Rosacea is a condition where the skin turns bright red due to exercise, heat, cold, sugar, alcohol or other chemical or external factors. Blood vessels in the face and upper chest become fragile and break overtime. Most of the time is an internal condition caused by food allergies with very few exceptions. It is important to stop rosacea in it's track with good nutrition internally and supplements as well as external monthly facials and excellent home care.
Visible blood vessels
Rosacea is a vascular, inflammatory disorder mediated by the immune system where there are protein alterations in blood vessels, nerves and the epidermis.
Possible Causes of Vasodilation
Digestion · Food allergy
Demodex, bacteria (mites)
Digestion & Food Allergy
Poor digestion due to food allergies or lack of digestive enzymes
Low stomach acid leads to overgrowth of H-pylori (odd bacteria that attacks stomach – ulcers)]
Incomplete absorption of nutrients
Alcohol, sugar, grains,
Bacteria/flora that exist on our skin, populate rosacea skin and non-rosacea skin, Often time, proliferates in rosacea skin
Baterial poliferation in rosacea skin may be associated with vasodilation and increased heat
Chronic dermal inflammation due to rosacea may activate sensory fibers in the facial skin – resulting in pain sensations, itch sensations and burning sensations
Dermal inflammation may:
Alter the epidermis ‘ability to grow, resulting in a thick, dysfunctional outer barrier
Activate sebaceous glands, causing them to proliferate and clog (Papulopustular Rosacea)
Alter the skin’s immune system, causing the recruitment of pro-inflammatory immune cells into the facial skin
Provoke mites or bacteria within the skin’s pores, causing the release of other inflammatory enzymes
Rosacea Subtype 1: Facial Redness
Flushing and persistent facial redness
Small blood vessels visble
Stinging, burning, swelling, roughness or scaling may also occure
Rosacea Subtype 2: Bumps and Pimples
Bumps (papules) and/or pimples (pustules)
Plaques – raised patches
Rosacea Subtype 3: Enlargement of the Nose
Nose enlargements due to excess tissue (Rhinophyma)
Thickening of skin and nodules
Rosacea Subtype 4: Eye Irritation
Watery or bloodshot eyes
Irritation and burning or stinging
Vinegar, Aloe Vera compresses
Sulfur compresses · Zinc Oxide
Hemp Oil, Jojoba Oil · Chamomille, Calendula
Caffeine (shrinks blood vessels, topically)
Laser, IPL, phototherapy
Use Phyto 5 Fire product line, toner, day cream, serum, night cream (available at Crème de la Crème)
Fire/Rosacea Facial (available at Crème de la Crème)
Beta chemical peel (available at Crème de la Crème)
Check stomach ph level
Check for food allergies
Digestive enzymes (Betaine HCI, Vinegar, Glutamine, Probiotics)
Vitamin C & K
B Complex VitaminsAs we age, certain things are inevitable-and the mirror doesn't lie. By Howard MuradNo matter how we try to elongate our neck and suck in our cheeks, we look puffy and round-faced, especially the morning after an evening of imbibing. That puffiness really just is inflammation-excess water in the extracellular matrix. Cells have leaked their vital intracellular water, and lack of circulation has made the excess water pool in tissues. While inflammation is more apparent around the eyes, it happens all over the body.
THE SCIENCE OF PUFFINESS
We have all experienced inflammation at one time or another when we have an injury or illness. At the cellular level , inflammation is a sign that the immune system has been activated. The skin's Langerhans cells and keratinocytes attack inflammation immediately and signal with cytokines that help is needed. This initiates an inflammatory reaction, which triggers a two-stage immune response. First, white blood cells (leukocytes) produce natural inflammation stoppers (interleukins, prostaglandins) in the area surrounding the damaged cells. Second, other white blood cells (macrophages and neutrophils) migrate to the site of inflammation, where they release two classes of beneficial molecules-reactive oxygen species (ROS) and proteolytic enzymes (neutroplhil) elastase, collagenase, and matrix metalloproteinases.)
