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Rosacea

RosaceaJacquie Eubanks RN BSNRosacea is a poorly understood chronic disorder that exhibits symptoms of redness and acne-like breakouts that appear on the facial area, and less frequently, the eye, ear, chest and back areas. Perimenopausal women, fair-skinned individuals, and middle aged and older adults are the most likely to develop rosacea, although anyone can get the disease at any age. Rosacea affects an estimated 16 million Americans, the clear majority of whom are currently untreated. While more research is needed, studies have shown associations between rosacea and increased risk for a growing list of health conditions, including allergies, and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, as well as irritable bowel, ulcerative colitis, and celiac and Crohn’s diseases, providing additional reasons to seek a medical diagnosis and an overall health assessment.

Typically striking individuals over 30 years of age, rosacea often presents as a sudden inexplicable blush, similar to a light sunburn. Symptoms may disappear relatively quickly, only to appear again another day. Warning signs of rosacea include persistent redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead, small visible blood vessels on the face, facial bumps or pimples, and watery or irritated eyes. Symptoms are known to worsen with each recurrence; the complexion tends to become ruddier, flare-ups last increasingly longer, and burning, itching, swelling and skin thickening may eventually occur. Understandably, the condition often has negative effects on emotional, occupational, and social wellbeing, from embarrassment to low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

The cause of rosacea remains undetermined. However, people may inherit the tendency to develop the disorder. Numerous environmental and lifestyle factors are known to trigger symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Common triggers include sun exposure, hot or cold weather, wind and humidity, emotional stress, alcohol consumption, hot or spicy foods and beverages, intense exercise, food sensitivities, and certain personal care products. Any activity that causes flushing or overheats the facial area, such as a sauna, a hot bath or high intensity exercise, has the potential to cause a flare-up.

Although there is no cure, early diagnosis is highly recommended, as individualized treatment can help to control the condition, improve skin appearance, and slow symptom progression.  Initially, an oral medication protocol or long term use of a topical cream may reduce redness and bring the condition under control. Identifying and avoiding lifestyle and environmental triggers that aggravate individual conditions can greatly improve chances of remission. A gentle, non-irritating skin care routine utilizing products formulated for sensitive skin is imperative for minimizing irritation and improving appearance. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) suggests avoiding potentially irritating ingredients, including witch hazel, menthol, and eucalyptus, as well as fragrances, astringents and exfoliating agents.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends minimizing personal care products to those that have multiple functions, such as a moisturizer that contains sunblock. As fragrances are high on the list of irritants, AAD advises the use of fragrance-free, allergy tested products to reduce the risk of irritation. As irritants vary from person to person, testing a small amount of product on the neck area before using on the facial area is recommended. Use fingertips, not a washcloth, when cleansing the face and rinse with lukewarm, not hot or cold, water. Men can get a close shave with less facial irritation by avoiding shave creams and opting for an electric razor. An aftershave balm designed for sensitive skin can help to soothe and moisturize the skin after shaving. Nutrients and treatments that help control symptoms often result in improved confidence and enhanced self-esteem. Studies show that when fewer signs and symptoms are visible, the overall quality of life improves.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products to support the health and appearance of the skin:

Zinc 15Zinc 15 by Pure Encapsulations®: This highly absorbable zinc picolinate provides support for the body’s defense systems, as well as collagen formation, healthy tissue development and tissue repair. Zinc has been shown to be effective in managing dermatological conditions, calming inflammation, reducing breakouts and soothing redness. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

OmegaGenics® Evening...OmegaGenics® Evening Primrose Oil by Metagenics: High in naturally sourced omega-6 fatty acids, evening primrose oil helps to improve skin health, soothes inflamed skin, aids in the maintenance of healthy cell membranes, and provides support for overall health. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Women's NutrientsWomen’s Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations®: Designed for women over 40 years of age, this complete nutrient-rich formula provides highly bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and botanicals to alleviate nutrient deficiencies and support overall heath and function.

Pycnogenol (7041)Pycnogenol® by Douglas Laboratories: This French maritime pine bark extract is well known for its powerful antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory properties. Pycnogenol® helps to reduce allergy triggers, tamping down not only inflammation but histamine production as well. It binds to collagen fibers providing free radical protection and preserving the natural elasticity of the skin. Gluten, soy, dairy and yeast free formulation.

