Q&A: Should I continue with your rosacea Kit? What do you recommend for “teenage” acne?

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Hi Batty, I have been using the rosacea kit since early December. (What I have is acne rosacea. So my nose, and cheeks are red plus in the last few years I have developed the acne. I do follow all the tips that you recommend for balancing hormones and have for quite some time.) I have gone as far as a gaps diet but nothing seemed to really work. I had checked out your skin support serum and the tea and was thinking about ordering those . So, I’m still not sure what to do?

I noticed that my skin was softer and some of the acne was disappearing. Maybe a little redness as well. Nothing drastic. I believe that part of the problem with the acne is hormonal. My acne seems to calm a little and then about every 3 weeks it breaks out but seems to hang out for a while. I am almost out of the face mask. I would like to continue to use your products. “Should I just continue with the rosacea kit?”  Also, I have a 12-year-old girl who has started the teenage acne. Nothing bad but still what would you recommend I use from your products for her?

batty

Th going to provide my recommendations first, but then will follow-up with some extra info. If anything from the extra info sparks something you think I need to know to tweak my recommendations, just let me know 🙂

I’m focusing my recommendations on rosacea because it was the problem that cropped up first (and any rosacea focused recommendations won’t aggravate your acne, BUT certain acne recommendations could aggravate your rosacea!). So we’ll play it safe and focus on rosacea, as well as internal work that benefits both.
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Recommendation: Continue with the Rosacea Kit

You mentioned that you’ve been using the rosacea kit since Dec – I would definitely recommend continuing to using it if you’re seeing even the smallest improvements. Our skin is often slow to calm / balance / react to changes so it’s important to stick with it.  Rosacea or acne (or both!) that are caused by previous product use (i.e. chemical based products or products that your skin is sensitive to or reacts to), begins to calm down fastest. Although depending on how sensitized and damaged the skin has become, this too can take a while to clear. But, i often find that my customers aren’t only dealing with product-induced skin problems, so we need to take it a step further while continuing to nurture our skin with calming ingredients (and you definitely picked the right kit for that!).

