Rosacea Lifestyles – page 2

Rosacea Lifestyle Changes can improve your facial and ocular rosacea.

Rosacea lifestyles changes are essential to optimize your facial rosacea or skin rosacea and ocular rosacea or eye rosacea condition while improving your overall body and emotional health. Rosacea lifestyles can be easily improved by using gentle soaps, facial exercises, learning about food allergy flushing, exercise for stress reduction, avoiding astringents of all types, quitting smoking, managing body weight, improving sleep, and avoiding stress which will be very helpful to the rosacea patient

7. Use Gentle Soaps

Through many years of research and 17  years of experience with rosacea patients, we have found two soaps to have superior cleansing ability without causing further skin irritation while being at a very low price of about $3.00 in stores or they can be found on the internet. See you do not have to pay high prices or do exotic things for good skin health. You will find the following soaps easy to find: Neutrogena (the transparent facial bar) “original skin formula – fragrance free is very good. Likewise, the Dove ‘Sensitive Skin Unscented Beauty Bar’ that has been known for years for use on sensitive skin.  Wash the face with any one of these two gentle cleansing soaps as needed which would be two times per day for dry or normal skin and three times daily for oily skin. You will also be very happy using either of these soaps over the entire body area if desired. These excellent soaps can be purchased at most pharmacies or drug stores as well as grocery stores and in retail stores such as Walmart, Target, etc. in the United States and likewise can be found conveniently throughout the world at a low price.

8. Food Allergy Flushing

Rosacea and food allergies have a common component – both are the result of a weakened immune system. Food allergies are the result of acidic foods and beverages. The symptoms of a food allergy include hives, facial or skin redness, and itching.

(more about food allergies)

9. Facial Exercise

If the muscles are not toned by exercise, the face will sag and portray an older look. Facial muscles don’t all attach directly to bone like they do in the rest of the body. Instead, many of them attach under the skin. This allows you to contract your facial muscles in the smallest amount and make dozens of different kinds of faces as you have noticed in your past photos of the slightest ‘time difference’ in photo shots. If all the muscles are toned the face will have a natural ‘face lift’, the skin will be smoother and younger looking and the general appearance will be brighter and more pleasant.

The Sobye massage is accomplished in three different ways as follows: 1) is to awaken the skin in the morning or upon arising by “rotating the finger tips on the skin” by holding the finger tips in one place and moving the hand for 10 to 15 seconds or more depending on the person’s tolerance, 2) exercising the facial muscles by making many different facial expressions or exercises or contortions (twisted into a strained shape or expression) of “smiling, frowning, moving the facial muscles UP and DOWN and LEFT and RIGHT and a variety of exercises that you can choose from as to your personal choice and to those that could be watching you, and 3) using a soft  wash cloth and cleansing with soap cleans the skin and opens the pores.

As you perform the massage, inhale very deeply and exhale a big breath. Repeat this process at least 5 times or more often as time allows. The goal is to relax all of the muscles of your face while encouraging better circulation into the skin of the face and for proper exiting through the veins. Thinking of positive things and smiling is relaxing and moves the brain out of the sympathetic nervous system mode of “fight or flight” that you read about on the Rosacea Cause/Etiology page regarding stress.


10. Exercise for Stress Reduction

Exercise aerobically to alkalize your body by replacing carbon dioxide with oxygen. Exercise in moderation to reduce the build-up of lactic acid. When your muscles begin to “burn,” you know that lactic acid is building up. If you exercise regularly, try to break up your sessions for a maximum of fifteen to thirty minutes at a time and remember to hydrate the body by drinking more water on days you are exercising. (Exercise in Moderation) also read our (Heavy Exercise and Rosacea Redness)

11. Avoid Astringent of all types ranging from soaps to after shave lotions, etc.

Astringent soaps, toners and after shaves shrink the skin pores trapping more body oils in the skin and irritate the skin that is already sensitive. These would include items such as after shave lotions, witch hazel, oatmeal, rubbing alcohol, very cold water, etc. and alum.

12. Quit Smoking

Please do not smoke or “please stop smoking” as soon as you can slowly reduce your dependence on smoking. It is very addictive and very acidic causing more rosacea problems as well as the great potential of lung cancer. Smoking research has shown that smoking is very detrimental to the skin and overall health as it shortens the body of oxygen which is alkaline. You already know what happens when the body and brain do not get sufficient oxygen; if in doubt, hold your breath for 45 seconds while in front of a mirror, and observe how pink you become before you pass out due to the acidic build up of carbon dioxide. As smoking causes the body and brain to be more acidic while living tissue needs to be alkaline, skin cell regeneration is slowed down tremendously.

13. Manage Body Weight

5lbs of fat cosumes more volume in the human bady than 5lbs of muscle

A few thoughts on positive rosacea control, weight loss control, as well as mental hygiene is to think the following Lifestyle Creed: “I make time for myself each day, making sure that I identify and meet my personal needs. After unexpected setbacks, I bounce back quickly to my healthful routines, I am patient with my rate of weight loss and I am motivated to continue healthful habits no matter how much I lose each week. As I evaluate my progress each day with a daily diary of foods, water, and other fluids, stress, allergy conditions, and sun exposure, I notice if my habits start to slip, and I take immediate action to get back on track. I take full responsibility for my health, fitness, and overall well-being and realize it is up to me and no one can do it for me. As I work out regularly and moderately in a cool exercise area while well hydrated, I reap the benefits of a slimmer, healthier body. My self-talk is positive, kind, gentle, and loving. My drive to reach and maintain my goals is inextinguishable. As I am in control of my meal plan, stress plan, and life plan as an adult, I know that I may choose to have and do whatever I wish as that will be responsible as the adult that I am. I courageously follow the path of change even in the face of new obstacles and new challenges”. Eat three small meals rather than one big meal to help prevent rosacea flare-ups. Also graze between meals to keep the blood sugar level up. When eating always take into consideration consider calorie intake and weight control.

Be sure to balance your nutrition even if you are reducing your calorie intake. Many people are particularly deficient in the beneficial polyunsaturated fats provided by seafood, such as Omega-3 DHA.


14. Sleep

Plan your schedule to achieve at least 8 hours of sleep each night to prevent the body from becoming stressed. Chronic sleep deprivation takes a toll on immune surveillance. (more about curing insomnia)

15. Avoid Stress

Stress can be anything that disrupts your body’s natural balance. Typically, we think of stress as a reaction to a perceived threat. The pulse rises, the muscles tense, and the immune system begins to shut down as the body prepares for “fight or flight.” Many rosacea sufferers notice a flushing of the face as adrenal acid is added to the body system, but the harmful effects of stress go far beyond a red face. Those who cannot relieve stress as needed may also experience fatigue, upset stomach, and frequent headaches. These symptoms get much worse over time if the body stays in a stressful state. (more about stress management)

16. lifestyle recommendations to improve your rosacea symptoms and to make you ‘look good’ and ‘feel better’ in your professional and personal life.

Learn more about two correct analysis of improving the human body and fighting human diseases. It is very interesting to note that both men were correct with two very different methods. Louis Pasteur was attacking bacteria, virus and fungi by medications and Antoine Bechamp was improving the body or terrain by Lifestyle changes. Learn more about these theories at Louis Pasteur vs. Antoine Bechamp: Know the True Causes of Disease