Is Rosacea Affecting Your Self-Esteem?

My Rosacea Story

This isn’t my typical post, but why put a limit on what types of information I can share?
So without further ado, this is my Rosacea story.

All through middle and high school I had perfect skin. It was pale, soft, supple, and most importantly CLEAR.
It wasn’t until I turned 23 when I started getting “acne”. At least I thought it was acne. It began on one side of my face with tiny swollen red bumps. They were kind of in a cluster on my cheek. At this time, I also started feeling weird hot and cold sensations on the other side of my face.

So let’s face it, I freaked out. I was convinced I had some weird neurological nerve issue in my face. I went to doctor after doctor seeking results. The hot and cold sensations were driving me insane! I received no concrete answers.
Two years went by, and my hot and cold sensations slowly faded away. However, my face was red, bumpy, and scaly.

I started to seek answers again but this time for my “acne”.
I was diagnosed with acne over and over again until I went to see a dermatologist.
He told me that it looked like rosacea, but even he wasn’t completely sure.

With that being said, I tried so many different treatments to cure my rosacea.

Acne/Rosacea Treatments

Proactive
Metro Gel
Antibiotics
Clearasil
Prosacea
LED Lights
Hydro Facials

This is only a handful of treatments that I have tried. None of them worked permanently. Metro Gel helped my skin texture, and the antibiotics cleared up my skin until I stopped taking them. However, as soon as I came off the antibiotics, my skin broke out 10 times worse than before. My dermatologist recommended a low dose antibiotic to keep my skin clear, but ultimately the side effects were too much for me to handle.
I became really depressed, unmotivated, sick to my stomach, and I felt an overall sense of poor health.

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

After two more years of trying out different treatments, I finally found my golden egg. I was on a Metro Gel discussion forum online and I read about the benefits of sulfur. Sulfur is great for killing skin mites. After some research, I learned a lot about skin mite infestations (Demodex Mites) and their link to rosacea. These mites can also cause burning sensations under the skin. I finally found my answer. Many people who suffer from rosacea might have more Demodex mites than normal people.
So why didn’t my dermatologist take me seriously when I brought up this up?
Apparently, big pharma pays more than the truth.
What is more profitable? A medication that costs $100.00+ every three months, or a sulfur bar soap that costs less than $10.00 on Amazon?

I’m not saying that this soap is a “cure all”, but I am saying, give it a try. For less than $10.00, it’s worth a shot.
When I first started using it, my skin cleared up within a week but broke back out for a few weeks. This is because after the first round of mites died, their leftover eggs hatched. It took some time, but after a few months of sulfur soap, my skin is clearer and less red. I would say that I am about 85% clear now.

I will link the soap that I use below, and if you have any questions, please contact me. I completely understand how frustrating it can be to have your self-esteem lowered by bad skin.

Sulfur Soap

Self Care Saturday

Enjoy A Hot Cup Of Tea Or Coffee

Enjoying a cup of tea or coffee in the morning is one of life’s simple pleasures.
These days, it seems that we are always “on the go”.
When you get up in the morning and head to work, you are typically rushing out the door.
That means if your drinking coffee or tea, it’s out of a to-go mug and you’re probably chugging it.
And let’s be honest here, coffee tastes way better when you are slowly sipping it from your favorite porcelain mug.

Read A Magazine

Another great thing to do while you’re sipping on your warm beverage is to read a magazine.
Yes, a magazine.
You could even read a book if magazines are not your cup of tea.
Personally, I used to watch Youtube while drinking my morning coffee, but I’ve decided to kick it old school for a while.
Sometimes it’s just nice to disconnect from all of our smart machines.
Simplicity is key.

Go Get A Mani-Pedi

Mani-Pedis can make any day feel like a self-care day.
I don’t know about you, but beauty time is essential. If I don’t do this at least once a week, I feel frumpy.
And when you feel frumpy, you feel down.
So let’s lift our spirits and get Mani-Pedis when we need them!

If you don’t have the financial means to go get one done, do it at home.
There are so many great tips on the internet that can make it just as relaxing!

Binge Watch Your Favorite Netflix TV Show

I don’t think this needs much explaining.
What is better than forgetting about your stressful work week and vegging out on one of your favorite tv shows?

Eat Whatever You Want

While you binge-watch Netflix, go ahead and binge on your favorite food.
I completely understand wanting to stay on a healthy diet, but one cheat day will not kill you.
What’s the point of living a long and healthy life if you can’t enjoy your favorite food now and again?
Personally, I go get Raising Cane’s Chicken.
It is seriously the best comfort food ever!!!

 

5 Morning Habits To Pump You Up!

Set Your Alarm 2 Hours Before You Need To Do Anything

Yes, you read that right. I know waking up early is hard, and we all want to hit that snooze button to get some extra ZZZs. However, when you allow yourself time to wake up, you are allowing yourself the simple pleasure of slowing down. Let’s face it, we all hate rushing out of bed, to rush to the shower, to rush to work. I’ve driven to work half asleep many times. Yeah, it may seem harmless, but that little bit of panic every morning is building unnecessary stress that could be easily avoided. Not to mention, no one looks or feels their best when they are in a hurry.

Don’t Check Your Phone When You Wake Up

I repeat, DO NOT CHECK YOUR PHONE WHEN YOU WAKE UP! This is a habit that most of us have. We are in a world where everything we need is on our smartphone. Alarm clocks, calendars, news, weather, email, stocks, messages, and of course social media.

I understand if you need to use your phone for an alarm clock. Who wants to go out and buy one when you can use the one on your phone, but after that alarm goes off, put your phone down! Everything else can wait. I know you want to check your stocks, your calendar, or the weather. You may even want to see how many “likes” you got on your last Instagram photo. When you take time for yourself in the morning, all of that can wait.

Don’t fill your head with outside media before you even have a chance to think for yourself.

Open Your Blinds And Let The Sun Peek Through Your Windows

What’s better than vitamin D? Sunshine is a natural mood booster, not to mention Vitamin D can help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, increase brain function (which we totally need in the morning), and it even has cancer-fighting properties. Yay for morning sunshine.

Personally, I just love to watch the sun come up over the trees. I find it uplifting. It’s also a great time for stretching. The benefits of stretching and yoga are incredible.

Have A Tall Glass Of Water With Your Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning can rehydrate your body. It also flushes out toxins that have been building up overnight. Drinking water is the key to great health and a glowing complexion.

A tip to really boost the benefits is put fresh lemon or ginger in your water. These will both help to kickstart your metabolism and detox your body.

Review Your Goals And Plan Out Your Day

If you take the time to go over your goals every single day, you can achieve them faster. By looking at these each morning, you can plan accordingly to take the steps to accomplish them. This habit can also get you motivated and excited for your day.