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Rosacea Skin Disorder

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 flare-ups."

Managing Rosacea

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.

Rosacea Treatments

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 breathing.

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 locations nationwide.

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