Rosacea Case Studies

I have several clients with rosacea, and their skin couldn’t be more dissimilar. Blood vessels right under the surface of the skin become enlarged, triggered by temperature changes, strenuous exercise, UVA & UVB, harsh facial scrubs and spicy foods. Whilst there is no cure for rosacea, there are ways of controlling it, especially if it is caught young; otherwise a tendancy towards flushing can exacerbate dry skin (leading to flaking and redness) or an oily skin can thicken and develop lumps.

The first stage in an anti-redness skincare routine is to avoid irritants such as glycolic acid, synthetic fragrances, alcohol, witch hazel, fragrant plants/essential oils e.g. cedar, cinnamon, lavender, lemon, lime, menthol. I also advise against abrasive facial scrubs.

There are two main aims:

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Stressed About Hives

I went to see my NHS dermatologist today for the quarterly repeat of my steroid medication to treat hives (urticaria), a common rash which affects up to twenty per cent of people at some stage during their life, especially women. I have been suffering from hives for about seven years, which occurred out of the blue following a short period of stress; the stress passed but the hives remained. I can still recall my unease the first time I saw the distinctive red weal on my upper thigh as I was taking a shower; I had no idea that I was in store for seven years of hell.

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