Rosacea is a skin condition with no real known “cause” although a variety of factors can absolutely contribute to this inflammatory issue. It can range in severity from a slight reddening of the skin, to a type of rosacea that can actually disfigure the face like in the case of Rhinophyma which thickens and augments the shape of the nose.
There are three general different types of rosacea;
Rosacea flares can occur due to diet, stress, heat and/or UV exposure. For many people rosacea can be controlled with proper skin care products, laser or light treatments to decrease redness and vasculature, and an anti-inflammatory diet. Many people misdiagnose photodamage with rosacea. Years of chronic sun exposure can cause deep redness and telangectasias (blood vessels) that can look like rosacea. The good news is you can treat both in the same way.
“In my late twenties, I decided to take an active role in my health and wellbeing as a lifestyle. My career as a movement therapist was blooming, and I was ready for what the thirties had to offer. Cut to two years later, and although I was at the top of my field career wise my skin was telling another story. Redness on my cheeks started to develop with weird spots that then covered my nose. Being a redhead, I thought that maybe my skin was getting more sensitive so I cleaned out my products, and started on a more natural skin regime. I purchased all the skin healthy “therapeutic grade” essential oils I could find. Things only got worse. This was the start of my wild two-year long goose chase that emptied my wallet and my hopes for clearer skin. I tried EVERYTHING. Every celebrity that had pale skin and was endorsing a product, I jumped in, and producted up. I even bought a freaking infrared sauna to cure my face. NOTHING HAPPENED. I finally relented and went to the best dermatologist in town. He deemed my condition to be rosacea. And that there wasn’t much he could do but prescribe me a topical cream, and tell me to clean up my lifestyle. What!?! I was already a dairy free, paleo, sober, meditating, non- smoker, intermittent faster, mover, exerciser, supplement taking machine. I got body work weekly, didn’t have TV for years, and got acupuncture regularly. LIFESTYLE? That was his answer? I decided to ask a friend who has amazing skin who she trusted for advice. I got referred to Christy Hall, and I am so glad I did! She took one look at my skin and said “Yes, that’s rosacea and here’s what you need to do”. She told me about my options of lasers and her suggestion of products that she specially formulated for people in my position. I thought “what’s another product, when I already spent THOUSANDS of dollars?”. So, I walked out of her office with her Vital A Serum, and a huge dose of skepticism. I thought I knew the gig when it came to vitamin A based products. I thought for sure it would increase my redness and sensitivity like it did back in the good old Retin A days. But to my surprise the morning after I applied it for the first time, I woke up to a little less irritation. Then the next day, the bumps got smaller. And literally in three weeks my skin was 80% clearer. EIGHTY PERCENT. I ran back to Christy and asked for the full-scale product hook up. And I have never looked back. My skin looks better than it has... actually ever. Every product has helped to bring my skin back from the brink of disaster. I recently did a BBL laser treatment to bump the skin healing, and after much whining beforehand, it was a complete breeze. That treatment made a difference in my skin reactivity and helped to fade the more stubborn spots. I’m so glad that Christy explained to me that skin “sensitivity” is just unhealthy skin that needs to gain back its ability to regenerate and exfoliate. Her knowledge and products are a Godsend, and I’m so thankful!”
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Advocate:A person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, and/or cause.
For all the ways to describe who I am and what I do, the word advocate feels the most right. I am not just a PA-C, injector, skincare formulator, and entrepreneur. Those are simply the tools I use to carry out my life’s passion. My mission is to help educate people on the power they have to work with aging on a deep and impactful level, and to help my clients see themselves in a new light that they have control over. The truth is that too many people waste money and sanity on products and procedures that either don’t work, or don’t deliver on the intended outcome. And it's only by education on the structure of the skin, and how aging takes place in the body, that we can intelligently choose what to do when.
An Introduction To Cosmeceuticals
So, you may ask, “Why don’t all skin products work?” Many of us have bought the newest trendy product that we have read about in a beauty magazine or seen on TV, used it for a few weeks, see no results, and then put it in the cabinet never to be touched again. The fact is that YOU WANT TO SEE RESULTS! You want your skin to look and feel healthier and younger. However, many beauty products fall short because those amazing “active ingredients” that they advertise aren’t delivered to the right place in the skin, or in the right form to be effective.