The older I get, the more comfortable I am with my skin. I am blessed with mostly clear skin (aside from the occasional pimple) and very few lines (thanks to a healthy diet, lots of water and sunscreen in just about everything I put on my face). However, I never feel completely comfortable going 100% makeup free due to an uneven skin tone and facial redness around my nose, cheeks and mouth. Luckily, my redness is just a combination of my Irish genes and some slight sensitivity, but there are SO many women out there suffering from skin conditions such as rosacea. There have been some topical treatments out there to treat persistent facial redness, but nothing has been approved by the FDA that is specifically developed and indicated for rosacea...until now. Wouldn't you love to be able to ditch your heavy face makeup for a day and let your naturally beautiful skin show through without being embarrassed about your skin? Not only does it just feel great to let your skin BREATHE every once in a while, (or more than once in a while in my case...) it's important for the health of your complexion to get some oxygen! Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to go to the 2014 Emmy Awards! Cha-Ching!
Avoid Potential Irritants
- Cosmetics, creams, and cleansers with added fragrances
- Harsh scrubs, toners, or astringents
- Waterproof products that require scrubbing to remove
- Products with alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, peppermint, or eucalyptus oil
Know Your Triggers
- Sun Exposure: A National Rosacea Society survey identified sun as the #1 rosacea trigger. Minimizing exposure to sun by wearing protective clothing or applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher may help.
- Heat: Hot showers, hot weather, hot beverages...try to keep it cool to avoid redness flare-ups.
- Cold: Winter wind and cold air are big triggers for many people. Protect your face when you have to spend time in the cold.
- Exercise: Workouts are great for the body, but they’re also great at heating up your facial redness. When you're exercising—indoors or out—try to stay cool.
- Food: Red wine, spicy foods, hot beverages, and foods such as soy sauce, vinegar, and cheese could set off redness. To identify your trouble foods, pay attention to how your skin reacts after you eat a suspected trigger.
- Stress: Worry and tension can bring on rosacea redness, which can bring on more stress! Find ways to manage your stress and make sure you’re getting proper rest and eating right.
Now that we've gotten a solution for your skin under control, wouldn't you love to show it off at this year's Emmy Awards?! Yeah, I thought so. Maybe you'll even attract the attention of Jon Hamm or Damian Lewis, in which case, you HAVE to invite me to the wedding so I can give a speech about how I basically introduced you, mmkay?? Click HERE to enter!
Important Safety Information Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis. Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud's phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.
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