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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A new ailment to add to these pandemic-times…. MASKNE!
What is it? Mask acne (aka maskne) is a real thing, and it’s plaguing a lot of us wearing masks on our faces everyday for work, errand running, and day to day outings. It is especially stubborn and relentless during these hot summer months. Breakouts and blemishes are happening on our faces along the areas where the protective material is sitting on our face, by trapping dirt, oil, and sweat. But the solution is not to stop wearing that mask! It’s imperative to protect yourselves and others during these times. What you CAN do is take some steps to minimize the not so fun side effects of facial coverings.