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Seeing Red: The Myths around the causes of red cheeks & nose?

Published: Mon March 18, 2013
Categories: The Myth Minx
Tags: blushing, Fiona Tuck, flushing, Myth Minx, red, red cheeks and nose, red reaction, Rosacea, skin blushing, skin flushing, skinstitut

Hello there, If facial flushing is getting you (or your clients) in a fluster and causing embarrassment, ‘you are not alone’ as the saying goes and a recent statistic shows! According to a 2012 skin survey, approximately 1 in 20 people suffer from the chronic facial reddening, a condition that is clinically diagnosed by the name rosacea.  Or, as a friend of the Myth Minx’s likes to put it: “A condition that makes my face’s skin look & feel like the colour of a tomato that’s in a bad mood.” Yet whilst the common myth is that red cheeks and a red nose is caused by being fired up, flustered or drinking too much whiskey, it actually is just that, ‘ just a myth.’ Let me explain why… By definition: Rosacea is a chronic redness that is characterised by small red bumps that typically develop across the cheeks and nose but may also appear on the chin, forehead and neck. Rosacea usually begins with intermittent flushing and vasodilation of the blood vessels across the nose and cheeks. Early warning signs include: excessive blushing after sun exposure & environmental elements such as a cold and wind.  Or even after drinking the odd glass of wine. These signs all may all be early signs that you are indeed at the early stages of rosacea. If left, the flushing becomes more frequent over time until eventually the skin becomes permanently red and inflamed. So what’s the reason? There are many links between rosacea and poor digestion, hormonal imbalances and the overgrowth of the skin mite Demodex folliculorum that have been discovered through research. The most telling research in my opinion points to low stomach acid as the main contributing factor. This in turn leads to poor digestion and absorption of nutrients, particularly water soluble vitamins such as vitamin B and vitamin C  -- that for regular readers of this blog you all know have strong affects on the skin through varying reactions. In Rosacea’s case, the deficiencies in these nutrients can manifest on the skin as redness and irritation and dilated capillaries respectively. So the next time you’re ‘seeing red’ and you don’t know what to do – Remember: Rosacea’s rosy reaction is frustrating, but instead of ‘seeing red’ focus on the fact that you can reason with it. A visit to a clinical nutritionist who will be able to advise on lifestyle factors and diet to alleviate this condition – is a great option to put the red “ Tired Tomato’ look’ to bed. Also be sure to tune in to my Top 5 Tips To Tame Rosacea’s Reactions on Thursday. Keen to read more of Myth Minx Blogs? Click Here X MM Ask me aquestion? Do you have a question about this article that you’d like me to answer? Let me know your feedback or thoughts as I’d love to hear what your experiences have been?  

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