Question: 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… →
Question: 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: 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.
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… →