The skin is a reactive mechanism and does respond to internal and external factors – certain individuals are more sensitive or reactive to environment, foods, medications, and certain cosmetics.
It was Rhonda Allison’s observation over many years of working with skin and being a person who is also reactive to substances, that most sensitive skins are reacting to inferior products or products that contain dyes, preservatives, and perfumes. It is also important to understand too that a series of Vitamin A Peels (provided at Skin ‘n Tonic) may be one of the best supports for what is termed as a "sensitive" skin. As new, healthy cells surface, the skin becomes less irritated and reactive, specifically if the daily regimen is adjusted to what the skin likes.
How is Rosacea Skin Different from Sensitive/Compromised Barrier Skin?
Rosacea is a chronic and progressive disorder that may first be noticed as redness on the cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead that may present and subsequently disappear. A susceptibility to rosacea, called pre-rosacea, can be detected in the teens or early '20s. Rosacea is even reported in children.
According to medical research, the cause is unknown and incurable. There are many theories as to the cause – poor circulation, sluggish lymph, genetic predisposition, digestive disorders, bacteria, and the increase in mites attached to cells.
Compromised Barrier is where the main cause of an unhealthy barrier is over-exfoliation from aesthetic procedures, at-home exfoliants, neglect, or overuse of prescription-strength topicals. While increasing cellular turnover is important if the barrier function is disrupted, the skin is more susceptible to bacteria and the elements, and ultimately becomes depleted of resources. This results in a “compromised barrier”.
First Stage of Rosacea
The first stage is characterized by frequent blushes or flushes, strong family history of rosacea, and facial skin that becomes irritated by topical creams, lotions, anti-acne medications, and over-the-counter sunscreens and skin products with irritating ingredients.
Second Stage of Rosacea
In the second stage, redness tends to become ruddier and more permanent. Dilated blood vessels (telangiectasia) may appear and papules and pustules begin to form. Certain areas of the skin may take on a "baggy" appearance from swelling.
Third Stage of Rosacea
An early sign of the third stage is deep, persistent redness and many dilated veins, especially around the nose, and fibroplasia (growth of excess tissue), which can produce enlarged pores. At its worst, especially in men, the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue, a condition called Rhinophyma (think of W. C. Fields with the bulbous nose). When the entire face is involved, swelling may produce painful nodules and with fibroplasia, lion-like facial features occur.
Factors That May Affect Flare-Ups
Weather – elements such as sun, strong winds, cold, and humidity.
Emotional Influences – like stress and anxiety.
Beverages – such as alcohol (especially red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka and champagne), hot drinks (coffee and tea).
Food – sources such as liver (high in niacin), yogurt, sour cream, cheese (except cottage cheese), chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, yeast extract (high in niacin), vinegar, eggplant, avocados, spinach, broad-leaf beans and pods, citrus fruits (tomatoes, bananas, red plums, raisins and figs contain histamines), spicy and thermally hot foods, foods high in histamines.
Physical Exertion – that could include exercise and "lift-and-load" jobs.
Temperature-Related – activities such as saunas, hot baths and showers, simple overheating, and excessively warm environments.
Drugs – which might include vasodilators and topical steroids.
Medical Conditions – such as frequent flushing, menopause, chronic cough, and caffeine-withdrawal syndrome.
Skin Care Products – or cosmetics that contain dyes, preservatives and fragrances, hair sprays, hydro-alcoholic or acetone substances and cosmetics that cause redness or stinging.
The great news about Rosacea is that it can be lessened and kept under control with a diligent regimen. Remember that Rosacea is a skin concern, so even though we recommend looking at internal factors to begin with, you absolutely have to use external products to help.
Rhonda Allison offers many excellent soothing, strengthening topicals for reactive skin types and skins prone to rosacea. Blending intelligent ingredients that harness the power of stem cell technology with calming, anti-inflammatory botanicals such as sea buckthorn oil, white willow, magnolia bark, red clover and rhodiola rosea root. Rhonda Allison is a natural selection to support and enhance the health and appearance of your skin for a lifetime.
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