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That is an impressive transformation! I can see how raw and uncomfortable your skin must have felt (mine is similar), and I am so glad to see how your new regimin has helped you so much... it also gives the rest of us rosaceans some much welcomed hope, as well...
Good for you!!
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Rich: Here are some pictures of rosacea. I have subtype 2. A good eye shot is at the bottom left:
The cause is not known, but here is my take on the common "type 2": Typically, at first the person's blushing and flushing response become exaggerated. They blush and flush more severely for longer periods, and can feel excessive warmth on their face. The chronic blood vessel insult may make the area inflamed, which may trigger more blood vessel growth. Those new vessels *may* be even more reactive. Those vessels become overly abundant, stretched from the flow, and visible. Inflammation and damaged, leaky vessels may lead to the breakouts. The more you flush and blush, the worse things get. It all progresses if not treated. Hard to treat, though, since the skin is raw and reactive. The skin becomes so sensitive and can be painful - like a sunburn. Some experience nerve pain in the area, which can be quite severe. The skin and vessels just overreact to everything. You end up avoiding anything that makes you flush and blush, which, by then, is a huge list of things..see here:
So, you need to get rid of the damaged vessels, avoid flushing/blushing triggers, prevent inflammation, improve blood vessel health, improve overall skin health, etc
My skin looks and feels so much better. My rosacea causes my skin to be very sensitive, with a burning feeling. At the time of the "before" picture I was even having a hard time concentrating at work, and sometimes even skipping social events. I am so happy it looks better and FEELS better.
I think there are many factors that lead to rosacea being a bit unnoticed. I think when people are at their worst, they may cover it with makeup or not go out as much. I don't think people look at the face as much as the eyes or the whole person when they are walking in crowds, etc. I think many are able to treat it enough to be mild, but many others continue to suffer. Even those who maintain a mild case generally must avoid triggers. Then it becomes a quality of life issue. It may look ok, but what did they have to avoid in order to keep it that way?
I had a huge list of food triggers, but now that list is shorter. yipee!! I can withstand my triggers of wind, sun, stress, many foods, embarrassment, etc.. much better now.
I think it is phenominal SAS is showing an interest in rosacea and other skin ailments, too. In my experience, rosacea can effect an individual physically, causing progressive facial skin changes and pain. The psychological impact for many, including me at times, breaks my heart.
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EGF is the opposite of what helps psoriasis, actually. Psoriasis is a bizarre condition where the skin gets all overzealous about healing itself. Apparently, it produces new skin cells before the old cells can slough away naturally. The usual remedies we go to for skin renewal--dermabrasion, peels, etc--are exactly the wrong thing to do because the last thing psoriasis needs is increased cell production. My boyfriend, the charming & handsome Public Defender Bartender , suffers from this on his shins, around his knuckles & elbows, among other places. It seems to start with any old skin abrasion. The body goes nuts trying to heal, psoriasis erupts and never goes away!
Doesn't that sound like some kind of hideous horror movie? It could be!!
I just got him that new SAS active,
Polypodium leucotomos (PLE) . We're hopeful. Hannah suggested Bokek Sea Salt, which the Public Defender Bartender LOVES. He soaks in it a couple times a week, and it made for one of the more tolerable winters on record (cold dry New England Winter is the worst).
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The Dead Sea is the treatment of choice for Europeans with psoriasis, I think it is paid by National Health Insurance in some countries. It would be nice if your boyfriend could also get some sun after the salt bath. I understand that this is not an easy thing to do unless you are in Arizona, but the Summer is coming. Please keep in touch re. the Polypodium.
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That makes sense about the Psoriasis.
Besides the rosacea, the SA stuff I have been using has made my skin nicer in general. I notice an overall improvement. Looks softer, smoother, and younger. Great!!
I can tell when I skip the licorice for a few days. Some sensitivity starts to return. As soon as I use it, the sensitivity goes away the next day.
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I can relate to your before and after pictures- what a difference!!! woohoo!
I'm happy to say that i cleaned out my shed this weekend and my face looks the same before and after....thanks to egf and licorce!
And that is also where my rosacea is....but my right side is the stubborn side.
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That is so awesome! I am so happy for you!
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Thanks for the information everyone, it is appreciated.
I have a greater understanding of roseacea now, especially with Artist's before and after photographs. After viewing Artist's 'before' photo, I do recall seeing older men of Anglo-Celtic origin with the same type of redness and texture.
thanks everyone for your assistance in educating me.
I'm so glad SAS has been able to assist people with this skin complaint--Good work guys.