Sensitive Skin– Finding Make-up That Your Twitchy Skin Enjoys

Question and answer logoQuestion:  I love to wear a little make-up, but my sensitive skin tends to react with redness and break-outs.  Any suggestions?

Answer:  There are five different types of sensitive skin, but they all share one characteristic– they don’t seem to  like  make-up.  Here are  some easy to follow guidelines to be able to “rouge up” without irritation:

Sensitive Skin and Perfumes Don’t Mix

Select only fragrance-free skin care and  make-up.  Fully half of all sensitivity reactions are due to  fragrances and scents in our cosmetics.   And don’t be fooled by  so-called natural  or botanical scents.   These actually may  be  especially  big troublemakers.   Both Almay and Clinique  have full line of truely fragrance – free products.

Sensitive Skin and Shimmer

Leave products that shine and shimmer on the shelf.  The glittery mica flakes in eyeshadows, lipsticks, and foundation which catch … Continue Reading…

Sensitive Skin Gets Some Good News

Question and answer logoQuestion:  I have sensitive skin and  my doctor  gave me a new prescription  for  rosacea.  It’s called Finacea,  costs $185 and it has not made a difference since I started it 10 days ago.  Now what?

Answer:  Patience! I know first hand how frustrating it is to deal with  rosacea, but please give  this  safe and effective medication  time to work to work. According to  Laura  Cortelyou,  acne  guru at Marmur Medical,  Finacea is not an instant cure.  After several months, it will deliver good results although you will use it  indefinately to maintain  benefits.

Sensitive Skin and Finacea

Here’s how it works: The body produces a substance  known as cathelicdin.  It is a natural immune response and a great defense against bacteria.  When you  have a tendancy to rosacea, your body tends to over react and over produce cathelicidins  which triggers  redness … Continue Reading…

Question and Answer– Do I Need Another Doctor?

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…

Diet and Sensitive Skin- My Story

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.

Over the weekend with friends, I treated myself  to a glass of  … Continue Reading…

Sensitive Skin- Sebhorreic Dermatitis

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…