Sensitive Skin & Rosacea Beauty

Wellbeing Narrative Sensitive Skin Rosacea

Rosacea.  I first became aware of Rosacea in 2011.  I was dealing with an undiagnosed autoimmune problem at the time and one of the most striking changes I noticed was my skin.  Within a few months, its texture, color, and sensitivity had changed drastically.   My esthetician casually says during a routine facial, “it looks like you’re developing mild rosacea.”  Oh. No. What is that and how do I stop it?  After endless amounts of research, I couldn’t find the answer.

Everything in our body is interconnected.  After I was properly diagnosed with an immune disorder, I changed my lifestyle in an attempt to keep my immune system as calm as possible.  I tried to minimize inflammation through my diet and beauty routine, and I saw that as my body slowly healed, the raging inflammation in my skin dissipated.

Here are things that had the most significant impact on my skin’s inflammation:

  • Turmeric Supplements: I felt immediate effects when I began taking turmeric supplements to reduce inflammation.  After taking that very first supplement, my skin felt and appeared less irritated and inflamed.
  • Liquid Vitamin E:  I apply this topically after cleansing.  Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties and is an antioxidant that nourishes and protects against free-radicals that damage skin.  To learn more about the role Vitamin E plays in skin health, click here.
  • A healthy diet!  I try to eat extremely healthy and clean 99% of the time in order to keep my body feeling robust and working efficiently.  I eat fresh water fish, chicken, lots of vegetables, fruit (only 2-3 servings per day to minimize sugar), fermented foods (to maintain a healthy gut system), with some nuts (almonds, walnuts) and grains (rice, quinoa).  I always try to get organic if possible and avoid processed foods, sugar, gluten, red meat, salt, cow’s dairy, and highly inflammatory foods.  Over the years, I have noticed that 1) cow’s dairy causes tiny blemishes on my chin, and 2) sugar dulls my complexion and makes it appear ruddy.