Recommendation: Internal Support plus a few other suggestions

Having said that, it sounds like you’ve taken steps to support your system via internal methods (I’m not an expert on the gaps diet but if it follows the guidelines in the hormonal balancing tips and focuses on whole foods, then that’s awesome!). I find that internal support (via food) takes the longest to show up as progress on our skin. So it can be hard to stick with or know if it’s working or not, but it’s definitely worth sticking with. Internal changes will be what clears up stubborn and chronic skin care problems that natural skin care alone can’t.
A few things that might help (and have been proven to work with a lot of rosacea sufferers) are listed below:
  • Supplementing with B vitamins. 
    • Often rosacea actually INCREASES our nutritional requirement for several of the B vitamins as well as other nutritional requirements. The nutrients that have been directly linked with rosacea (as in a deficiency has been linked) are riboflavin (b2), coenzyme q10, vitamin k, niacinamide (b3), thiamine (b1), and selenium. There’s also strong evidence that the whole b vitamin group can be beneficial to rosacea sufferers. making sure you’re getting adequate amounts (or more!) of the above should help.
  • Topical B vitamins via my Hydration Mist.
    • My hydration mist has recently been updated to include provitamin b5 and vitamin b3 (applying these topically was found to be as beneficial as taking these nutrients internally… doing both would be even better!). I also feel that the hydration mist will help calm your skin because it’s loaded with aloe.
  • Increase your intake of EFA (=reduce inflammation, a key in both acne and rosacea)
    • EFA – essential fatty acids – have also been shown to improve several skin conditions (notably acne, rosacea, and eczema). You may be getting a good amount of EFAs with your clean diet, but be sure to double-check how much you’re getting and what the recommended intake is. When clearing up a skin problem, the more EFAs the better (some daily recommended intake guidelines are pretty low). I supplement my diet with fish oil capsules from my naturopath (if you’d like to know what kind i take i’d be happy to share the name/brand with you!)
  • Skin Support Tea
    • Like we already discussed 🙂
  • if there’s one body system that all skin problems have in common it’s our digestive system! I talk a bit about this in the video I mentioned in my previous email, but supporting your digestive system is a lot more in-depth than what I had time to mention. It sounds like you’ve already got off to a great start with this (with your clean diet). One of the things i often tell my one-on-one clients (and this might sound like too much information lol) is to make sure they are having a bowel movement at least once a day! many natural health practitioners recommend more than this (the trend seems to be 2 – 3 x a day). The reason I mention this is because many people with chronic skin problems don’t even realize their digestive system is compromised (not working as efficiently as it can) and is therefore causing skin problems. And bowel movements are one of the first places to figure out if somethings “off” or not. BUT, even if BM aren’t an issue, many times we don’t even have any overt symptoms to tell us our digestive system is causing (or adding to) our skin grief (no cramping, no “bathroom issues”, no gas, etc). But it’s more likely than not that a slow / compromised / over burned digestive system is contributing to the problem.
  • Skin Support Facial SerumSkin Support Serum: Not on your face!I think giving the skin support serum is worth a shot, but do not apply it to your face – since rosacea is at play, it could aggravate it. If you do go with the skin support serum (for the hormone balancing benefits), apply it on any of the areas shown in the picture on the skin support serum page. 
  • Speaking of serums: Rosacea Serum
    • If you have to pick one serum (the skin support or the rosacea serum), I feel that the rosacea serum might be a better place to start. Although your hormones are likely at least one cause of your skin concerns, the other suggestions (along with the clean diet you’ve adopted) should help balanced out store_thumbnail_template our hormones… and when picking one serum, the rosacea serum might help you see results quicker as far as reducing redness. Both serums will definitely help, but I’m leaning towards the rosacea one for you, at least for the next while… especially since you’ve only been using the rosacea kit since dec, now is a good time (at the beginning of your journey with BB products) to load up on the calming ingredients.
  • Focus on supporting your digestive system
    • There’s a ton of resources online for supporting your digestive system so I’ll just share the two things I tell almost all my clients:
      • add psyllium husks to food or a drink once a day. I do this by adding it to smoothies (my smoothies are: 1/3 is kale & spinach, 1/3 fruit, 1/3 water… plus flax & chia seeds, probiotics, etc). speaking of kale & spinach, the more green veggies you can work into your diet the better (which you probably already know since you’ve on a clean diet). But i thought I’d mention it. If you can’t get enough greens by eating them, green food supplements are a great option.
      • take a probiotic. the one i take is from my naturopath (and I’ll happily share the brand/name of it with you if you’d like!).
    • A couple more notes on digestion….
      • There has been a few studies that show a link between low hydrochloric acid and/or high levels of candida in the digestive systems of both acne and rosacea sufferers. Either (or both) might be something to explore further. 
        • noted suggestions for both are taking hydrochloric acid and/or digestive enzymes, as well as cutting out processed sugar and white bread/rice. Plus, antifungal therapies if candida is a culprit 
      • There was a study done in 2002, specifically with rosacea patients and they found that speeding up transit through the bowel (ie. time it takes food to hit your stomach and go out your you know where lol), immediately relieved the majority of rosacea symptoms! Now I only saw part of the study so I don’t know what they classify as “immediately” – it could have been after weeks of a particular regiment, and I don’t know what they did to speed up the transit time, but the takeaway points us back to having healthy and efficient digestion.
        • noted suggestions for speeding up transit time is usually drinking aloe juice daily
Ok.. that’s it for my recommendations in this email 😉

Now on to the extra info I promised…

  • Although “Acne rosacea” is a common phrase that was used before scientists and researchers realized how different the two diseases really are, it’s rarely a term that gets used now (in a medical / treatment setting). And because each of them (acne and rosacea) contain completely different processes, it’s super important to figure out which one you’re dealing with…. but that’s not to say you don’t have both!  Having both isn’t as common, but it definitely happens!
 There’s several different ways to figure out if you are suffering from both, or if it’s rosacea (which is great at mimicking acne in appearance with redness, inflammation, and even pimples!), but one of the first things I often ask people in this situation is if they have or have noticed blackheads or not?  Blackheads are usually not present with rosacea (or at least they aren’t present in abundance). Additionally, physical symptoms of rosacea only show up on the face, where acne can show up all over the body (so, if you’re only experiencing acne symptoms on your face, and never have any problems anywhere else, it might be rosacea mimicking acne).
  • If you’re experiencing any visible “veins” or broken capillaries on your cheeks or nose a deficiency in progesterone could be at play.

The Bottom line

For product recommendations is to stick with the rosacea kit, add in the hydration mist and rosacea serum, and start on the skin support tea. Skin support serum can be added to your routine as well but not to your face 😉

 

Acne Prone Skin Care

 

Quick Start Recommendations for Teenage Daughter

In reply to suggestions for your daughter:

Teenage acne is almost always hormonal based. She’ll definitely want to start with the acne prone skin care kit as well as the skin support serum. Internally, suggestions for steps she can take include 30mg of zinc a day, and following these tips. You might benefit from the skin support serum as well (read up on all the benefits here).

 

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