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The Eyes Have It! Rosacea? Really?

Posted on 9 July, 2018 at 18:17 Comments comments (310)
So I thought I'd write about conditions that you might see (no pun intended) around your eyes. The first that comes to mind is rosacea. As you may already know, the word rosacea means red. We used to use the diagnosis acne rosacea but that was changed well over 10 years ago. When rosacea was diagnosed, we'd look for the characteristics of everything from a red glow in the cheeks to the red, bulbus nose likened always to W.C. Fields or Karl Maulden. These were two actors that you won't know unless your parents or grandparents introduced you to them. 
Acne- like blemishes could also be seen and different from acne vulgaris, these lesions would be painful and never express like typical acne. The skin would also be very hot and uncomfortable. OH! the eyes. Peri-orbital rosacea is a condition we sometimes see alone. Meaning you can JUST have rosacea in the upper cheeks and around the eye area. Surprisingly, it also involves the eyes themselves. Your skin can be flaring slightly and they can be red and irritated and you wonder why? Rosacea it is. The painful, red raised lesions generally form on the upper cheeks in the viscinity of the eyes. 
The easiest thing is to calm with something cold. Sometimes, even though rosacea is often tied to diet the following recommendation has nothing to do with that. However, you could if you wanted to take it by mouth and I've recommended Phillips Milk of Magnesia as a mask as well. The Mint flavor I prefer. It is more aesthetically pleasing to the scent. Of course, if this condition persists- and it may come and go- especially if you don't change a few things about your diet or stress coping skills, you should consult a dermatologist. Some actually specialize in rosacea so you may seek one in your community who does. 
Coming from Northern European (Scots/Irish) decent, I have expereinced this untoward skin condition a few times. I have to say that learning a few coping skills, watching your diet for spicy foods, hot (temperatures) in foods and climates and yes, alcohol consumption are really effective toward curtailing this condition.But as with any condition, if you try a few things and it seems to worsen, see a dermatologist as you may need a booster anti-biotic that you would take by mouth.  Any questions? 

Eczema is More than Skin Deep

Posted on 25 August, 2013 at 11:56 Comments comments (368)
Coming from an eczema survivor. 

If you have eczema and have done "everything" you know to do: You've seen a dermatologist or twenty dermatologists, changed your skin care, changed your living environment, gotten rid of pets, changed your diet, seen an allergist.  Is there anything you haven't done? 
Have you considered "changing you mind'? All of the above in concert with one another or independent of each may help "control" your condition for a time. As long as you believe that they are helping they can and they will.But, are you confronting the dis-ease of your disease. The fear that comes from knowing it is going to come back. This is reinforced by experience. Have you found (and this is true for many illnesses) that after a while the treatment doesn't help any longer? 
Have you ever wondered, Why doesn't anything work for me?

A new way of thinking that actually stems from a very old way of thinking may be just the key you are looking for. Everyone's has heard of "the power of positive thinking". But, have you heard of "positive psychology or acceptance based therapy"?  I was watching Joel Osteen today and he was saying, from the bible, that "Words have creative power" and "Nothing happens until you speak it."  That is positive or negative.

The other day I was listening to Dr. Mark Waldman and he said that in their research they have found that the brain can be retrained to to be positive. The right frontal lobe of the brain contains the primitive fear based thoughts for our protection, the left frontal lobe recognizes things in the present moment and is what makes us want to move forward. But, if the right lobe senses something "threatening could Happen" we are STOPPED in moving forward. He spoke about acceptance based therapy where you allow yourself to feel the negative. Once it is recognized for what it is then you can make a different choice in how you will proceed. 
That's what happens when a therapy that once worked brilliantly suddenly stops working. Our right lobe fears losing the disease we are living with. Losing the familiar that we are getting "something of value" by having. You have to ask yourself, "What am I getting from my condition?" First of all, let me point out the obvious. If in that statement the words "my condition" made sense to you then you are owning that condition, it is yours. The first question is, "Is this something I want to own?" There are simple keys everywhere that can open the doors to our healthy self. See yourself and your skin as "clear", "Healthy", "strong", "valuable" and it WILL be. 

Do you work out for your muscles and your heart to be stronger. When you work out do you think I will look better and feel better? More than likely. And that's what get's you back to the gym or out running or whatever you do. It's the same with changing your skin condition. The thoughts that go with eczema are feeling unworthy or inadequate. Most people with eczema are givers and much more comfortable giving than receiving. Guess what that indicates that we want to keep the world at a distance, want to stay covered up. Ironically, just what the condition allows us to do. The only way to change that is to change your mind. Start believing and more importantly START SAYING," I have value, I have something of value to say and to share" "I deserve to receive good things".
One last thing that might help is that receiving from someone is like giving a gift. If you know how good you feel when someone accepts a gift from you imagine the gift you are giving them by graciously receiving openly all gifts from friends, family or others. This will take practice. So why not start today. Say "thank you" out loud one hundred times every morning. You will soon be putting behind those words things like for my family, my intelligence, for my hair and even for my skin condition. Once you begin to accept it, it will begin to dissipate and fade, your treatments will work and one day like me you will learn how to live with eczema and it won't even be there for the world to see.