Active B-ComplexActive B Complex by Integrative Therapeutics: This formula corrects or prevents the B vitamin deficiencies often seen in those with rosacea. Sufficient B vitamin intake is essential to the growth, repair and replication of healthy skin cells and healthy cellular function. Gluten and soy free vegetarian formulation.

References:
What is Rosacea? https://www.rosacea.org/
Rosacea Awareness Month Highlights Warning Signs. https://www.rosacea.org/weblog/rosacea-awareness-month-highlights-warning-signs
Skin Care & Cosmetics. https://www.rosacea.org/patients/skincare/index.php
Rosacea: Who Gets and Causes. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/rosacea#causes
Questions and Answers about Rosacea. https://www.niams.nih.gov/HEALTH_INFO/Rosacea/default.asp

Weight Loss Wars: Men Vs. Women

ManVWomanJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks
BSN, RN
 

While many women struggle to lose unwanted weight, men seem to have an easier time shedding excess pounds.  Men do have a competitive edge when it comes to weight loss, as men’s bodies naturally contain more muscle mass and are more prone to building muscle due to higher levels of the hormone testosterone.  As a result, men have a higher resting metabolism.  These two advantages combined means more calories burned and quicker weight loss, as a higher metabolic rate burns more calories just to keep the body functioning.  While it can be frustrating to watch your significant other lose weight at a faster pace, hang in there.  With a little more time and effort, women can reach their fitness and weight loss goals. 

Men can often lose weight by increasing their exercise as opposed to combining diet and exercise.  Research suggests that women need to get significantly more exercise to get the same health benefits and must also address their diets to see weight loss results.  Men tend to have more visceral fat, which is easier to lose.  However, this type of fat accumulates in the abdomen and surrounds vital organs, and is linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke.  Women have more subcutaneous fat found just under the skin, which can result in cellulite and dimpling.  Women tend to carry more body fat on their thighs and around their hips, much healthier areas to store body fat.     

From that standpoint, women may have one advantage, as throughout their lives even the fittest women naturally average 6 – 11% more body fat than men.  Women’s estrogen levels work to retain fat in order to preserve fertility as a natural part of women’s child bearing physiology.  While women may have a harder time losing fat, subcutaneous fat is the least harmful to health.  Unfortunately, women tend to be emotional eaters, making it harder to resist unhealthy foods and sabotaging our diet resolve.  Stress eaters tend to weigh more on average, and consuming extra calories when we are stressed or lonely can make weight loss even more challenging. 

While women tend to engage in aerobic exercise or use light weights while strength training for fear of building muscle, men tend to use heavier weights that build muscle and burn more calories.  When women cut calories, their bodies tend to go into starvation mode, slowing metabolism and hanging onto fat, while men’s bodies respond more quickly to exercise.  As women’s bodies are typically smaller than men’s, women have lower caloric needs, leaving less room for a reduction in calories.  As a result, women lose fat much more slowly than a larger man, who can create a larger calorie deficit more easily. 

Engaging in high intensity, shorter bouts of exercise helps to burn fat and increase muscle mass for both men and women.  Weight training at least twice a week will get your fat burning engine revving, help to build a streamlined physique and strengthen your bones.  While women may struggle more than men to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, obesity is an equal opportunity offender.  Eating healthy foods in moderation and living an active lifestyle will result in reaching your goals no matter your gender.  So while it may take patience for women to get closer to their ideal weight, persistence pays off.  While initially men lose more weight and more body fat, after about 6 months the rate of weight loss evens out, equalizing the playing field.   While the pounds may not drop as quickly as some women might prefer, as long as it is moving in the right direction, you are on track to meet your goals. 

Products to support weight loss goals include:

Weight Loss Support PacketsWeight Loss Support Packets by Designs for Health – This complete program provides support for optimal fat burning, reduced cravings, increased energy and improved metabolism and leptin resistance. 
 
Women's Nutrients
 
Women’s Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations provides broad spectrum health support with highly bioavailable multivitamins, minerals and trace elements and is specifically designed for women over 40 years of age. 
 
 
Healthy Transformation Weight Loss Program (Without Soup)
Healthy Transformation Weight Loss Program by Metagenics provides a 12 week program for basic wellness and strategic weight loss support along with a 30 day supply of nutritional products.  Available with and without individual soup packets. 
 
 
Al's Formula (Basic Nutrients For Men Over 40) (VMM)
 
 
Al’s Formula (Basic Nutrients for Men over 40) by Thorne Research provides comprehensive vitamin and mineral support for mature men’s health and wellness.