A Lucky Girl's Life - Christy Stone Trala

We are all thrilled the sun is finally shining and mother nature seems to have woken up from her long slumber. As much as we may be jumping for joy to get outside and feel the rays of sunshine beating down upon us, it’s important to remember that there can be some unpleasant side effects if we don’t protect our skin. Aside from premature aging and the real concern of skin cancer if skin is left unprotected, some people are susceptible to a skin condition that can be painful – or at the very least, irritating – and one of its main triggers can unfortunately be the sun.

Rosacea is a skin condition that most often effects many women in their thirties, and in some cases, some men. It usually happens to fair skin types. There are some conditions that have been thought to be a cause but the exact problem can be different from person to person. If you feel you have symptoms, Rosacea should be diagnosed by a dermatologist. Symptoms often include: redness, flushing, seeing blood vessels appear and certain bumps and pimples on the skin. It would also be common to feel burning and tightness in the skin from it becoming too dry. Sometimes your eyes can also be irritated.

After you have been diagnosed with Rosacea you would be given an oral and topical treatment. There are some additional options to help such as IPL (intense pulse light), LED lights (Revitalight) to calm and reduce redness, and a soothing facial treatment without stimulants such as pure oxygen.

There are different stages of Rosacea and the exact causes are unknown, but you should be aware of the ‘triggers’ that can make the symptoms worse. Keep a journal of things that you do and foods that you eat so you can help to determine what causes flare-ups for you. Some common triggers include:

The weather:

  • Sun, wind, heat and also extreme cold.
  • Wear sunscreen everyday for protection.
  • Avoid jacuzzis, saunas and hot steam.

Items in the diet known to cause flare-ups:

  • Alcohol
  • Heated beverages
  • Spicy food
  • Some dairy products
  • Foods high in histamine.

Skin care products:

  • Use nothing with alcohol as an ingredient; witch hazel, fragrance, stimulating oils such as menthol, peppermint, or eucalyptus.
  • Avoid abrasive scrubs, sponges, and washcloths – which are too irritating; you should use your fingertips for cleansing your skin.
  • A green primer can be used under foundation to reduce the redness in your skin.
  • All products should be gentle and for sensitive skin.
  • Stress, anxiety, physical exertion and medical conditions have also caused conditions to worsen.

These skin conditions can be very irritating and require patience. Take gentle care of your skin and try to keep calm. After you have been diagnosed by a dermatologist, you can keep this information in mind to keep your skin looking its best.

I offer Revitalight and Pure Oxygen Facials, both non-invasive treatments at Robin Walter Salon and Spa. If you would like an appointment or help with make-up please call Christy at 410-208-2576.