Rosacea Skin Disorder
Being "red in the face" is frequently associated with anger or
embarrassment. But for millions of Americans, it's the sign of a
chronic skin condition caused by enlarged blood vessels. Along with
flushed skin, rosacea symptoms include tightness and dryness with
sometimes a stinging or burning sensation, irritated eyelids,
facial bumps or pimples, and often redness in the cheeks, forehead,
chin, eyelids or nose.
Dr. Howard Murad, who created the innovative line of Healthy Skin facials for Massage Envy,
reports that "There is no known cure for rosacea, but there are
many ways to identify possible triggers and ways to avoid
Avoiding sun, spices and sizzling-hot showers can all help
reduce flare-ups. Using an SPF moisturizer with hydrators,
antioxidants and anti-inflammatories can make a difference when
you're spending any time in the sunlight, even if it's just dashing
to the mailbox or from the grocery store to your car. Since high
temperatures can bring on rosacea symptoms, try to work out while
temperatures are cooler and make sure to keep the fan on. Also make
the water in your shower as cool as possible.
While everyone is affected differently by certain foods, it
helps to keep track of what you eat and how your skin reacts. Some
people report problems with citrus fruits, chocolate, avocadoes,
yogurt, tomatoes and cheese. Spicy flavorings like pepper, soy
sauce, paprika and vinegar are better replaced by alternatives like
cumin, oregano, marjoram, coriander, sage and cardamom.
Some doctors will prescribe topical medications, oral
medications, surgery, or some combination of those elements.
Others, including Dr. Murad along with the National Rosacea
Society, advise taking a broad perspective and focusing on the
whole person instead of specific skin disorders.
Since stress is often a trigger, it can be helpful to cut down
on caffeine and get plenty of sleep. Taking time to relax is often
helpful, as well. Visiting Massage Envy for a massage comes with
the additional benefit of improving your overall level of health
and wellness -- since massage can not only reduce stress, but also
improve circulation, posture, blood pressure and deep
Caring For Your Face
The Mayo Clinic recommends that people suffering from rosacea
symptoms use gentle cleansers and avoid facial products that
contain skin irritants such as alcohol. And the National Rosacea
Society advises that men use electric shavers rather than razor
blades, although if blades are preferred it's important to never
let them get dull.
Specifically designed for sensitive skin, Murad®
Sensitive Skin facials -- available exclusively at Massage Envy
-- provide mild exfoliation and a soothing mask to help reduce
inflammation, redness and discomfort. While restoring hydration and
suppleness, the effective yet lightweight formula strengthens the
skin's barrier function.
Skin Care At Home
For anyone who wants to continue rosacea treatments at home,
it's easy to maintain the results and benefits of a facial with a
Youthful Skin Renewal Kit. Containing a 30-day supply of Murad
Healthy Skin facial products, the kit is available at Massage Envy