fix for the problem.

Prescription Rosacea Medicines

Descriptions of each below: Search each name on google to get definition

Soolantra-1%Ivermectin which is a topical cream that is reported to have anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory properties. The adverse reaction to it, which is what I had with it, can be skin burning sensation and skin irritationOracea is Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is used in the treatment of a number of types of infections caused by bacteria and protozoa. Fiancee is a topical gel containing azelaic acid, a naturally occurring acid. Azelaic acid helps the skin to renew itself more quickly and therefore reduces pimple and blackhead formation. It also helps to kill the bacteria that cause acne and rosacea. It is used primarily to treat mild to moderate rosacea. Skin that is marked by red eruptions, usually on cheeks and nose. Desonide is a prescription cortisone cream used to treat redness, swelling, itching, and discomfort of various skin conditions. You can apply it up to two to three times a day.

In an article on http://www.rosacea.org, Dr. Graeme Lipper, Assistant professor of Dermatology at the University of Vermont medical college wrote, “It would be easy to screen patients with rosacea (especially women) for potential auto immune comorbidities by asking a few simple questions.”

(1) Do you get numbness and tingling or weakness in your hands?

(2) Gastrointestinal upset or diarrhea when you eat wheat or other sources of gluten?

(3) How about joint pain and stiffness?

Of course further research is needed to determine the nature of the relationship, but I answered yes to all of those questions above and I think there is a correlation between auto immune issues and rosacea. I am a big proponent as mentioned in my other blog on clean eating. What we put in our mouths effect our total body whether we realize it or not.

It is very frustrating for me having a rosacea issue and a dermatitis issue. Sometimes I feel like a walking “Hot mess”. And I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest new thing. Ha! I have to use lotions with no fragrance, detergents with no fragrance, and light fragrant body washes. It has been a lot of trial and error over the years. It is hard during the winter because my skin gets so dry, red, and blotchy. When I scratch it, it may bleed, or welp up and look like some wild animal has clawed me to death. I turn to Euricin for that or Aveeno. It is an instant cooling sensation. Gold Bond is now making an eczema lotion which I like a lot as well. I have to wash all of my clothes in Woolite Dark Detergent and my husbands in Gain or Oxyclean which I love! All has started making a Free with Oxyclean in it so I still get a little bit of the fragrance. It is hard making sure I have all of my bases covered.

Laundry Detergent

My husband suffers from Rosacea as well but he has treated his with laser treatments. It honestly seems to keep it at bay for about a year and a half to two years. I do think it is something that I would try. Basically the laser beam goes in and dissolves the capillaries that become so visible with Rosacea. I asked my husband if it hurt and he said no, that it just felt like someone was snapping a rubber band on your skin.  There is so much out there on the market now days it can be overwhelming to pick a source of treatment that would work best for you.  I meet with my dermatologist every October and we do a full body mole check and then we discuss my skin issues and any changes I have noticed. They carry the sunscreen that I wear everyday and absolutely love!! I could not live without it. If you don’t have a dermatologist I would strongly suggest that you get one, especially if you are prone to a lot of moles or dark spots and sensitive skin issues.

Products to Combat Rosacea

Left to Right:

I use the Skin Ceutical Hydrating B5 Gel all over my face. Eyelids, under eyes, neck everywhere. It is like a drink of water for the skin. This is oil free and it helps bind moisture to the skin. The Elta MD is a moisturizer and sunscreen in one formulated for every skin type. I use it religiously every morning before anything goes on my face. It is also lightweight and oil free. Skin Print  is a fabulous line I found while talking to a plastic surgeon’s esthetician about my rosacea, yet again. A group of scientists literally got together and created a line for every type of skin type. My skin really reacts well to their products for sensitive skin. Last but not least La Mer! The treatment lotion on their website holds true to its name…”Liquid Energy”. It awakens the complexion and drives moisture deep into the skin to improve texture and even the skin tone. It is the most expensive out of the four but so worth it and a little goes along way. When I run out I wait until Neiman Marcus is having their gift so that way I get a little more for my money.

Having sensitive skin can be a pain but it can be contained! I hope that these tips will help you to navigate the right course of treatment that is best for you!

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