Are you surprised this wasn't my very first post? I am. I have talked about rosacea (pronounced: roh-ZAY-sha) for quite some time, being that I am affected by it. Rosacea is a common disorder of the facial skin that affects an estimated 14 million Americans. The scary thing is, most of those affected don't know it. It's critical to expose people to the symptoms of rosacea, while providing education, in order to significantly bring down the percentage (78!!!) of Americans that have no knowledge of this condition.

Per the National Rosacea Society, rosacea is quite common. It has been most frequently observed in patients with fair skin, but has also been diagnosed in Asians and African Americans. It occurs in both men and women and the onset typically begins at any time after age 30. I concur, as I was diagnosed with acne rosacea shortly after I hit 30. And yes, I have very fair skin. So why was I surprised? Simply put, because I knew absolutely nothing about it. I assumed I was having a weird breakout, perhaps reacting to various skin care products. Good thing I knew to schedule an appointment with my dermatologist. And thankfully, we caught it so early that you would actually never know that I have acne rosacea. My skin is perfectly clear (I say this not to brag, but to make the point about early diagnosis). So it's no wonder that I am most passionate about skin care. I am a huge proponent of dermatology. I have found that prescription skin care medication/products can truly make a difference. In addition to the love of my life (skin care love, that is) Theraderm. The 4-piece set is proven to reduce redness associated with rosacea and happens to hold the most incredible ingredients ever to be mixed in one bottle.

The underlying cause or causes of rosacea have not been scientifically proven. With ongoing research, we can only hope it will lead to improvements in a potential prevention or cure. Some believe rosacea to be a vascular disorder because of its association with flushing, redness and visible vessels.

Here are the symptoms to be aware of:

  1. Flushing
  2. Persistent Redness
  3. Bumps and Pimples
  4. Visible Blood Vessels
The subtypes of rosacea are:
  1. Facial Redness (Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea)
  2. Bumps and Pimples (Papulopustular Rosacea)
  3. Enlargement of the Nose (Phymatous Rosacea)
  4. Eye Irritation (Ocular Rosacea)
You can find the faces of rosacea here. The most common triggers are sun exposure, emotional stress, hot + cold weather, wind, heavy exercise, alcohol consumption, hot baths (this killed me!), spicy foods, humidity, certain cosmetics and skin care products, heated beverages, dairy products, and more. You can find more triggers here.

If you have already been diagnosed with rosacea, like me, then you know to comply with medical therapy, protect your face from the sun, limit exposure to wind and colder days, take care of allergies or colds, and avoid your specific rosacea triggers. Rosacea is chronic - early diagnosis is critical. Please, spread the word.
There are many of us in this world that have been blessed with cellulite - it's in our genes (thanks, Mom). The term "cellulite" refers to the dimpled appearance of the skin that some of us lucky ones have on our hips, thighs and buttocks (yep, that's me). Cellulite is more common in women than in men, mainly in part to the way fat, muscle and connective tissue are distributed in our skin. Female hormones are said to play a contributing role to the fat distributions in our bodies. Unfortunately, there is no cure for cellulite. However, there are some treatments that can possibly help to minimize the appearance of those unsightly lumps and bumps.

Some foods containing circulation-boosting properties may help to decrease the appearance of cellulite, such as asparagus, broccoli, bananas, pears, pineapples, citrus fruits and oily fish. In fact, the first thing a doctor will tell you when discussing options for treating cellulite is to adhere to a low-fat diet. You can also take dietary supplements that aid in decreasing the appearance of cellulite. Massaging the affected area with creams (not sure if the creams are all that effective) provides the circulation needed to reduce the lumps and bumps.

I just heard of an FDA-approved treatment called VelaSmooth which incorporates suction, mechanical tissue manipulation, radiofrequency and infrared light to reshape the skin's surface where cellulite tends to reside.

Recently, someone told me they were considering liposuction to eliminate their cellulite. Whoa, stop! The technique of extracting fat by vacuuming it from under the skin is not effective. It can actually result in more dimpling. Liposuction can drastically change the appearance of the affected skin because it's sucking out the cushion of fat underneath. And we need that cushion. I am, by no means, admonishing liposuction. Rather, I am pointing out that for those cellulite sufferers, like me, liposuction can do more damage than good.

So the thing is ... if you eat healthy, take vitamins, exercise, get massages, and wear your MBTs religiously, you are just going to have to deal. And I hate to say that - really, I do. But at some point in your life you have to relinquish what you cannot control.