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Tips from the Chemist

Tips From The Chemist

Ben Kaminsky
Founder, Pharmaceutical Chemist - B.Kamins

Rosacea is a common skin disease among 14 million Americans and 2 million Canadians. Its onset is gradual and it usually occurs during mid-adulthood, causing acne like inflammation and manifesting itself into pustules, papules and red patches on the face. Those who are most likely to develop Rosacea are persons of Celtic origin with fair complexions. Although Rosacea is more common among women, men with Rosacea experience a greater severity of the skin disease. The cause of Rosacea is relatively unknown.

The Four Types of Rosacea:

  • Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea:
    Symptoms include flushing, persistent redness on central portions of the face, telangiectasia (broken capillaries), swelling, stinging, burning, roughness or scaly patches.

  • Papulopustular Rosacea:
    Symptoms include persistent redness, papules or pustules, telangiectasia (broken capillaries), stinging and burning.

  • Phymatous Rosacea:
    Symptoms include a thickening of the skin, irregular nodules (cysts) and an enlargement of the nose (rhinophyma).

  • Ocular Rosacea:
    Symptoms include eye irritation and infection (burning, stinging, dryness, light sensitivity, sensation of a foreign body in the eye), a watery or bloodshot appearance and ocular manifestations.

Tips To Prevent Rosacea Flare-Ups:

Although there is no cure for Rosacea there are certain lifestyle adjustments that can be made:

  1. Avoid the sun. If sun exposure is unavoidable, protect your skin with a broad spectrum sunscreen and a hat.
  2. On hot, humid days, stay in an air-conditioned environment.
  3. Exercise in several short sessions rather than one long one and avoid exercising in the heat.
  4. Avoid "hot" spices i.e. pepper (black, white, red, cayenne).
  5. Learn stress-reduction techniques.
  6. Avoid alcohol, chocolate, coffee, cola, sugar (use cold-pressed honey for sweetening), deep fried and fatty foods, orange juice and red meat.
  7. Eat fresh vegetables and salads, whole grains, live bio-yogurt, sheep's or goat's cheeses, organic eggs, free-range poultry, rye bread or yeast-free soda bread, linseeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, extra virgin olive oil, filtered water and fresh fish.
  8. Choose gentle skin care products. Count the ingredients on a cosmetic product's label; the fewer the better.
  9. Consider mineral make-up which claims to offer therapeutic qualities for acne-rosacea.

Treating Rosacea:

Many skin care treatments can be used to calm Rosacea and help prevent flare-ups. A good skin care regime is of utmost importance. Choosing gentle, hydrating products containing anti-inflammatory ingredients such as bisabolol or esculin can aid in soothing, calming and cooling Rosacea type skin. For more severe cases of Rosacea one should seek the advice of a medical doctor for prescription medications. Alternative methods of treatment include laser treatment, electrosurgery and intense pulsed light.

The B.Kamins, Chemist Solution:

B. Kamins, Chemist award winning Booster Blue products combine soothing active ingredients along with a blue-green optic to neutralize redness and calm irritation associated with Rosacea.

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