When it comes to personal care products, I tend to follow the less is more philosophy. Rather than shelves of different options, I like to find what I think is the best product for me — and then stick to it. This sets the bar pretty high and a new formulation has to be unique to find a spot in my medicine cbinet. I’ve not added to my Fabuous Fifteen in more than ayear but with newly sensitive skin, I needed new options:
1. Anti-Redness Foaming Cleanser ( Alaur, $50) — When it comes to skin care it seems that most people start with a moisturizer. Not me. I think that the right cleanser is the foundation of any treatment plan. When my skin developed a type of rosacea, I … Continue Reading… →
Question: My doctor says I have rosacea but when I checked online medical photos, my skin did not look at all like those pictures. Should I get another doctor?
Answer: There are actually two parts to this question:
1) How accurate are online medical photos?
2) When should I get a second opinion?
Online medical photos can be pretty lurid. When I was looking to illustrate my series on sensitive skin, I had to be careful to avoid scaring small children. Medical illustrations usually feature full blown disease states. Early stages or mild cases often look very differrent. It may be that you are comparing your newly diagnosed rosacra with long term, wide spread rosacea– are fortunately your complexion issues are not as severe or advanced.
Try the suggested treatment for two weeks. If there is no improvement you have … Continue Reading… →
Its been almost three weeeks since my red splotches and breakouts have been brought under control. The labor intensive protocol of washing my face 3x/day ( once with Anti-Redness Cleanser and twice with home microdermabrasion), glycolic peel pads 3 times a week and Metro Gel at night seems to be the perfect formula.
I also have been diligent in following rosacea dietary guidelines.This meant avoding spicy foods, coffee, alcohol and chocolate. With my skin so clear, I wondered if I really needed to be as careful with my diet. I mean, no coffee for life? I’m one of those annoying New Yorkers who walk around in summer with a container of ice coffee glued to my hands. The answer? Yes and no.
There are more than 50 million Americans with sensitive skin and I am one of them. It has been fun to do before and after pix that show quick and easy beauty benefits. But when I had to deal with a never ending series of red splotches that seemed to be hard to diagnose and resistant to every treatment, fun was the last word I would use.
The red splotches which appeared this winter, were first diagnosed as rosacea– but did not respond seem to standard treatments. Then the docs thought it was seborrheic dermatitis, a scaly red breakout that often appears around the mouth and chin– but that too did not respond to traditional treatments. I could cover the redness with concealer, but the raw itchy feeling kept reminding me what lay underneath the make-up.
Finally after about eight months of red spots and patches, a visit to Dr Lefkovits came up … Continue Reading… →
Unlike rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema, there are no celebrities with seborrheic dermatitis. There is no website, no fund raising events , no online support group for people dealing with seborrheic derrmatitis. Yet this type of sensitive skin affects an estimated 10 million men and women in the US.
Seborrheic dermatitis, often considered a form of eczema, is a red splotchy rash that pops up the face, hands, scalp and chest. When it appears along the smile lines and around the mouth its also known as perioricular dermatitis. (That’s latin for around the mouth).
The red splotches are the end result of a series of events that starts with over production of oil in the skin. This oil provokes the overgrowth of a yeast that is actually a natural organism in the skin. This yeast produces a toxin and the overgrowth of yeast produces high … Continue Reading… →
All skin types need a healthy diet. With sensitive skin that is prone to redness, bumps or itching, food choices can be the key to clear, smooth skin. Very specific dietary changes can have a big impact– and what is important here is that each type of sensitive skin has unique dietary needs.
Diet and Rosacea
The triggers for rosacea are many and varied, but four food factors are common for the 16 million people living with problem. Alcohol, coffee, spicy foods and chocolate are at the top of the list of food factors to avoid to reduce rosacea exacerbations. These are fairly easy to carve away from a standard diet and many people with rosacea can expect to see some relief. FYI decaf coffee and tea seem to be … Continue Reading… →
What do Renee Zellegwer, Cameron Diaz, Mariah Carey, and Bill Clinton have in common? They are four of the 16 million Americans who have to deal with a form of sensitive skin called rosacea. For reasons that are not clear, the skin tends to flush easily and stay red. It is more common in women with fair skin, but its also seen in men and people with darker eyes and coloring.
There are two main forms of rosacea:
1– The most common and mildest form consists primarily of bright red skin and numerous small broken blood vessels on the skin’s surface. Why this happens is not clear ( genetics?) but certain triggers seems to bring trigger flare-ups. Sunlight is the biggest culprit, followed closely by alcohol, spicy foods, stress, chocolate, coffee and hot showers.