Acne and Rosacea
Most young women and men will have at least a few pimples over the course of their lives. But acne seems to affect men and women in different ways. Young men are more likely to have a more serious form of acne. Acne in young women tends to be more random and linked to hormone changes, such as the menstrual cycle. As women get older, acne often gets better. But some women have acne for many years. Some women even get acne for the first time at age 30 or 40.
For many women, acne can be an upsetting illness. Women may have feelings of depression, poor body image, or low self-esteem. But you don’t have to wait to outgrow acne or to let it run its course. Today, almost every case of acne can be resolved. Acne also can, sometimes, be prevented.
You can help prevent acne flare-ups and scars by taking good care of your skin:
- Clean your skin gently with a mild soap or cleanser twice a day; once in the morning and once at night. You should also gently clean the skin after heavy exercise. Avoid strong soaps and rough scrub pads. Harsh scrubbing of the skin may make acne worse. Wash your entire face from under the jaw to the hairline and rinse thoroughly. Remove make-up gently with a mild soap and water. Ask your doctor before using an astringent.
- Wash your hair on a regular basis. If your hair is oily, you may want to wash it more often.
- Do not squeeze or pick at acne lesions. This can cause acne scars.
- Avoid getting sunburned. Many medicines used to treat acne can make you more prone to sunburn. Many people think that the sun helps acne, because the redness from sunburn may make acne lesions less visible. But, too much sun can also increase your risk of skin cancer and early aging of the skin. When you’re going to be outside, use sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Also, try to stay in the shade as much as you can.
- Avoid things that rub the skin as much as you can, such as backpacks and sports equipment.
- Avoid sugar and refined flour.
- Avoid trans fats in the form of partially or totally hydrognated oils, or food cooked in these oils.
- Eat raw organic fruits and vegetables as often as possible.
- Eat natural fats (the “good fats”), making sure you get enough Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. The human body needs these Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) to manufacture and repair cell membranes, enabling the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products.
Is rosacea the same as acne?
Rosacea (ro-ZAY-she-ah) is a common skin problem often called “adult acne.” Faired skinned and menopausal women are more likely to have rosacea. Rosacea also seems to run in families. It causes redness in the center parts of the face and pimples. Blood vessels under the skin of the face may enlarge and show through the skin as small red lines. The skin may be swollen and feel warm.
Women with rosacea don’t have the same lesions as seen with common acne. They may have flushing of the face, when they are hot, drink alcohol or hot drinks, or eat spicy foods. This flushing causes the face to appear red. In the most severe form, this redness does not go away. The eyes may become swollen and nodules in the skin may be painful. You can help keep rosacea under control by keeping a record of things that cause it to flare up. Try to avoid or limit these triggers as much as you can.
Rosacea may also be indicative of heavy metal toxicity, candida, or excessive toxic exposure or buildup from pesticides and industrial pollutants.
Our “Secret Formula” for a Rosacea Spray:
We have created a mineral blend to topically spray on areas affected by rosacea and/or acne. This formula has been used quite successfully by many people to tame down inflammation caused by rosacea, and is also a very effective topical for acne outbreaks. Best of all, you can make this at home!
Start with a clean 6 oz. spray bottle of your choice, and add the following:
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Silica
- 2 Tablespoons of Immune Support
After the minerals are added, fill the bottle to the top with pure distilled water. DO NOT USE tap water. That’s all there is to it! You now have an effective topical to mist on your face and/or other areas of your body. Please feel free to contact us and let us know how this formula has worked for you.
Suggested minerals for acne:
Silica - A person with deep-seated acne along with a general low immune resistance and a tendency toward fatigue and nervousness will benefit from silica.
Sulfur - Sulfur is particularly necessary for the body’s production of collagen, which helps to form connective tissue. Sulfur is also a component of keratin, the chief ingredient in hair, skin, and nails. By controlling bacteria and exfoliating the skin, sulfur is a popular acne treatment. Sulfur is thought to dissolve the top layer of dry, dead cells and slow down oil-gland activity.
Zinc - For many years, zinc has been used as an astringent, an antiseptic and a skin protectant. Some dermatologists recommend zinc to their patients for its anti-inflammatory effect, theorizing that zinc releases vitamin A which may normalize cells.