Together, these compounds provide protection from infectins while promoting removal and repair of damaged cells and connective tissue. In healthy individuals, inflammation resolves. All is well again, and skin and tissues normalize. While it may not seem like a good sign, inflammation is the body's signal that healing is happening.
THE CAUSES OF PUFFINESS
The reason why puffiness occurs are varied and involve internal, external, and emotional triggers. These assults are numerous, are specific to individuals based on their chemical maeup, and can occur together as they overlap and even exacerbate each other.
In general, however, the internal inflammation catalysts (or those inherent within the body) include diseases and systemic disorders and hormonal influences. The external catalysts inclue ultraviolet (UV) exposure, sedentary lifestyle, toxins, and dietary and lifestyle choices.
The emotional causes include stress-the incessant noise and chaos of living in today's modern world. Because the body is designed to reach homeostasis, or balance, it is programmed to react to things that put it out ofkilter. So, when systems are unhealthy, such as with diabetes, cancer, cariovascular disease, or digestive disorders; when we are exposed to too much UV and toxins; or when we get emotionally ramlped up because of cultural stress, the body reacts with inflammation.
Of all the causes of inflammation, the imotional part may be the most under addressed and least-often identified. Stress causes inflammation, but most of the time we don't make the connection that how we feel aligns with the constant levels of inflammation we experience. It's the relentless stress of modern, everyday living- this new kind of cultural stress that most people don't even notice-that affects the entire body and can contribute to serious health problems, inside and out.
CHRONIC INFLAMMATION CAUSES DAMAGE
When inflammation is chronic or constant, the beneficial molecules produced for healing end up hurting our cells, which results in tissue deterioration. Skin literally begins to break down from the effect of ROS and proteolytic enzymes, making skin more fragile and promoting wrinkles. skin conditions don't heal as well, rosacea flares become problematic, acne breakouts occur, hyperpigmentation sets in and our skin ages faster. The aging process itself can cause constant low levels of inflammation because skin develops a disproportionate immune response- one that goes too far or not far enough to repair the environmental insult or stress-induced damage. With uncontrolled inflammation, skin is crying for help because it can't do it on its own-we have to act and assist it internally, externally, and emotionally. We may not be able to stop inflammation completely, nor would we want to, but we can accelerate its healing and even prevent chronic inflammation. To do this we need to focus on water- intracellular water, that is.
THE POWER OF WATER
Water inside our cells makes them resilient, and resilient cells will keep the skin barrier intact. Strong cells will function and heal tissues quickly, so skin resists inflammation and immunity responses works efficiently to manage any assaults.
When we are born, cells are plump, young, and juicy, with a lot of water inside. They're resilient to damage. However, as we age, our cells start to leak vital intracellular water. Think of this process like a raisin-it starts as a plump grape, but gets progressively dehydrated and the interiour of the raisin concentrates and becomes stickier and stickier. Within cells, this stickiness traps waste and the cell is less able to hold water in.
Naturally, you may be thinking that we just need to drink more water, but this is only partly correct. If a cell is leaky, it simply can't hold the water we drink. Puffy tissues already have enough water in the extracellular matrix surrounding cells, but dehydrated cells can't do anyting with this water. Rather than drink water, we should eat it in the form of juicy, nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. As we digest these foods, the nutrients are delivered to the cells through the bloodstream, so they can initiate cell repair and close the leaks. Cells function better, healthy water stays inside the cells, and puffiness goes away. Rejuvenated cells are stronger, so future inflammation and damage is easier to handle and heal.
Regardless of how we become puffy or suffer from inflammation in our tissues, the common path is intracellular water loss. To encourage whole-health beauty down to the cellular level and reduce inflammation and puffiness, an external, internal, and emotional strategy works best:
EXTERNAL OR topically, choose provenn skin care treatments and ingredients that protect and refine skin and reduce inflammation.
INTERNALLY, diseases and disorders must be addressed. Exercise and relaxation, an alkaline, healthful diet, and supplements can fill in the nutritional gaskps. Encourage sleep therapy to normalize hormonal imbalences.
EMOTIONALLY, educate clients about cultural stress and encourage them to digitally disconnect whenever they can. A mental health regimen that counteracts depression, isolation, a sedentary lifestlyle, and anxiety can alleviate stress that results in inflammation. Consider Therapies that promote laughter and play, and reconnect clients with their sense of wonder.
There are many ways to counteract puffiness; however, a concerted effort (external, internal, and emotional) is the best route to minimize inflammation and prevent tissue damage.
TOP 10 DE-PUFFING REMEDIES
The following is a list of the best remedies that can have profound effects on puffiness.
ALKALINE DIET: For puffiness, the more alkaline the diet, the better. Acidic foods can cause cell dehydration and can enhance cellular oxidation, which increases inflammations. the most hydrating foods are those packed with the highest levels of nutrients and are beneficial to cell health. In general, this includes foods that are anti-inflammatory and as low acid to alkaline-forming as possible, such as fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetable.
EXERCISE: Inflammation decreases when circulation improves. Exercise increases circulation, and as the heart pumps blood through al the tissues, cells are bathed with nutrients. Exercise also reduces stress levels and helps the body process damaging cortisol levels.
SLEEP: Sleep is wonderfully restorative and necessary for good health. Mediators of inflammation are altered by sleep loss. Sleep reduces high levels or cortisol, the stress hormone, which causes damage and inflammation in all tissues. Sleep also promotes hormone recycling and balance within the body. Adults need at least seven hours every night.
CUCUMBER: Cucumbers are comprised of 96 percent water, so they are highly hydrating. Their high levels of vitamin K reduce dark circles, and the lignans they contain reduce inflammation. They are one of the most alkaline vegetables, and because of their triterpenes, they may work well to regulate diseases that involve the immune system. Cucumber counteracts acidic pH within the body. Because of their B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and zinc content, cucumbers are heart healthy and promote mood stability, which undercscores the science behind the saying"as cool as a cucumber".
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (EFA's)z' EFAs are helpful because they inhibit transcription factors that are linked to pro-inflammatory cytokine production. Moreover, omega-3 EFAs, in particular eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, have been shown to inibit the production of inflammatory mediators that encourage puffiness. Omega-3 EFAs reduce inflammation caused by prostaglandins and exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
EGGS: One or two eggs per week offer the body high levels of protein, folic acid, vitamin A, lecithin, and vitamin B12. Lecithin repairs tissues as if fills in and rebuilds cell walls, which helps all organs remain fully hydrated and able to lfunction at their highest levels. Egg yolks are mainly comprised of phosphatidylcholine-a major component of cellular membranes.
ANTIOXIDANTS: Antioxidants, in general, are well-known for their skin and health benefits as protectants against the effects of aging and inflammation. Antioxidants reduce inflammation by quenching excessive ROS and inhibiting matrix metalloproteinase activity.
AVOID SALT: Salt causes and magnifies inflammation. Every cell needs sodium to work properly, and it is essential for nerves and muscles, including the heart, to function properly, but most of us consume too much. Extra salt requieres extra water, which results in water retention-a form of inflammation.
FRUIT: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, cherries, and pomegranates, contain high levels of polyphenols and offer positive and preventive effects on cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, and inflammation. Most berries are moderately acidic, but contain strong anti-inflammartory properties that come form flavonoids.
BROCCOLI: Broccoli is full of isothiocyanates-sulfur-containing phytochemicals-and is highly alkaline. Known for their anti-carcinogenic properties, isothiocynates (which contain sulforaphane) fight inflammation, stop cancer from spreading, and induce cancer cell death as they work insid ethe cell to boost enzymatic activity that prevents oxidation. Sulfur is found in every living cell and it plays a key role in collagen synthesis.
Science has offered many new discoveries to tackle inflammation and skin puffiness. The body truly is a wonderful machine, and looking at every part of it at the cellular level will no doubt offer us more clues on how fantastically it functions. Puffiness is no match for internal, external, and emotional solutions. Try these strategies and you'll see. Without having to stretch or suck it in, puffiness will be gone. The mirror won't lie.
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